After the vote to approve the 9-11 Ground Zero mosque, Mayor Bloomberg was quoted in the New York Times -
Other times doing what the people want is called "democracy", isn't it?.
“To cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists,” he said, standing with religious leaders in front of the Statue of Liberty."
There is a saying, "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad." That would seem to be the case of the New York liberal establishment.
What is especially ironic about the photo opp setting is that the next target of the folks behind the Ground Zero mosque will almost certainly be that very statue.