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Third party threatened by Obama rise?
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Really? That's what the NY Times is reporting:
He arrived here for what seemed like it could be a big moment. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, eyeing a third-party presidential bid, joined Republican and Democratic elders at a forum to denounce the extreme partisanship of Washington and plot how to influence the campaign.

But even as the mayor gathered on Monday with the seasoned Washington hands on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the surging presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama seemed to steal energy from the event and set off worry elsewhere among Mr. Bloomberg’s supporters.

Mr. Obama has stressed that he wants to move beyond gridlocked politics and usher in an era of national unity. A key organizer of the effort to draft Mr. Bloomberg for a presidential run acknowledged in an interview on Monday that that Mr. Obama’s rise could be problematic.

“Obama is trying to reach out to independent voters, and that clearly would be the constituency that Mike Bloomberg would go after,” said Andrew MacRae, who heads the Washington chapter of Draft Mike Bloomberg for President 2008. “An Obama victory does not make it impossible, but it certainly makes it more difficult.”
Uh huh. Here are a group of guys who want to run the country who haven't the political moxie to understand that if you want to be the story for the day, you don't schedule your event on the eve of the NH primary after the political sea-change the Iowa caucuses have just brought?

Brilliant.

And fyi guys, Obama isn't the only one going after independents. Just because you're fed up, like the rest of us, with the two parties doesn't mean independents are going to flock to you just based on your claim to be centerist.

The real reason that Obama is problematic to these guys is they haven't made a decision yet about entering the race and the Obama bandwagon has left town and isn't likely to be caught. Or said another way, they've missed the moment.
 
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Every four years, the time comes around for control freaks who think it’s their natural right to lord over the rest of us to indulge in their fantasies. I wish they would do so in private, except of course for the occasional entertainment value when one of them who goes a bit too far gets deflated. If Bloomberg keeps up, this year that will be him.
 
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set off worry elsewhere among Mr. Bloomberg’s supporters.
Plural you say? Really?
 
Written By: ChrisB
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Scott Ott had it best, "After Consulting His Supporter Bloomberg Decides to Cancel Run"....
 
Written By: Joe
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Even though he may never have had any shot at it himself, Bloomberg could still determine who wins the general election. Ross Perot got Bill Clinton elected twice.
Bloomberg still has a full spectrum of ways to spin himself to the public. He is what Hillary claims to be (a lifelong Democrat with actual executive experience in public and private). He shares Obama’s only substantial asset in that he can claim he’s not entrenched with the DC political establishment. He’s ’pro-business’. He’s ’independant’ because he’s left both parties.
Unless either side has a massive (over 20%) lead after the conventions, he easily has the time and money available to run a campaign that would suck enough votes away to decide the election.
 
Written By: Ted
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According to Breaking News! this morning, Obama has captured the coveted Tim Robbins/Susan Sarandon vote, so they may as well not even bother with the election now.
 
Written By: the wolf
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"After Consulting His Supporter Bloomberg Decides to Cancel Run"...."

Does he talk to Jock a lot? I thought not.
 
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