But if there's anyone this news hurts politically, it's New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who's cultivated a reputation for efficiency. Given that he's the king of the Nanny-State-Know-It-Alls, in most cases, that wouldn't bother me much. But there's been speculation that he might run for President -- and his campaign would probably pick off a lot of the independent/moderate/slightly left types who went for Obama the last time, are disenchanted with him now, but who would hardly ever vote Republican no matter what.
To the extent that this disaster is yet more evidence that mayors should spend less timetrying to rmicromanage food regulations than in ensuring that vital city services can be delivered during emergencies, it's an important (though tragic) reminder. But -- not even counting the incalculable human cost of the lost lives -- to the extent it makes less likely a Bloomberg run for President, it's regrettable.