Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

Bloomberg on a Mission from Karl Rove

How do you spell Bloomberg? N-A-D-E-R!

Yes, no doubt about it. If Michael Bloomberg jumps into the presidential race, he will be the Ralph Nader of 2008 — stealing the White House from the Democratic nominee.

That’s why nobody should take this Bloomberg possibility lightly. Sure, he says he “intends” to complete his term as mayor. But, according to the New York Times, he and his staff spent the last two years researching how to run as an independent. And besides, if he’s not at least thinking about running, why he’d go through all the fuss of changing his party registration?

Of course Bloomberg’s paving the way for running for president as an independent. And what makes him more dangerous than Nader, or Ross Perot, is that Bloomberg has unlimited personal wealth to blow on a presidential run. He’s already said he’d be willing to spend at least $500 million of his own money, if he decides to run. That’ll put him on the ballot in all 50 states. 

Mayor Mike

If Frank Sinatra was "A pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king," Michael Bloomberg has now been a Democrat, a Republican and now an independent. Each stage of his political career has focused on his personal advancement rather than devotion to any issue agenda or coherent philosophy of government. Based on the evidence, it is hard to see how Mayor Mike's presidential aspirations go anywhere next year.

Start with the fact that NO independent has ever been elected president, not cause advocates, not governors, not even a popular former president. Given the umbrella nature of the two major political parties, it is darned near impossible. 

Going South in the Summer

Today is the first day of summer, one that promises to be a hot one for Rudy Giuliani. After a swift and seamless rise to the top, America's Mayor is starting to realize that once you are there, the only other direction is south.

News out this week that could impact Giuliani's candidacy could have been worse, to be sure, but it is hard to imagine there could have been more of it. Consider that: Rudy didn't even show up at meetings of the Iraq Study Group to attend paid speeches, and had to quit it after not participating; Rudy's South Carolina state chairman, Thomas Ravenel, was indicted on charges of cocaine distribution; Rudy's Iowa state chairman, former Rep. Jim Nussle, is leaving to become President Bush's director of the Office of Management and Budget; Michael Bloomberg could spend hundreds of millions running as an independent and threaten Rudy's candidacy with his not-so-disimilar views and appeal to swing and independent voters tired of partisan politics; polls show general support for Rudy is softening; and he is behind former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and Mitt Romney in Iowa.  

The Idle Mind

Some random thoughts:

The uproar over passport backlogs misses the point: Not only are our leaders trying to make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to get into this country, now they want to make it tougher for CITIZENS to get in.

If the importance of party affiliation continues to decline, would a Richardson-Tancredo ticket be tough to beat?

It was nice to see that video about a new campaign song, featuring candidate Bill Clinton and his wife. Oh. Was that a mistake? 

The Bloomberg Factor

Bloomberg. Let’s get wild and crazy here. The guy is serious. We are at a time when 3 out of 4 Americans believe the nation is seriously on the wrong track, both the Congress and the president are mired in approval ratings in the 20s, and the American people show serious signs of imitating the scene from the movie "Network": They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore.

So enter Bloomberg ... maybe. But let’s say he runs and the country’s mood doesn’t change into 2008. Where are we headed?

If Ross Perot can snag 19 percent of the vote after self-destructing, you have to believe that's a starting point for Bloomberg.

The Man with No Constituency

Michael Bloomberg has a strong chance of winning the presidential election like I have a strong chance of being voted the next American Idol. I guess it could happen, but I don’t know why it would happen.

Just who is Bloomberg’s constituency? He raised taxes in New York, supports same-sex marriage, opposes Second Amendment gun rights, equates U.S./Mexico border security with communism and detained 2,000 war protestors during the GOP convention in Manhattan. So there’s something for everyone to dislike about the guy. Besides, Democrats already have one liberal New Yorker to vote for in Hillary Clinton. Why do they need another?

Revisionist History, Clinton-style

The Associated Press reported earlier today that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) launched one of her most strident attacks against President Bush to date as she courts liberal voters for the nomination of the Democratic Party for president in 2008. What I found striking about the senator’s most recent attack against the current president was her stark choice of words. Consider the following as she discusses the Bush presidency:

“[Bush’s government has] a stunning record of secrecy and corruption, of cronyism run amok … It is everything our Founders were afraid of, everything our Constitution was designed to prevent.” That’s a very interesting observation from Sen. Clinton regarding the Bush White House, but I think she may have been confused with the administration run by her husband, the former president. 


Who knew covering the '08 presidential race would be so much fun? We get to watch videos! OK, so watching some of them is quite painful — but we clearly need to get used to it. That old-fashioned politicking, getting the message out to voters in town halls and debates just isn't much fun, so candidates now need to star in movies that are unrelated to what they would do as our next president. But hey, it's a chance to be cool, or really bizarre, as in the case of former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel (D), who stares intensely and silently into the camera for several minutes before throwing a rock in a lake.

Consider Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who was the subject/target of a 1984-ish video made just months ago by an Obama Democrat, and whose rival was recently the subject of a popular video where a female fan known as "Obama Girl" is swooning for the Illinois senator. What choice does the poor woman have? Staff figured she better become a movie star, quick.

Bloomberg for President? He's Got a Strong Chance...

If Mike Bloomberg decided to run for president, he would have a strong chance of winning the election. As a social liberal and a fiscal conservative, he fits what most Americans want. And, unlike Ross Perot — the last independent candidate for president — he is an experienced politician who has succeeded in handling the second toughest press corps in the world in New York City. If he ran, he would not just be a spoiler, but would have a serious chance of becoming president.

The Bloomberg Party

Back in the Cold War, commentator Nicholas Von Hoffman observed that the differences between Republicans and Democrats were no greater than between "minor factions in the Communist Party."

It was arguable then and it's probably more so today. But now we have a new ruling-class wrinkle.

Michael Bloomberg has announced that the Democrat who became a Republican is now becoming a nothing. Oh, excuse me — an independent.

I mean, here's a guy who doesn't need the other parties. With more than $5 billion in personal wealth at his disposal, he has the wonderful luxury of being able to avoid all the unseemly fundraising and party hacks that a mere mortal has to endure ("mortal" defined here as someone who is only a millionaire).