Run Mikey, run! That was our Armed Intelligentsia’s take on rumors that anti-ballistic billionaire bully boy Michael Bloomberg was considering running for the presidency of the United States. They reckon if Bloomberg runs as an independent, it would suck enough votes from the Democrat nominee to assure the Republicans the White House — forestalling Hillary Clinton’s War on Guns. Those rumors have morphed into outright speculation, with an internal poll (ouch) claiming the exact opposite result. Like this [via cnn.com] . . .
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering a possible independent presidential run and is looking at making a decision sometime in March, two sources familiar with Bloomberg’s thinking told CNN on Saturday.
One source said aides to the three-term mayor are looking at ballot access issues, but the source refused to speak specifically about what Bloomberg, 73, asked to be done.
The source added that Bloomberg sees the Republican and Democratic presidential races as becoming increasingly polarized, and neither fits Bloomberg’s views. But Bloomberg, who has flirted with Oval Office aspirations in the past, is serious about a possible candidacy, the source insisted.
A decision will have to be made by the first week of March, likely before it’s clear who the Democratic and Republican nominees are, because of the process to get on ballots for the November election . . .
Two sources close to Bloomberg said internal polling found that he would theoretically take away more Republican votes from Trump or Cruz than Democratic votes from Sanders. But one source noted, however, that that could change.
Sanders? Has Michael’s minions counted Clinton out? The Washington Post offers a different scenario:
News that Bloomberg was considering a run set off alarm bells among Democrats in particular. Dan Pfeiffer, former Obama White House communications director, tweeted Saturday afternoon: “Bloomberg running for President would almost certainly hand the [White House] to the GOP. If no one gets 270 [electoral votes], GOP congress picks the prez.”
Anyway you look at it, what with the FBI probe into Mrs. Clinton (ouch) and her declining fortunes in Iowa and New Hampshire, the pro-civilian disarmament former First Lady should beware the Ides of March . . .