Right now you’re probably asking yourself: What would I do if I had $27 billion to toss around?
Michael Bloomberg has to ask himself that question every day, people. He has a dual identity, like an action hero. By day, he’s the mayor of New York. By night — well, actually, all the time, but stick with my metaphor — he unleashes his special power. If we lived in “The Avengers,” Bloomberg would be Money Man. The Incredible Hulk turns green; Bloomberg would just shower it. The crowds racing to catch the falling $100 bills would knock down his enemies, crushing them in the stampede.
All of which brings us to Mayors Against Illegal Guns. This is an organization of many mayors, but only one of them ever gets talked about, because only one of them has enough money to buy Wyoming.
The Mayors/Bloomberg are currently seeking revenge against the four Democratic senators who voted against a gun regulation bill earlier this year. Some gun control advocates regard this as a disastrous example of tone-deaf politics: the war on Big Gulps writ large.
Recently, Bloomberg ponied up $350,000 to run ads in Arkansas, castigating Sen. Mark Pryor for opposing the bill, which would have expanded background checks for gun purchases.
The ads made Democratic leaders furious, because Pryor has a very tough re-election race coming up in a year that is chock-full of difficult contests for their party. They’re having trouble just finding people to run for some of the seats being vacated by Democratic senators.
(Really, public-spirited citizen, if you have nothing else to do for the next couple of years, consider moving to West Virginia, registering as a Democrat and running for the U.S. Senate. There’s an opening.)
Then, this week, Bloomberg wrote to the thousand biggest Democratic donors in New York and told them not to give the same senators any money. “I want to tell people what these four stand for,” he told Nicholas Confessore and Jeremy Peters in the New York Times.