Bloomberg Opts Out

February 28, 2008 on 1:32 pm

In a New York Times Op-Ed today, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated unequivocally that he is not and “will not be” a candidate for President.

Noting that he is “hopeful that the current campaigns can rise to the challenge by offering truly independent leadership,” Bloomberg sees the most productive role he can play as “push(ing) them forward…by using the means at my disposal to promote a real and honest debate.” The mayor goes on to say that “if a candidate takes an independent, nonpartisan approach – and embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy – I’ll join others in helping that candidate win the White House.”

This looks to be good news on several counts. First, the country’s most notable Independent is of the view that the process is working well; i.e., we are going to end up with candidates that offer some hope for a less politically partisan future. And, it should be noted, this comes from a man who made his fortune in the news business. He should be in a position to know.

Second, there is not now any meaningful possibility of a third party run – and the complexity and confusion that was certain to attend it. We are going to have a Republican and Democrat, each of whom will have been fully vetted as none before in our nation’s history, and each of whom appears likely offer clear choices on the major issues facing the nation. People are going to vote. A winner will be chosen. And that’s as much as you can ask of, or should expect from, a presidential election.

The Perfect Election continues.


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