"..a certifiably sane version of Ross Perot..

I s'pose that's not a bad start for a prospective Presidential aspirant.

I know little of NYCity's mayor, but am willing to take a closer look.

Here's a quick peek to get me started.

[From the Philadelphia Inquirer . . .]

Which brings us to Bloomberg, who has already spent months war-gaming a possible candidacy. He happens to have the requisite chops for the role: a bipartisan track record (former Democrat who wins in NYC as a Republican; knocks heads across party lines; strong managerial steward in a tough city); a healthy ego (he wrote in his autobiography 10 years ago that he wants to "change the world for the better"); and enough personal wealth to bankroll a national bid without badly denting his bottom line (a serious independent candidacy, including a 50-state ballot access effort, would cost half a billion bucks - but he is reportedly worth as much as $20 billion).

And there's one more tantalizing factor. As Howard Dean demonstrated in 2003, the Internet can spread the word 24/7 and create a fan base overnight. Indeed, the Bloomberg people already have a potential Internet vehicle. Reportedly, they have been talking with the founders of Unity08 (http:www.unity08.com), a new grassroots operation that plans to nominate a centrist presidential ticket in an online citizen convention, scheduled for June '08, and to help that ticket navigate the ballot-access hurdles.


  1. Been hearing rumblings about him. I don't know what to think, besides that if it takes that much money to run for Prez we are lost.

  2. I don't think it will, Fred. I fear it, but think that Dean's example really did show that grassroots is still a viable and efficacious means of countering Big Money campaignery.

    I'm certainly hoping so, anyway, Like you and many others, I'm definitely gonna do what I can to make it so.

    Is why I'm not all that contemptuous of Time's choice for PotY. I think their reasoning holds more than just a grain o' truth.

    As always, we'll see.

    I also agree on Bloomberg. The jury's is definitely still out on his candidacy IMO.

  3. agree with you Micheal....YOU ..meaning us is about WE THE PEOPLE..AND THE MEANING OF E PLURIBUS UNUM...and I am hoping and praying that this Corrupt Corporatocracy comes to an end and the Power is returned to the People...

  4. I'd welcome a political environment that gives us five or six viable choices for President, but right now I want to make damned sure the Republicans get sent home en masse in 2008, because I think it's critical to stop the bleeding!. Anything that distracts from that goal, including third-party candidacies, must wait.

    We can find our philosopher-king some other time.

  5. I'm with you MB, on the whole "You" thing from TIME. Lots of people came down on it hard, but I could see TIME's point.

    Anyway, regarding Bloomberg -- I don't know a ton about him, but I do have to say (quite shallowly) -- that I couldn't stand to listen to that man speak for four straight years. He bores me to death. That voice and speaking style ... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

  6. Amen, Fred! Amen.

    AG will work on his MySpace page. That could really seal the deal. Good grief!!

  7. I'm still waiting for someone from the Round Table that carries an Excaliber!


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