However, now that Mayor Mike is leaving his adoptive party, the rumor mill has been burning the midnight oil speculating that Bloomberg is going to make a run for the White House. After all, though he still denies it, Bloomberg's resignation comes only a day after telling an audience at Google's headquarters that the "country is in trouble" and blasting the current presidential candidates, the press, as well as the recent debates.
"They have absolutely nothing to do with the job and the qualifications. And they don't tell you anything about whether or not any of those candidates would be good or bad presidents. What they really say is, did they memorize their notes of ‘What to say if …' and whether their staff was able to anticipate," the mayor said. "If you look at both debates, they pandered, what I would argue, the same ways."
Mr. Bloomberg said the presidential candidates were exploiting the threat of terrorism, and failing to deliver solutions to problems such as illegal immigration, health care, and education.
"I think that none of them are addressing those issues," the mayor said during an exchange with reporters after the Google talk.
Given his talk at Google yesterday and his resignation today, though the rumor mill may be working overtime, it may also be correct.
The question then becomes: If Bloomberg runs for President as an independent under the "I Like Mike" slogan, who will he pull votes from? Democrats or Republicans?
Our guess is that Bloomberg will pull votes from the Democrats as the Democrats are, according to an ABC News article, veering too far to the left and, therefore, running the risk of alienating the moderate swing voters.
"The thing that's amazing about the Democrats is that they could still snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. The major Democrats are all now well to the left of the median voter," says Jeffrey Berry, a political science professor at Tufts University.
In fact, considering that the Democratic front runner, Her Highness Hillary has been taking jabs by unions and feminists, now, even Ralph Nader is joining the fray by asking: Is Hillary Clinton a political weather vane or a political compass?
Heck! By the time the November 2008 presidential election takes place, the swing voters may be so thoroughly disgusted with the Democrats that they may flock toward Bloomberg and Fred Thompson will be our next president.
Interesting devlopment indeed!