Bloomberg has shown himself willing to take the heat for higher parking tickets, hiring more ticket writers for parking and business infractions, and calling for unpopular budget cuts. His methods for enhancing city revenues have small business owners furious with Bloomberg for balancing the city budget on their backs.
Last year, Davis spent some $77 million of other people's money to win re-election, but he won after chasing 1.3 million voters away -- 3.5 million Californians voted for Gumby in 2002, as opposed to 4.8 million in 1998.
Bloomberg spent more than $50 million of his own money to win the mayor's seat. Now, Gloomberg is so unpopular that there are unsubstantiated rumors that Bill Clinton will replace him as mayor in 2005.
In California, tongues wag that Arnold Schwarzenegger will pummel Davis if there's a recall election, which could happen this year. The bad news for Davis is that the more he spends to keep his seat, the less he governs and the more likely he is to lose.