Brent Budowsky at The Hill, one of my favorite columnists, took a look at what a potentially self funded independent presidential run by Michael Bloomberg might look like, and what Obama could do to stem the growing demand for such new options.
Imagine the candidacy of a self-made billionaire CEO who built and ran a globally admired business, successfully manages the largest city government in the world and can tell voters that he is unbought and unbossed by campaign donors, lobbyist influence or partisan politics.
I think it would be a better idea for him to only take small donations, but otherwise go self funded, take zero PAC money, cap individual contributions at maybe 500 bucks, and not allow any bundling. Its not like too many people are going to fork over a whole lot for a guy who could pay for the whole thing himself, so its a win win situation for him… he looks unbuyable by special interests, as well as by bundlers and the wealthy.
I’ve said this several times… but I think this talk of Bloomberg in 2012 just isn’t going to come to fruition. I think its much more likely that he’ll finish his term in New York City, continue networking and getting his name out around the country, work to help build a budding network of organizations fighting for centrist causes and give a go in 2016. This could all change if Obama truly tanks in the next year or so, but I find that unlikely.
I do agree with Budrowsky here though:
The nation is ready for leaders who rise above petty politics, who can run a business and manage a government without being bought, bossed, owned or rented by any interest or party.
It couldn’t come soon enough.