I wanted to get there early with the idea of New York’s recent snow storm as “Bloomberg’s Katrina” (although of course I don’t believe this). It does seem like others have gotten their first, though.
At first I agreed with mistermix’s take that this isn’t much of a story, but I’ve changed my mind. The decision not to declare a snow emergency was a major fuck up. Unheeded 911 calls and at least one resulting death are not a joke. Dealing with weather-related problems is one of a mayor’s duties. Nate Silver concludes “mistakes were made (ed. note: heh) during the Bloomberg Blizzard, and they had serious consequences”.
Remember that over the next year or so, David Broder et al. will be pushing Bloomberg as a super-competent, non-partisan potential savior for this foul-mouthed, vituperative country. I’m not inclined to give this Galtian ubermensch a pass on the city’s lackluster reaction to the storm.