As everyone knows by now, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has officially left the Republican party and has declared himself an independent. Bloomberg was a lifelong Democrat before determining (correctly) that the best way for him to win the NYC mayor’s race was to run on the less populated GOP side. By most accounts, he’s been quite a good mayor (Bob and other NYC denizens, feel free to chime in).
The speculation, of course, is that he’s preparing to launch an independent bid for president. He’s a billionaire (that’s with a “b”), so there’s no question that he’s got the money, nor can anyone seriously doubt that he’s willing to spend a lot of it on getting himself elected — he shattered all previous NYC records in the last mayor’s race, despite weak opposition. He is appealingly libertarian on social issues — for instance, if he jumped in, he’d instantly be the highest-profile candidate to back full marriage equality. He seems generally sensible on other major issues (e.g., environmental) as well, at least as far as I know. And he makes as good a case as anyone (and better than most) about being someone who won’t feed into Washington’s partisan gridlock — he plays well with heavy hitters from both parties.
In short, no one is writing this guy off as a contender, at least not yet. Heck, I’d give him a serious look. After all, he grew up in Medford!
1. Can he win?
2. Should he win?
3. Who does his candidacy (if it happens) help, and who does it hurt?
4. Who should his running mate be?