I like Mike Bloomberg. I voted for him when I lived in NY- even though he ran as a Republican.

So… Initially I was very happy to hear that Mike B. was leaving the GOP and turning independent.

With an increasingly cacophonous buzz that he’s contemplating an independent run for president despite public pleas to the contrary, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a clear step toward that third-party bid on Tuesday by changing his party registration from Republican to “unaffiliated.”

My only concern is that, as an independent, Mike could draw away some votes from Democrats given his very Democratic views on most of the major issues.

It is, of course, very unlikely that Mike will actually enter the race. That’s because Mike, in typical Bloomberg style, has done a lot of research and set up “a four-part test” to determine if “he’ll get into the race”. It goes something like this:

First, both party’s nominees need to have unfavorable ratings at least in the 40s. Second, 70 percent of the nation needs to think the country is headed in the wrong direction, as is the case currently. We’re there right now. Third, at least 60 percent of those polled need to have their minds open to a possible third-party bid. Lastly, 20 percent to 25 percent need to be open to the notion of President Mike Bloomberg. If those four criteria are met, Bloomberg will throw his hat into the ring.

I guess if you want your country run like a business- with measurable goals and objectives- then Mayor Mike is your man.

Does anyone else have an opinion?


  • You’re wearing a tie! 😉

  • Okay, I had to comment on the tie first…
    Hardball last night was pretty much a whole hour of will-he or won’t-he. I thought it was big enough news that he left the GOP, but I could have covered that in a couple of minutes.

    I think you are right – Bloomberg would take as many (if not more) votes from Dems than Rs if he gets in.

  • #1: Not just a tie! A sweater over top!! And the hair. Oh the hair! I’m judging by the beaming smile that Bloomberg may have slipped him a 20 spot. Hehe.

  • “I’m not surprised that anyone would want to leave the Republican Party.”
    — Sen. Hillary Clinton

    Have to give props to Hillary here. That’s a good line.

  • In terms of his potential candidacy, I’d rather have him than any of the wingnut Republicans. A social liberal and fiscal conservative probably lines up better with the general population anyway. Still like to see his specific positions on specific things – like education and health care.

    Mike supports abortion rights, gay rights, and gun control. He’s pushed for smoking and transfat bans. He’s also made some moves with schools that I’d want to look at further. He doesn’t see global warming as “globaloney” ala Blumer and friends.

    He was a lifelong Democrat before switching to R to avoid a crowded primary in ’01. He’d be a Dem. if the field weren’t so crowded with great talent already. He shakes up the race huge if he gets in. I don’t think I’d mind a Bloomberg President much, but doubt we’d see it absent his being a part of a major party. Maybe he’s trying to get on a ticket?

  • We tried that once: a short, jewish, east coast, “independent” VP candidate.

    Didn’t really work out.

  • It would be cool to see two former NYC mayors in the race- especially since Rudy is running, in a large part, on his unique ‘executive experience’ i.e. mayor of NYC.

  • #6: He wasn’t “independent” then right? I don’t think you can compare the two really, especially the financing! Heh. Not to mention the name recognition.

    Hah. He must be short, because you tower over the guy!

  • Eric, I wasn’t going to mention the sweater!

    I did notice the height thing though…what is he, 5’3″?

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  • terra

    I used to work in the Bloomberg administration. He is all about accountability and results and very no-nonsense (and cranky, which may not be a bad demeanor for a president). Once he fired a guy he saw playing computer solitaire at work. I kinda chuckled over that, having worked with a few lazy civil servants who had been kept around way too long.

    And in Joe’s defense, I made him wear the sweater. The hair is not my fault 🙂

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