November 16, 2011, 1:54 PM — Unlikely alliances and strange bedfellows make for great story lines in news today and myth 20 years from now. They don't often last to become either inevitable-if-you-think-about-it or bedfellows lumped together as if they had always been.
In the long run – and more often in the short – the differences that make bedfellows strange make them strangers just as quickly.
When everyone in the bed is iconoclastic, independent, outspoken and angry enough at the powers that be to strike back even when those powers be standing two feet away, dressed in riot gear with a nightstick in one hand and pepper spray in the other – well, the breakup isn't going to be conciliatory.
Two months of angry, inconvenienced commuters and the hygiene challenges inherent to groups of people living in confined spaces without access to plumbing facilities on loan from local businesses gave Bloomberg enough time to appear benevolent.
The complaint gave Bloomberg enough excuse to clean up the mess a crushed economy dropped on Wall Street's front stoop so 40-year-old millionaires and 50-year-old billionaires don't have to listen to the complaints of people who were among the robbed, not the robbers, when the economy was cracked, stripped and sold for scrap.