The Power Broker As Pragmatist

The Power Broker As Pragmatist
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When former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg declined earlier this year to enter the Democratic presidential primary, he said that he wouldn’t go on an “apology tour” renouncing his past positions to satisfy the party’s electorate. He accused former vice president Joe Biden of apologizing for “being male, over 50, white” and for disavowing “a pretty good anti-crime bill” that the then-senator authored, and Congress passed, in 1994. Bloomberg was even more dismissive about another then-candidate, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke—“Beto, whatever his name is, he’s apologized for being born,” he remarked. (It sounded good, but with his recent apology for New York’s stop-and-frisk policing during his time as mayor, Bloomberg has resorted to the same desperate tactic.) 

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