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Political News Roundup: Bloomberg and the Boss

Posted: 11/02/2012 3:33 pm

By Juli Weiner, Vanity Fair

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Three sets of unlikely bedfellows from yesterday. The first: you and your tiresome Upper West Side friends, who will continue sharing a studio apartment and a DVR until at least Saturday.

The second: avuncular billionaire and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who published a begrudging endorsement of Barack Obama yesterday in Bloomberg View. (Good to see Michael Bloomberg getting a byline in Bloomberg View.) Citing Hurricane Sandy (hat tip: global warming) Bloomberg praised the president's (arguably modest!) efforts at environmental and energy reform. "We need leadership from the White House," Bloomberg wrote, "and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks." As for Romney, whom Bloomberg characterizes as a "good and decent man" ("man"? like human? attention: Politifact), the mayor argues that the former Massachusetts "reversed course" on many policies Bloomberg agreed with. "If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him because, like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing." The Romney campaign is sure it has the Romney 1994 upgrade software somewhere in its desk drawer, though. Probably in one of those white CD sleeve things, or used as a bookmark in an SAT prep guide.

And the third pair: unofficial New Jersey Governor Bruce Sprinsteen publicly said something nice about official New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. "We're a band that you can't separate from the Jersey Shore -- still basically a glorified bar band... at your service!" Springsteen said at a concert Wednesday night. [Googles "Springsteen net worth," raises eyebrows skeptically.] "So we're gonna do this tonight, from our hometown to your hometown. We'll send this out to all the people working down there: the police officers, the firemen, and also to the governor, who has done such a hard job this past week."

... and the people sharing an Upper West Side studio!

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