If Obama Wins, Bloomberg Can't Run
Because if all he’s saying is the following, that’s the reason Obama is pulling ahead in the first place.
Amid talk about Washington riven by partisanship, Bloomberg gathered with Democrats and Republicans â€” some current elected officials, others out of office for years â€” to discuss bridging the divide between the parties. The summit came on the eve of the first-in-the-nation primary.
“People have stopped working together, government is dysfunctional, there’s no collaborating and congeniality,” Bloomberg said to applause from the crowd.
And as the article points out, Huckabee is saying that too…
The Republican winner in Iowa, Mike Huckabee, also referred to a desire for bipartisan unity. […] What Americans want, he said in his speech, is for their president “to bring this country back together, to make Americans, once again, more proud to be Americans than just to be Democrats or Republicans, to be more concerned about going up instead of just going to the left or to the right.”
By the way, Mitt has co-opted this strategy now as well (surprise, surprise), so the same argument could be made for him if by some miracle he got the nomination.
So who does this leave? Well, if McCain gets it that could leave an opening for Bloomberg, but I still doubt he’d run if Obama were the Dem nominee. Also, McCain is known as fairly bi-partisan, so that would leave Bloomberg out as well.
In the end, I think Bloomberg just wants to get some face time. Not the worst thing for a politician who might be eyeing the job of New York Governor…