Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bloomberg

I got the "draft Bloomberg" email that, as far as I can tell, went to everyone who ever used the word "politics" online. While I can't imagine anyone supporting him, Andy Borowitz has the best take on it:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is “still trying to decide” whether to buy the U.S. presidency, aides to Mr. Bloomberg confirmed today, with the sticking point reportedly being the steep price of such an acquisition.

In recent weeks, Mr. Bloomberg had been sending out positive signals about his interest in buying the highest office in the land, raising hopes among supporters that he might be preparing to throw his wallet in the ring.

In a speech in Oklahoma last week, for example, the mayor told an enthralled crowd, “In these divisive times, I believe that the American people are yearning for the
leadership of a whiny billionaire.”

Mr. Bloomberg even floated a possible campaign slogan: “Vote For Me and I’ll Give you $10,000.”

Aides close to the mayor indicated that there were other positive signs as well,
noting that Mr. Bloomberg had recently transferred $2 billion into his day-to-day checking account.

“With that kind of money, you could either buy the White House or ten Mitt Romneys,” said one aide familiar with the cash transfer.

But according to one of Mr. Bloomberg’s advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity, falling real estate prices in the U.S. may have given the mayor cold feet about buying the presidency.

“At this point, buying the United States isn’t looking like such a good investment,” the adviser said. “At the end of the day, Mike might be better off buying Canada.”

http://www.borowitzreport.com/


Actually, Bloomberg is the corporations relief pitcher if the Republican nominee looks like a loser and the Democratic nominee isn't Clinton.

4 comments:

Mauigirl said...

Great take on it by Borowitz!

I don't think Bloomberg can win and if he can't win I don't think he'll play.

DCup said...

Aides close to the mayor indicated that there were other positive signs as well,noting that Mr. Bloomberg had recently transferred $2 billion into his day-to-day checking account.

I had to read that three times because each time I did, I started to laugh and I thought, surely I must have misread that.

Wow. Imagine. $2billion into your everyday checking account.

SweaterMan said...

I just transferred 50 bucks into mine to get by until Friday.

$2 billion. Hmmmm.

Don't think I'd be wasting it on a run for the Presidency though.

Let's buy everyone a pony!

FranIAm said...

You know what, this is just my two cents (because that is about all I have)but here are my thoughts on Mike.

Now I live in Albany, but until November, I was living in Nyack and working in NYC as I had been for many years. As a result, the politics of NYC are very familiar to me.

Yes, I was around for the ugly Rudy years, although I did leave for 2 of them and went west. He was the worst mayor - a true abomination.

Mike Bloomberg ran as a Republican, which is a NYC oddity- Dems are Republicans, what can I tell you?

I think that people like to hate on Mike because he is so freaking rich. So what?

Honestly- he has been a good mayor. He has done a fine job in a city that was f*cked due to not just 9/11 aftermath, but the Rudy aftermath.

To just write him off as a tool of the corporations does not do him justice.

That is indeed Hillary's role!