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Bloomberg may yet run for President

Where does an 800 pound gorilla sleep?

Anywhere he wants . . . and so it is with the feckless, idle rich. As Ross Perot showed, if a man has enough money in the bank and time on his hands, even repeated public demonstrations of neurosis may not keep him from high political office. When Perot withdrew from the Presidential race in May of 1992, ostensibly because Republicans planned to disrupt his daughter's wedding with photo-shopped scandalous pictures (yeah, that's the ticket), he had just taken the lead in polling, ahead of President George H.W. Bush and then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton. Even after this display of mental instability, Perot managed to win 19% of the popular vote in November, the most of any "third-party" candidate since Teddy Roosevelt's Bullmoose run in 1912.

And thus it should surprise no one that the on-again, off-again flirtation of New York Mayor and multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg with a Presidential run may be "on" again. Sam Roberts reports for The New York Times (free registration required; visit BugMeNot for passwords):

Buoyed by the still unsettled field, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is growing increasingly enchanted with the idea of an independent presidential bid, and his aides are aggressively laying the groundwork for him to run.

On Sunday, the mayor will join Democratic and Republican elder statesmen at the University of Oklahoma in what the conveners are billing as an effort to pressure the major party candidates to renounce partisan gridlock.

Former Senator David L. Boren of Oklahoma, who organized the session with former Senator Sam Nunn, a Democrat of Georgia, suggested in an interview that if the prospective major party nominees failed within two months to formally embrace bipartisanship and address the fundamental challenges facing the nation, "I would be among those who would urge Mr. Bloomberg to very seriously consider running for president as an independent."

Next week's meeting, reported on Sunday in The Washington Post, comes as the mayor's advisers have been quietly canvassing potential campaign consultants about their availability in the coming months.

And Mr. Bloomberg himself has become more candid in conversations with friends and associates about his interest in running, according to participants in those talks. Despite public denials, the mayor has privately suggested scenarios in which he might be a viable candidate: for instance, if the opposing major party candidates are poles apart, like Mike Huckabee, a Republican, versus Barack Obama or John Edwards as the Democratic nominee.

A final decision by Mr. Bloomberg about whether to run is unlikely before February. Still, he and his closest advisers are positioning themselves so that if the mayor declares his candidacy, a turnkey campaign infrastructure will virtually be in place.

Read the rest at the link above. What, pray tell, would constitute "bipartisanship" in today's world? On Iraq, one either favors staying the course, or getting out quickly. On taxes, one either wants the Bush cuts made permanent, or allowed to expire. On down the line, on virtually every issue, there are two main positions. How, precisely, does one forge a "bipartisan" compromise on any of them? Neither side seems disposed to concede an inch on any of the main points of contention, both being convinced theirs is the correct one.

So, while the concept of "bipartisanship," or merely the hope of "eliminating partisan bickering," may be appealing in the general sense to many of those in the mushy middle for whom conflict itself is the enemy - truth and justice be damned! - and peace is a virtue at any price, the devil of such hopes, as always, is in the details.

Bloomberg himself is an unlikely hero to anyone. He is no Ross Perot.

Perot, for all his faults, at least stood for something: federal fiscal responsibility, debt reduction, entitlement reform (however nonspecific, he at least recognized and communicated the problem we have yet to address). Quick - no Googlin' allowed - name what great issue Michael Bloomberg stands for! Name ANY position Bloomberg holds on an important issue!

The man may have opinions on them all, but he hasn't been a leader on any. There is no national groundswell of fed-up volunteers ready to aid him, as Perot could command, because in the public mind he stands for nothing. In his case, the public mind is right on target. The man is enamored of himself, consumed by egotism which led him to leave his lifetime Democratic registration to run for Mayor as a Republican ONLY because he could never have won the Democratic nomination. Earlier this year, he conveniently switched again, to an independent registration.

