This completes the addition of timestamp-modified back posts to the archives
Potential consequences of a “sane Perot”
While all the others candidates are frantically running around like chickens with their heads cut off, worrying about money reporting deadlines, straw polls and the ungluing of the primary calendar, Bloomberg is off to undisclosed locations, living the life, waiting until the spirit moves him. And when it does, game over.
Excellent article written by Perot’s former campaign manager and Reagan strategist
Bloomberg wouldn’t have to be a spoiler, a la the humorless, rigid and penniless Ralph Nader; he could be an energizer, a force that gives other unaffiliated and justifiably frustrated citizens a candidate to support.
Any successful elected executive knows that real results are more important than partisan battles and that good ideas should take precedence over rigid adherence to any particular political ideology
Good perspective written by a former employee~the longer the candidate is in the race, the greater the chance of doing something stupid and screwing it up.
I imagine that Bloomberg will bide his time and announce he’s running for president later this year. He’ll count on a “rope-a-dope” strategy letting the other candidates burn themselves out on the stump and wear out their welcome with the media and voters.
David Broder in the Washington Post.
The possibility of a Bloomberg run is just one of several reasons why the 2008 presidential race may not even have truly begun yet
Good article on MB’s personal style and how it might play in the rest of the country.
Bloomberg will likely survey the field after the Super Tuesday primary on Feb. 5. If the Democrat and Republican nominees have high negatives, and if vast numbers of people continue to tell pollsters the country’s on the “wrong track,” Bloomberg is a good bet to make the jump.
An interesting historical review of the 1912 election and the third party campaign of Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party, drawing parallels to Bloomberg today. A must read for American History fans.
The Heartland Speaks!
In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, 58% say the two major parties are doing “such a poor job” that a third party is needed. Just a third say the established parties “do an adequate job of representing the American people.”
He would still make a significant contribution to the political landscape
If we want to truly improve the education our children receive and fulfill the promise of the civil rights movement, we have to stand up and tell them “no more,” Bloomberg said. “No more pandering to the special interests, no more fear of tough issues and no more excuses for failure”
St Louis Paper asks Mike about the Draft Effort Calls us “allies” of Mike!