New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has, as James Fallows amusingly notes, taken the opposite of the Washington approach to terrorism: He's downplayed the Times Square incident, mocked the attacker as an "amateur," and insisted on the quality of the existing security apparatus, all with a total lack of sentimentalism that's the hallmark of his mayoralty.
Bloomberg also speculated — before a suspect was named — that the incident wasn't Islamist terrorism at all.
"If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something. It could be anything," he told Katie Couric.
Now that a suspect is in custody, actual health care foes — who feel they're too often accused of violence — are demanding an apology.
"Instead of apologizing for getting it wrong, or insulting mainstream, patriotic Americans, Bloomberg's response has been to say that 'bias will not be tolerated.' Mr. Mayor, how about your bias against the majority of Americans in this country?" the group Tea Party Nation e-mailed supporters today. "Mayor Bloomberg needs to apologize to all of the Americans he insulted with his 'speculation.'"
The Daily Caller and Hot Air are also taking note of Bloomberg's notion. (Source POLITICO)