From the NY Times:
Mr. Bloomberg continues to receive attention from the national news media that would make a presidential candidate blush. On Wednesday, he appeared on NBC’s “Today” and CBS’s “Early Show” to talk about the killing of Osama bin Laden, and the previous week he was invited to discuss the economy, immigration and national politics on “Fox News Sunday,” PBS’s “Tavis Smiley” show and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
But at home, Mr. Bloomberg faces an abundance of negative sentiment, much of it a result of New York City’s botched response to a snowstorm in December, his ill-fated decision to appoint Cathleen P. Black to lead the public school system and lingering unhappiness over his bulldozing of term limits in 2008.
The data-driven mayor, who has spent many millions of dollars on polls for his campaigns, has tried to bolster his public standing with a rare nonelection-year advertising campaign.
But now he is going further, arguing — already — that his legacy as mayor will overshadow short-term stumbles. At times it sounds as if he is trying to convince himself, as much as the public, that his current unpopularity will not define his tenure.