More on a Possible Bloomberg Run

Here are a few quick sound bytes pertaining to a possible presidential bid by Mike Bloomberg:

David [email protected]:

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a potential independent candidate for president, has scheduled a meeting next week with a dozen leading Democrats and Republicans, who will join him in challenging the major-party contenders to spell out their plans for forming a “government of national unity” to end the gridlock in Washington.

Those who will be at the Jan. 7 session at the University of Oklahoma say that if the likely nominees of the two parties do not pledge to “go beyond tokenism” in building an administration that seeks national consensus, they will be prepared to back Bloomberg or someone else in a third-party campaign for president.

Conveners of the meeting include such prominent Democrats as former senators Sam Nunn (Ga.), Charles S. Robb (Va.) and David L. Boren (Okla.), and former presidential candidate Gary Hart. Republican organizers include Sen. Chuck Hagel (Neb.), former party chairman Bill Brock, former senator John Danforth (Mo.) and former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman.

Diane&[email protected]:

Sam Waterston, the actor whose former co-star on “Law and Order,” Fred D. Thompson, is a Republican presidential candidate, is a founder of Unity08. That group also hopes to advance a nonpartisan ticket, and Mr. Waterston says the mayor is often mentioned on the group’s Web site as a prospective nominee.

“If he formally embraced Unity08’s principal goals of a bipartisan, nonpartisan, postpartisan ticket — which he’s almost in a position to do all by himself, having been a Democrat, a Republican, and now an independent — and of an administration dedicated to ending partisanship within itself and in Washington, then it’s hard to think of anyone better placed to win Unity08’s support if he sought it,” Mr. Waterston said. “And, of course, there’s nothing that says Unity08 couldn’t draft him.”

Some associates said that after six years as mayor, Mr. Bloomberg was itching for a new challenge — much like he was in 2000 when, as chief executive of Bloomberg L.P., he was flirting with running for mayor.

But Mr. Bloomberg will also have to weigh several intangibles: Can he run for president and serve as mayor of a combustible metropolis simultaneously for eight months? (He believes he can, and would not resign as mayor to run.) Does he want to be president badly enough to sacrifice his zealously guarded personal privacy? (He’s not completely convinced.)

Meanwhile, he thoroughly enjoys the attention, and despite the public denials, suggests that he is poised to run if the political stars align themselves for a long-shot, but credible, independent campaign.

David [email protected](thanks for plugging this site, Dave):

Obviously, derision is the proper response to the Bloomberg fantasy, but I confess I’m happy there’s no people-powered groundswell of support for Bloomberg the way there was for Ross Perot. When Perot started exploring his run in 1992 he was something like a folk hero. He’d tried to send Christmas packages to POWs in Vietnam and he’d hired mercenaries to free employees trapped in revolutionary Iran, an adventure immortalized in Ken Follett’s 1983 book On Wings of Eagles (and the TV movie that followed). The Perot surge was the result of a really rancid flavor of populism, from voters who wanted to close the borders, hike taxes, and scrap trade deals, and who believed a pistol-packin’ egomaniac was the man who’d lead them to the promised land. The Bloomberg movement is, by comparison, pretty pathetic and harmless.

Glen [email protected]:

He also is as enamored of government control, police powers and surveillance as anyone in the Bush administration. He is an unrestrained advocate and enforcer of the War on Drugs (despite his own acknowledged use of marijuana, of course) and advocates the creation of “a DNA or fingerprint database to track and verify all legal U.S. workers,” about which the NY Civil Liberties Union said, with extreme understatement: “It doesn’t sound like the free society we think we’re living in. It will inevitably be used not just by employers but by law enforcement, government agencies, schools and all over the private sector.”

Clearly, this is just exactly what our country desperately needs, what it is missing most—a neoconservative, combat-avoiding, Bush-supporting, Middle-East-warmonger who sees U.S. and Israeli interests as indistinguishable and inextricably linked, with a fetish for ever-increasing government control and surveillance, and a background as a Wall St. billionaire. We just haven’t had enough of those in our political culture. Our political system, more than anything, is missing the influence of people like that. That’s why it’s broken: not enough of those.

The latest word from Unite for Mike:

Ken Nelson contacted us at the Draft Bloomberg Team and asked “Why we were we doing this?” and “How do you react to the fact that some people call you nuts for volunteering for someone with so much money?”

Honestly, none of us are doing this for Mike Bloomberg, we are doing this because of him. We are doing this because we are sick and tired of the partisan stranglehold on politics. We are doing this for America.

Are you tired of the partisan stranglehold? Are you interested in helping? Then GET INVOLVED! We are building a team to reach across America and build on the grassroots need for a real chief executive, a real person who can help bring together the best that is America and drive us above and beyond the partisan bickering we have heard over and over again in Washington. We need a man like Mike Blomberg.

7 Responses to “More on a Possible Bloomberg Run”

  1. Deran Says:

    I think the tone of these different people commenting on a perspective Bloomberg cadidacy is interesting. The guy from Reason is obviously scared of the idea and doing his best to try and undercut it. I assume he sees the Republicans being the big losers to a Bloomberg campaign? I think his comparison of Perot and Bloomberg may not be historically accurate. The groundswell around Perot existed in a pre-internet world. I don’t think mass support shows up in the same way it would have then? I think if in the next six-eight weeks we start to see any sort of mass internet draft/support movement develop. But Unity 08’s growth maybe indicative of support for such a movement. Especially among the under 30 types?

  2. Jacob Katzenberg Says:

    Reason and Salon have it absolutely correct, although the quoted portions didn’t get into other Bloomberg record aspects, such as banning smoking in public places in New York, banning private videocamera operation on the streets without a city permit, and many more.

    The whole gridlock this group is trying to break is a good thing, bottlenecking Democrats and Republicans together from coming together to “do things” which should not be done more quickly and readily.

    Whether it’s Bloomberg, Sam Nunn, or McCain-Lieberman, it looks like they want to nominate some of the worst in either big party.

    And that they will have lots of support in doing it.

    One thing that might monkeywrench their plan is if Ron Paul decides he wants the Unity O8 ticket. Given that it is an internet primary, it seems like his internet-savvy supporters should be able to win that handily.

  3. Eric Dondero Says:

    Rudy doesn’t win the GOP primary, count on a Bloomberg run. Right now Giuliani is the only thing keeping him from jumping in.

  4. Cody Quirk Says:

    Guess we’ll find out soon.

    It’s gonna be an interesting year.

  5. Jack Says:

    Deran wrote: “The guy from Reason is obviously scared of the idea and doing his best to try and undercut it. I assume he sees the Republicans being the big losers to a Bloomberg campaign?”

    You need to read Reason’s blog. Commenters there typically accuse Dave Weigel of being a schill for the Democrats, not the Republicans.

  6. Andrew MacRae Says:

    Thanks for the coverage! At we are very excited about drafting Mike Bloomberg for President!

  7. Jackcjackson Says:

    But Bloomberg told Ryan Seacrehst live on ABC’s NYE that he was not running! It was somewhat amusing because the NBC show later tried to ask the same question but wouldnt. Ryan “Dick Clark” Seacrest came right out and asked and Mikey said no.

    if Mikey says no to the esteemed host of American Idol, and then turns around and runs, that makes him a huge filp flopper and liar.

    he didnt even do the Ron Paul ” I have no intention” wiggle-room answer, he said ” No, i am not running.”

    gotta take Mikey at his word now.

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