New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg considers a third party run; world yawns. Well, not the whole world. Indeed, a European newspaper notes not only could a Bloomberg run shake up the 2012 race but could guarantee Barack Obama a second term in the White House.
The London Telegraph is stoking Beltway speculation that Bloomberg’s criticism of Obama over the Super Committee’s failure “could fuel speculation about whether he could mount a third-party bid for the White House.”
“The executive branch must do more than submit a plan to a committee – and then step aside and hope the committee members take action,” Bloomberg said after viewing Obama’s hand-off treatment. “That’s not how any CEO would run a business.”
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll earlier this month found Bloomberg would poll 13 percent of the vote in a three-way match again Obama and Mitt Romney. In the same poll, Ron Paul bests him with 18 percent support.
Somehow a Ron Paul run fails to fire the Establishment imagination. Perhaps it is because, as the Telegraph reports:
A three-way contest, however, would almost certainly benefit Mr Obama and could well ensure his re-election. If Mr Paul ran against Mr Obama and Mr Romney, the poll found, the president would be re-elected by a comfortable 12-point margin.
Bloomberg is not certain to run for the highest office, despite a long-held and burning desire to do so. Publicly, he has made the self-deprecating comment that a “short, divorced, Jewish billionaire” like himself could never be elected. More to the point, he is an amnesty advocate and incipient health Nazi whose first reaction to a Big Apple terrorist incident was to blame the Tea Party.
But the Telegraph is not completely correct that Bloomberg “has made no preliminary moves indicating he might take such a step.” Bloomberg was the host and the toast of the inaugural “No Labels” convention in New York City last year. No Labels seeks to build a coalition of RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) and Hillary Clinton supporters who have dubbed themselves PUMAs (Party Unity My A–) in a movement that will likely launch a new “centrist” third party in time for the 2012 elections. The group’s website insists, “No Labels is not interested in encouraging the development of a third party.” However, organizer Mark McKinnon admitted last October at the Kennedy School of Government that he knew of a determined organization that was fervently working toward “a third party in 2012,” and the St. Louis Business Journal straightforwardly described the group as “a new third party movement.”
The membership of “No Labels” coalesces with Americans Elect, which similarly shares ties with the Draft Bloomberg 2007 movement. AE president Kahlil Byrd has told National Public Radio, “We’re not a political party and don’t have an aspiration to be.” However, the presidential nominee of the “Americans Elect Party” is currently ballot qualified in eight states.
Significant chunks of the Democratic Party establishment have waged a futile effort to convince Obama to step aside. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Monday, Democratic pollsters Doug Schoen (with longstanding ties to the Hillary camp) and Pat Caddell (a former Jimmy Carter aide) urged Obama to relinquish the 2012 Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton. Neera Tanden, a former aide to both Clinton and Obama who has since found refuge in the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP), called the idea “ridiculous.”
Perhaps their thunder is more dedicated to ginning up support for a third party “moderate” like Bloomberg than opposing Obama?