mm349: What’s Mike really going to do next?

MUDGE’s Musings

Thought I was done with Michael Bloomberg.

Not so fast, tiger.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NYC for U.S. President 2008

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mm086: Bloomberg Takes School Plan… to Midwest
mm110: Grading Mayoral Control
mm117: The cure for the Electoral College is worse…
mm208: Overdue a Bloomberg post
mm238: Bloomberg’s candidacy — closer to real?
mm248: Political Potpourri
mm254: Bloomberg – just won’t go away…
mm263: This man -so- wants to pull the trigger
mm280: Bloomberg for Vice President? Take 2
mm285: Mayor Mike tells some hard truths
mm290: Gassing ’bout birds and supermen
mm300: Bloomberg: I’m not running, but…
mm301: Sorry, Mudge, the answer is no!
mm304: Mike, now I’m done!

This is all good sport in New York City, where, after all, Bloomberg is the two-term mayor, in a term-limit district. What’s a billionaire to do? Next?

Well, continuing the candidate introduction thing, John McCain was in town last week, so speculation naturally returned to Mike’s potential role on the Republican ticket. You’ll recall he introduced Barack Obama at his memorable Cooper Union appearance a couple of weeks ago, fueling Democratic running mate speculation anew.


Bloomberg Introduces McCain

By Michael Cooper | April 10, 2008, 2:11 pm

Perhaps when Michael R. Bloomberg finishes his term as mayor of New York he could become a professional speculation-fueler.

After all, his decision to leave the Republican Party fueled some pretty heated speculation that he might run for president this year as an independent. Then, after he announced that he would not run, his introduction of Senator Barack Obama at a speech last month at Cooper Union fueled speculation that he might like to be his running mate.

And on Thursday he introduced Senator John McCain, who gave a speech at a window company in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. That seemed sure to fuel speculation that, well, you get the idea by now.

Bloomberg and McCain go way back. And the mayor is always a gracious host. And, he’s a two term mayor in a term-limit town.

[Please click the link below for the complete article — but then please come on back!]

Bloomberg Introduces McCain – The Caucus – Politics – New York Times Blog

So, perhaps Mayor Mike planted a seed. After all, McCain has lot’s of time. New York might make a nice balance to Arizona. Of course, if John is not rabid enough for the maniac wing, they’ll be positively frothing at the mouth over the prospect of Bloomberg as VP candidate, especially given McCain’s age, his 96-year-old mother notwithstanding.

A day or so later:


New Bloomberg Job Rumor Is Followed by a Denial

By FERNANDA SANTOS | Published: April 14, 2008

The political future of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has been the subject of relentless speculation for months. First he was said to have been flirting with a presidential bid. Then his name was floated as a possible running mate of Senator Barack Obama.

Now, Mr. Bloomberg is rumored to be eyeing a third mayoral term. And just as with the earlier rumors, City Hall aides have issued firm denials about this one.

“It’s untrue,” Stu Loeser, the mayor’s press secretary, said in an interview on Sunday.

The idea of the mayor’s considering running for a third term in next year’s election was reported by The New York Post on Sunday.

You’ve got to figure, a man doesn’t amass $billions by not having contingencies.

[Please click the link below for the complete article — but then please come on back!]

New Bloomberg Job Rumor Is Followed by a Denial – New York Times

President of the U.S. on an independent ticket: Lot’s of analysis in 2007-8, but, after all is spent and done, not likely. So, no.

Vice President of the U.S. on the Democratic ticket: Hillary – too much NYC. So, no.

Vice President of the U.S. on the Democratic ticket: Obama – possibility, but a black and a Jew on the same ticket: too much NYC. So, no.

Vice President of the U.S. on the Republican ticket: McCain is a man he can do business with. Apparently McCain is a man anyone with sufficient cash can do business with. But, Mike left the Republicans earlier this political season. So, probably not, but…

Mayor of NYC for a third term: Can the term-limit law be changed? There may not be enough $zillions to persuade the speaker of the NY city council, a potential candidate herself, to go for that. So, probably not, but…

Three no’s, two probably no, but’s.

Hey Mr. Bloomberg, one could always retire to banking. I hear that there are some real bargains out there.

Quite a sport, this Mike-watching.

It’s it for now. Thanks,



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