I’ll have to admit this much, as a former New Yorker I would certainly prefer Mike Bloomberg as president than Rudy Giuliani any day. Which is why his announcement that he was leaving the Republican party and has been planning a possible independent run for more than two years now came as such a jolt.
While he is definitely more of what my parents used to call (and be) “Country Club Republicans”, economically conservative but more socially moderate than your average Republican, the best part about Bloomberg is his off-the-cuff, unscripted, un-handled feel to tackling problems and calling it like he sees it approach to governing.
For example, take a few weeks ago, when he responded to yet another Bush administration “terrorist alert” on the terrorist plot at JFK airport. After such breathless pronouncements by Justice officials about “unthinkable devastation”, it turns out that the “attack” was actually more of a hoax.
Bloomberg went on camera and said: “There are lots of threats to you in the world. There’s the threat of a heart attack for genetic reasons. You can’t sit there and worry about everything. You have a much greater danger of being hit by lightning than being struck by a terrorist. Get a life.”
Other than John Edwards slamming the “war on terror” as a “bumper sticker slogan”, I’ve yet to hear another major politician call out the fear and smear tactics of the right quite like that.
Plus, the guy just seems full of a vim and vinegar you don’t find in presidential candidates. Think about Bill Clinton’s response on marijuana use and then get a load of this Bloomberg response when asked if he had ever smoked marijuana in his life: “You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.”
LOL. While third party runs are virtually impossible in our two-party monopoly system, he still merits serious attention, imo. Plus, he should be entertaining as hell.
Cross posted from AoF