After a spirited, emotional and at times raucous debate, the New York City Council voted, 29 to 22, on Thursday afternoon to extend term limits, allowing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to seek re-election next year and undoing the result of two voter referendums that had imposed a limit of two four-year terms.
Bloomberg isn't normally very high on my radar, and I have no strong opinions about him either way, with the exception of the man's ego who argues that he is the one who must lead the city through the upcoming economic turmoil as if no one else is capable. It's the old we're at war so we must have a leadership continuum routine. You may recall that mindset from the 2004 presidential election.
What I call an ego, Councilman John C. Liu of Queens calls "arrogance."