New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg remains a possible independent candidate for president in 2008. The financial mogul can fund his own race tot he tune of $1 billion if necessary making him a formidable adversary should he run. I'm going to find it extremely difficult to support Hillary Clinton if she's the Democratic candidate and would welcome a Bloomberg candidacy if she's my other choice. If someone else gets the nod in Denver I can support the Party's choice. Not Hillary however.
Much as I'd like to finally see a woman president I'm not going to support someone simply on the basis of her gender. Issues, positions and experience matter. Clinton has shown she's poll driven and changes as quickly as the wind blows. Scenting that voters want change she did a complete 180 degree pivot and began marketing herself as an agent of change. BS. Her campaign is run by a pollster and it shows. Hillary has shown extremely poor judgment on the war in Iraq and her husband signed NAFTA and DOMA, two disastrous bills. She's beholden to the special interests, especially insurance companies, and I don't trust her to undertake real health care reform or end the war.
Since I endorsed John Edwards in July I haven't had a single doubt about his ability to do the job or win. Polls increasingly show he's far and away our best choice for winning next November. He adopted good positions on critical issues early on and stands for economic equality and focusing on the poor, issues desperately needing attention in this country. He hasn't just talked about these he's walked the walk working closely with organized labor and organizations like ACORN.
All of the Republican candidates are seriously flawed and 2008 promises to be a breakout year for Democrats if they can field a strong team. This Party has failed miserably in doing this in the past because it's controlled by too many hacks, inside consultants and old timers who act like sheep. They will blindly support whomever their leadership says and, too many times, it's the person whose turn it has been deemed to be. They're all a bunch of losers however, dull campaigners controlled by Beltway consultants afraid to make mistakes and running to lose rather than win. The consultants don't care, they collect their fat fees and are off to the next campaign.
Michael Bloomberg would offer a true alternative to Clinton. His running would also put New York State in play and make things very difficult for Hillary. Replacing those electoral votes will be hard. All Bloomberg need do is capture his home state to have an impact as an independent. Rumors are also rife that Ron Paul will run independently. He's no threat and will only siphon off the fringe voters who normally sit out anyway.
Democrats need to wake up and smell the danger a Bloomberg candidacy poses.