Skip to comments.America's Other Mayor (Mike Bloomberg)
Posted on 07/17/2006 1:36:13 PM PDT by Frank T
Democrats and Republicans here are taking seriously talk that Mayor Michael Bloomberg will run as an independent for president in 2008. One source close to Mr. Bloomberg predicts he will dispose of his multibillion-dollar business holdings next year, give much of it away to charity, and use some of the remainder for a high-stakes presidential campaign. At a dinner party I attended last month, much of the talk was about whether the mayor might run. Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, noted that the people around Mr. Bloomberg were clearly making noises about the possibility.
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On the one hand, with the Dems seldom winning the popular vote (over 50%), any votes taken away from Republicans will help their candidate in 2008. Alternatively, "moderate" urban voters will see Bloomberg as one of theirs, and will swing a share of votes away from the Dems and their likely solid Left nominee. They aren't Kossacks, but just want competent statist government.
These third party candidates don't win elections, not since the two-party system came about, and all it can accomplish is some additional realignment of voters, and increased political polarization once that occurs. The parties are no longer coalitions of liberals and conservatives vs. other liberals and conservatives of pre- '64 America.
If the rich big government types can get their fingers in both pies (Dem and GOP), they'll take it. But if these people, who include RINOs, find themselves kicked out on the right, it appears they will try and be spoilers. If Bloomberg doesn't run if McCain get the GOP nod, it means that those in his establishment got what they wanted, and that's the political disenfranchisement of conservatives and libertarians in '08. McCain is not a reformer, as Fund calls him, but the ultimate insider, who needs to be stopped. I guess Bloomberg is their side's Plan B.
He is the biggest RINO in America...
Who, exactly, finds Bloomberg appealing? Who makes up his constituency?
I think he'd be a good candidate--as an Independent.
That would pretty much assure that Hillary would not be elected.
....I would vote for McCain before Bloomberg......really
He only needs about 4% of the vote and 4% can sway the election. If he does this you can bet it is a set up by the left and has been in the works a long time.
P.S. Who would go to a dinner party when you know that Chuck Schumer is going to be there?
I do, for whatever that's worth. In a three-way-race with Clinton and McCain, I'd probably vote for him, ESPECIALLY if it somehow appeared he could win.
People who care about promoting abortion above all else. Oh, and the stylish.
Why would you support him?
There are good, solid conservative candidates available in the Republican Party. We don't need to cosnider liberals like Giuliani and Bloomberg for POTUS. Rudy should move back to Brooklyn and open a pizzeria. He won't ever get the GOP nomination, nor will he get my vote either.
Here in Texas Idiot Strayhorn is running as an independent but the jihad media calls her a Republican in every story. The Texas media is HARD left.
The Dems haven't gotten above 50% of the popular vote since 1976, when Carter got 0.08% above that mark. That was 30 years and 7 presidential elections ago. Bloomberg might take some votes away from the Republican, like in NY, Vermont, Mass., Penn., but I doubt he'd take many Republican votes in the south, midwest, and west. Whereas the Dems can't break 50%, with Bloomberg in the race in '08, they probably wouldn't break 40%.
I would stay home before voting for any Dem or Rudy, McCain or Bloomy. These people make me ashamed to be called conservative.
Gore didn't get a majority?? The lefty media keeps saying he won the popular vote....
What I'm puzzled about is why these people want the government to fund stem cell research? Can't the private sector do the - pardon the expression - devil's work adequately, on their own?
The only answer I can think of is that it would link the highest level government of government with stem cell research, and thus undermine moral grounded legislation to limit it...but it's odd that so many educated people in that part of the country rank such funding so high on their political priorities. It's not a "freedom" issue such as abortion, easy divorce, or gay marriage.
.........as is your right.....but I would rather have McCain then Hillary.....any day...you may hate his guts, but he still votes 80% of the time with the Repubs....I'm just talking about the least of two evils....sometimes that is all we can choose from....take it from me...in Calif...haha....
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