From the NY Sun:
We do not believe God is punishing Mayor Bloomberg for the hubris of twisting the law to seek a third term, but if the cataract of bad news that has befallen Hizzoner were the work of God, it would be just like Her. Certainly there is some sort of larger justice in the way his acts of mayoral arrogance come a cropper. Lately the mayor has been made a fool of by a storm named Irene and been exposed for dissembling, even if for the most decent of reasons, over the departure of Deputy Mayor Goldsmith. Now the New York Times is out with a poll saying most New Yorkers say the city’s school system has “stagnated or declined,” as the Times summarized it, since Mr. Bloomberg seized control nine years ago.
The tragedy for the mayor is that he is now entering the downward slope of a third term that he was permitted to purchase in the face of two votes of the people to limit the mayoralty to two terms. He could have left office after two terms at the top of his game. His troubles — unhappiness with the schools, his misjudgments in the snow and the rain, the resentment at his assault on cars and restaurants — all stem from the conceit that the nanny state and its operators know better than New Yorkers what’s good for them. The latest poll by the New York Times is evidence that in respect of schools, New Yorkers are able to draw their own conclusions.