The Price of Defying the Voters: Term Limits
Bloomberg and his Trained Surrender Monkeys on the City Council overturned the will of the voters when they overturned term limits. And this was a widely unpopular move. Poll after polls showed dissatisfaction. Many talked of a backlash from the voters. What was this backlash? In the end, 24/29 City Council members who voted for the Bloomberg Putsch against the will of the voters won re-election, many overwhelmingly, some unopposed. Add to that Bloomberg's win and you have 25/30 of the people who overturned the decision of millions of New York voters handily won re-election. Really shows you the strength of NYC voters. You can do anything to them and they don't do anything back. Which empowers Bloomberg and his allies, empowers the local party machines and developers (the number one source of political contributions in the city). These are the power brokers: Bloomberg, the machines and developer money.
There were 5 exceptions. Six of Bloomberg's trained surrender monkeys from the City Council lost. Maria Baez lost to Fernando Cabrera. Alan Gerson lost to Margaret Chin. Miguel Martinez had to resign due to a slush fund scandal (one of the few caught in one of these scandals who actually had to resign), and Ydanis Radriguez replaced him. Kendall Stewart lost to Jumanne Williams. And David Yassky (running for Comptroller) lost twice to John Liu (who voted against the Bloomberg Putsch).
So if this is the bite voters have when 30 people overturn their will in NYC, I have to say NYC voters are in serious need of dentures.