“Republican” Mike Bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg’s commencement address to graduates of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine today underlined some of his core beliefs, which once again put him clearly at odds with conservative Republicans on some of the country’s most deeply felt issues.

He avowed his “unwavering allegiance to the power of science and a profound commitment to use that power to help people” (sub in technology for science and you have the Bloomberg philosophy.)

The speech, as prepared, continues:

“And this is a good thing, because now more than ever, these two fundamental concepts are being ignored, or are under attack…”

“You can see “political science” at work when it comes to global warming. Despite near unanimity in the science community there’s now a movement – driven by ideology and short-term economics – to ignore the evidence and discredit the reality of climate change…”

“You can see “political science” at work with respect to stem cell research. Despite its potential, the federal government has restricted funding for creating new cell lines – putting the burden of any future research squarely on the shoulders of the private sector. Government’s most basic responsibility, however, is the health and welfare of its people, so it has a duty to encourage appropriate scientific investigations that could possibly save the lives of millions…”

“Political science” knows no limits. Was there anything more inappropriate than watching political science try to override medical science in the Terry Schiavo case?..”

“And it boggles the mind that nearly two centuries after Darwin, and 80 years after John Scopes was put on trial, this country is still debating the validity of evolution.”

So is it really any wonder that he is not attending the state Republican convention this week? I mean, does anyone still think that, deep down, on almost any major social issues, Mike is at all Republican?

—Jason Horowitz

UPDATE: Due to inexplicable brainfreeze, the original posting here referred to the “Republican convention in Buffalo.” That’s about 420 miles off.

Sorry for the confusion, and thanks once again to the comments section for catching the error. “Republican” Mike Bloomberg