From a post up at Bloomberg’s own Bloomberg.com, New York City’s mayor had this to say, regarding a potential independent run:
“Unless you get a majority, it goes to the House,” he said today during a conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal in Washington. “It’s going to go to the Republicans because the Republicans have just taken over the House.”
Bloomberg is probably right. We can never really be sure… I mean would ALL of the republican party vote to install their candidate if they had neither won the popular or electoral college vote?
Regardless, it would certainly be difficult, even for someone with relatively bottomless pockets like Michael Bloomberg. When you sit down and think about it, its a bit foolish to think that a currently nonexistent network of independent and moderate activists could pull together and pull off a huge win against nationwide parties that are exponentially better organized, better funded and more experienced.
What we need to focus on is building capacity at every level, starting at the bottom. This is why, whenever I mention Bloomberg’s chances of running for president, I say maybe in 2016. People like him don’t get as rich as they do by throwing money away. He’s not going to run unless he sees a pathway to the White House.
2016 might look different however. Groups all over the country are growing at the grassroots level. We’re seeing more non major party candidate both run and win. Big groups like No Labels are starting to fill the vacuum, and moderate think tanks like Third Way are gaining strength. People are leaving the major parties as they move farther and farther towards their more purist bases, and the likely candidates in 2016 are not exactly inspiring.
Regardless of whether 2016 is a realistic possiblity or not, what we need to do is the same. We need to focus our efforts on building a foundation of centrists and moderates coming together in opposition of both parties and their irresponsible actions. THAT is what will speed up the day that we’ll see a centrist in the White House… not pinning our hopes on one man, however inspiring he may be.