Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Bloomberg for President?

The Bloomberg Bubble continues. Speaking this weekend at a fundraiser for centrist Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT), NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg was asked if he's considering a run for the White House. According to the NYTimes (citing the Norwalk Hour), Bloomberg replied "Absolutely not. And anybody who's running will say exactly that."

"According to the article, Mr. Bloomberg waxed prolific about a possible run, offering his views on the challenges of mounting a bid, saying that he is too liberal for conservatives and too conservative for liberals, and how daunting an independent campaign would be. Discussing campaign finance issues, he volunteered that he could easily afford to pay for a presidential run."

Bloomberg aides say the mayor intends to start a foundation when his mayoral term ends, not run for president. Shays said that Bloomberg had been "very clear" that he did not intend to run. And yet ...


At 7:32 PM, Blogger pacatrue said...

It seems like Bloomberg's chances are very much tied up with the phenomenon you discuss in the Kansas posting. It seems like the Democrats are doing the same thing; i.e., highly motivated people on the left are trying to push out those closer to the center. They agree with Lieberman 70% of the time, which isn't good enough. They want 90% of the time. If both the left and the right continue to push out the middle, then, and only then, could a Bloomberg have a chance.

Actually, the biggest barrier for me voting for a centrist independent is whether or not I would just be handing the election to the Republican party, now increasingly controlled by social conservatives. I might actually agree most with a Bloomberg - socially liberal, fiscally conservative, practical and ambitious. But if he is drawing more support from Dems than Repubs, I would be forced to vote Dem, because for me the current Dems is the better of two evils. I just can't handle a continuation of the party of Cheney, Frist, Hastert, etc.

At 12:22 AM, Blogger Andrew MacRae said...

I will gladly vote Mike Bloomberg For President should he choose to run. Join us at the Draft Bloomberg movement!


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