Thursday, June 21, 2007

Alex Forshaw on Bloomberg for POTUS

I think Alex is astute here:
All Bloomberg brings to the table is money. In terms of positions, he is well to the left of the Democratic Party: totally pro-choice, a regulatory and environmental fascist (smoking and trans fats come to mind), a massive tax hiker in the name of education, and so on and so forth. (Yes, NYC is doing well. Does Bloomberg deserve credit for that? In my opinion, no -- huge growth in the finance industry delivered a tax windfall into Bloomberg's lap.) Not to mention Bloomberg's severe elitist streak.

In fairness to Bloomberg, if anybody deserves to be an elitist, he does. After all, he is a hell of a lot smarter than most of us. His "Bloomberg machines" are ubiquitous up here -- for $2000 a month, the user gets access to mind-boggling amounts of financial data, delivered in a pretty usable package. Bloomberg makes $1 billion a year after taxes on these things, on top of a net worth of $20 billion.

I think a Bloomberg run is the best thing that could possibly happen for the GOP. The GOP could keep 42-46% of the popular vote with Fred Thompson and keep their base intact, instead of having Rudy win a Pyrrhic intraparty civil war over social issues to give the GOP a one-in-ten shot at a 50.1% victory in the popular vote.

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