Now, may I say something totally politically incorrect? (Moderators, shoot me down as soon as you have to).
Here you have Mike Bloomberg, a good Jewish boy. Bright, diligent, driven - I wouldn't mind at all being reincarnated the next time around as a Jew - my current oversized blond Slavic-Germanic version is okay, but kinda sluggish, short on ambition, if you know what I mean...
Now, imagine you are a good Jewish boy/girl (or Italian, for that matter) - and what your Mother says is the law. (Quick-n'-corny cultural reference: Steve Martin in the "Little Shop of Horrors" -" I am a dentist -and a success!")
What do you think Mother was telling little Mickey? "Work hard". "Be inventive". " Never give up" (There you have the "Republican" side). And: 'Don't you EVER touch the stuff that's BAD for you: guns, porn, OVERSIZED SODA!!!"
There you go.