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John Pod, Bloomberg, and The Party of Lincoln

For John Pod, the New Yorker’s New Yorker, a question from out California-way: At this point, do you accept Bloomberg as a genuine Republican? When the mayor ran for election in the first place, the conventional take was that he’d registered as a Republican merely to avoid the expense of running in the Democratic primary. (That take that never made all that much sense to me, since Big Bucks Mike never seemed to worry about expenses). Now that you’ve had four years to observe him in action, what do you think Bloomberg is? A Rockefeller Republican? A non-partisan, good government type? Or a Democrat in permanent disguise?


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