By most accounts, Michael Bloomberg’s been a pretty good mayor of New York City, no small accomplishment. And if one overlooks his extensive fundraising for rightwing candidates back when he was trying to polish his GOP credentials, his liberal résumé really isn’t half bad: Pro-choice, pro-gay rights and the like.
But I still hate the thought of his running for president as an independent.
First, although the polls don’t show it right now, in the end he’ll inevitably steal more votes from the Democratic candidate than from the Republican. He might just throw the election to one of the merry mites running for the GOP nomination.
But to be honest, even if I could be guaranteed such a disaster scenario wouldn’t come to pass, I’d still be uncomfortable with Bloomberg running: It just galls me to think of a billionaire being able to become an instant contender for the presidency of the United States simply because he’s willing to lay the money down.
It isn’t supposed to work that way. Maybe saying that is naïve, but it’s how I feel.