I’m sorry. I couldn’t even blog on Ralph Nader. He’s a good man with good ideas but he has no chance of being elected. None. I think that Mike Gravel has more of a chance than Ralph Nader.
For Progressives that have feared an independent getting into the race, stop whining. Focus on the task at hand. Focus on nominating someone who will unify the country. Focus on someone who shares our values. Focus.
In other news, Michael Bloomberg with his Billion dollar portfolio, has decided not to run for president. Bloomberg is an interesting guy. He was a democrat then he became a republican. Now, he is an independent. What is he looking for? He says solutions. Well, I think that you can look for solutions without joining every club in town. I think that Bloomberg is an opportunist. This is what has made him a successful business man. This is what has made him mayor of New York.
Mr. Bloomberg writes in an op-ed in the NYT today (see below) that he is NOT running for president. Does that mean that he thinks that the candidates are too strong for him to beat? Yes, yes, I know. He says that the candidates aren’t covering the “real” issues. We have heard that before. I can tell you that we have had serious candidates talking about serious issues but you can not present a 30 minute policy speech to the American public and expect that they are going to pay attention. Get real. Bloomberg is an opportunist who saw no opportunity to win no matter how much money he threw at this goal.
I believe that an independent approach to these issues is essential to governing our nation — and that an independent can win the presidency. I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, but I am not — and will not be — a candidate for president. I have watched this campaign unfold, and I am hopeful that the current campaigns can rise to the challenge by offering truly independent leadership. The most productive role that I can serve is to push them forward, by using the means at my disposal to promote a real and honest debate.
In the weeks and months ahead, I will continue to work to steer the national conversation away from partisanship and toward unity; away from ideology and toward common sense; away from sound bites and toward substance. And while I have always said I am not running for president, the race is too important to sit on the sidelines, and so I have changed my mind in one area. If a candidate takes an independent, nonpartisan approach — and embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy — I’ll join others in helping that candidate win the White House. (more…)