Bloomberg stands for Bloomberg. Those who enjoy listening to the incessant droning of whiny assholes will flock to his banner - which, I suppose, means he might carry the District of Columbia.


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name what great issue M... (Below threshold)

name what great issue Michael Bloomberg stands for!

The NannyState: whether it be banning transfat at FastFood joints to banning smoking in bars, he's out to take care of his constituency.

The points you made are all very good; do not forget, of course, that a lack of any Independent party members of Congress means he'll either have near-zero support in either Chamber or will have to lean Left (as his life-long tendency has shown) to have any of his proposed legislation get any traction.

Bloomberg's only real appea... (Below threshold)

Bloomberg's only real appeal is to the Left. He has no major accomplishments in NYC to boast about, and he wouldn't have become mayor if it wasn't for Giuliani's successful administration.

While Dems may salivate at the thought of an independent once again, spliting the GOP and Independents to give a Clinton the advantage, Bloomberg has a history in public office to demonstrate his being out of touch with the mainstream. Perot had no such history, and so was able to fool enough people to vote for him.

I will vote for Bloomberg i... (Below threshold)

I will vote for Bloomberg if he runs.

The 'Bush tax cuts' are a s... (Below threshold)

The 'Bush tax cuts' are a sticking point with me and a reason the Republican Congress dug its own grave. They had years to make the permanent, but instead they would simply extend them time after time. Sort of like holding a gun to my wallet.

Perot was seen as an outsid... (Below threshold)

Perot was seen as an outsider and an ultra executive.

Anyway, if Bloomberg can sell himself as an outsider, he may get a boost but I'm not familiar with his record as an 'executive'. I think Ron Paul has worn out the 'outsider' welcome as well so this time around so it may not be that big a boost to be one.

I suppose Nebraska Senator ... (Below threshold)

I suppose Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel will get a woody when he hears this news.

I hope he runs and i hope h... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

I hope he runs and i hope he gets stomped flat we dont need this idiot in the whitehouse

william: "I will vote fo... (Below threshold)

william: "I will vote for Bloomberg if he runs"

please do...and take as many DEMS with you as you can! I don't see ANY Republicans going along for the ride! :)

I welcome a Bloomberg entry... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

I welcome a Bloomberg entry into the race. We can use another Nader in a close election.

RALPH NADER sucks big time<... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

RALPH NADER sucks big time

Here is my take on Bloomber... (Below threshold)

Here is my take on Bloomberg-- It is rare that you find a candidate that agrees with you on every single issue. But at the end of the day, the President is the executive manager of the world's most powerful enterprise, the US government. I believe most voter's far underestimate the value of competence and executive management experience. What is most important to me is, do they have the competence, and the experience to manage such an enterprise? Will they keep the economy strong? Will they make sound judgement in a crisis? Will they hire competent people, or just give valuable positions to unqualified individuals either because that person has party connections or they "owe" somebody because of a campaign contribution?

What I most abhor are career politicians. This goes for both Republicans and Democrats. I was an independent when I lived in Tennessee, and I'm an independent living up here in New York.

The reality is, in our competitive society, the most talented among us do not often pursue positions in government, they pursue fortune in the private sector. To get the best of what is available to us, I wish to see a seasoned executive manager from the private sector in the White House.

This is what I see in Michael Bloomberg.

When the economy is strong. When everyone has a job. People tend to be less concerned about the differences among us. When the economy is bad, and people are unemployed, everyone looks for someone to point the finger at, and politicians look for divisive wedge issues to distract their constituents from the real problems at hand.

Rather than look for these hot-button issues, I hope more people can be compelled to vote for intelligent competence in governance, over partisanship.

It is unquestionable that he skews left on social issues. He is also a very accomplished businessman that is widely respected throughout the business world. He may not appeal to the Christian-Right social conservatives, but he will have a lot of appeal to the pro-business, Capitalist arm of the Republican party. To think otherwise is foolish.

If you're inclined to know more about him, have a look at:
Run Mike Run - Mike Bloomberg for President






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