[A United Airlines flight landed in Salt Lake City after a bomb threat; an airplane intentionally crashed into the IRS offices in Austin, Texas; Dick Cheney mocks Obama as a one term president – a day in the life of the United States under Barack Obama.]
Barack Obama is such a mess that he threatens to give rise to a successful Third Party effort in 2012 – if he persists in inflicting himself on the nation yet again. In a sense our discussion today is a continuation of our Mistake In ’08 series. The mistake in ’08, when the Democratic establishment mugged Hillary Clinton in order to gift Barack Obama the nomination, killed the Democratic Party and is now rapidly killing the Obamination which is the Obama Dimocratic Party.
Back in May 2007 we issued a “Word Of Warning About Bloomberg”. We wrote then that Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City “was a likely candidate for president in 2008.” We also wrote “when billionaires decide to run, the earth moves.”
We followed that warning with a second article about the potential alliance of Bloomberg and Republican Charles Hagel on a presidential ticket. Were we completely daft and wrong? After all, Michael Bloomberg did not run for president in 2008. Were we stupid and sensational? No. We were directly on target. Joyce Purnick of the New York Times proved us right on September 14, 2009:
Would Bloomberg be an updated version of H. Ross Perot, the wealthy Texan who ran as an independent in 1992? No, the mayor kept saying crankily for more than a year, and into the presidential season that ended with the election of Barack Obama. … Yet at the same time, his aides let it be known that Bloomberg could spend whatever he wanted on running for president. It would be ‘a billion-dollar campaign,’ Sheekey told Newsweek. At every opportunity, he talked up the idea of his boss running as a third-party candidate, a message echoed by Bloomberg’s pollster, Douglas Schoen, who, surely by coincidence, was writing a book about the impending death of the two-party system and parallel rise of political independence. … In June 2007, Bloomberg, the lifelong Democrat who had become a Republican to run for mayor, quit the GOP and declared himself an independent. …
“The true scope of the Bloomberg’s stealth campaign has never been disclosed. A company called the Symposia Group, which had a client of one — Mike Bloomberg — had created a Bloomberg for President website on Sheekey’s instruction. Mayoral sources were quoted in news accounts saying Symposia was preparing to analyze voter preferences nationwide if Bloomberg ran. They also said they were polling around the country. It remains a well-guarded secret how far that went, what Bloomberg paid for preliminary ‘micro-targeting,’ travel, salaries and polling, or what he learned. Since Bloomberg personally underwrote his non-campaign, he could spend what he wanted without creating the standard paper trail of public candidate reports. …
“On January 3, … Obama stunned the country by winning the first primary caucuses of the presidential year. … By mid-February John McCain, who, like Obama, appealed to independents, had all but clinched the Republican nomination. A few weeks later, Bloomberg consulted with Sheekey, Patti Harris, Ed Skyler and his ad maker, Bill Knapp. Go for it, Sheekey still advised. He had even lined up a presidential campaign staff-in-waiting, putting former Bloomberg workers on the alert in case the mayor gave the nod. Harris and Skyler advised the mayor to stand down. Knapp was said to be in the
middle. Bloomberg pulled the plug … He was too level-headed to run when he knew he could not win. …
Purnick noted that Bloomberg had a “fantasy he had harbored since college, to be president — to be the first Jewish president”. Bloomberg did not run, but the story is not yet over.
ROSE: My friend David Brooks, who was on the program recently and over the weekend, said at long last, he believes that third party may be a viable alternative if the president runs for re-election and someone from the right of the Republican Party is the nominee, that there is today, in today’s atmosphere, because of a feeling that issues are not being addressed well, an opportunity for a third party candidate with very–with appropriate credentials to run and win the presidency.
Sen. BAYH: Well, there’s a high level of frustration with the two-party system out there. And the public voted–concluded the Republicans weren’t doing a very good job of solving our challenges. They’re giving our party, the Democrats, a chance. I think the president very much wants to be a change agent. He’s making a sincere effort. Not enough members of Congress are listening, either because of partisan or ideological reasons. So I believe the president will be a strong favorite for re-election, certainly as the economy improves. But I do think there’s something to what David Brooks said. This is, in some ways, another–for lack of a better phrase, “a Ross Perot moment.” You remember back then, the deficit was unsustainably high. The economy was struggling. People had a sense that Washington was just broken, and they looked for someone from completely outside the system. So, you know, let me be clear. I support the president. I think he is making a major effort, and I’m going to do what I can to help him succeed. But just my political take on it, I think–I think David is–he’s on to something. Particularly, Charlie, if the–if the economy does not improve and if we were to, as we were discussing on your show the last time, if these deficits and increasing debt are just allowed to run, and you get a reaction in the global credit markets that causes a collapse of the dollar or a dramatic run up-in interest rates, you know, that could be the kind of thing that, in spite of everyone’s efforts, would really galvanize public opinion against everyone in Washington, regardless of party.
Notice, the great conditional to a Third Party run in 2012: IF Obama runs for reelection. As to Rose’s observation that a third party candidate has to have “appropriate credentials to run” – he means MONEY.
At his wealthiest, Ross Perot had five billion dollars. Michael Bloomberg on a bad day, has much much more money. Bloomberg’s salary as Mayor is low, but his assets are sitting pretty. As of May 2009:
Yet, there’s Bloomberg at No. 17. The mayor makes a salary of $1 per year, but he’s the only member of the Top 20 whose net worth has risen during the past year. According to Forbes, this is due to a re-evaluation of Bloomberg LP: Bloomberg bought a 20 percent stake from cash-strapped Merrill Lynch last July for $4.5 billion.
Bloomberg, the man who refused to move into Gracie Mansion after being elected mayor, is still living as large as ever. He has expanded his posh East 79th Street townhouse, quietly buying up four of the six apartments in the building next door.
The mayor’s home is now 12,500 square feet. To put it in perspective, media mogul Rupert Murdoch lives on Fifth Avenue … in 8,000 square feet.
Bloomberg also owns property in Bermuda, London, Vail and Westchester County.
Is there an additional White House in Washington Bloomberg is going to purchase? There is this realistic report:
“It’s hard to see the populist mood afoot in the country lofting to the White House a billionaire mayor who used to work for Salomon Brothers. But three recent moves by Michael Bloomberg can be seen in the context of an independent mayor who sees President Obama’s sagging poll numbers and has the ability to get into the 2012 presidential race at a late stage and self-finance if no credible Republican or independent alternative emerges.
First, he opposes Mr. Obama’s proposed bank tax, warning it will turn New York City into another Detroit.
Then, he hires Howard Wolfson, who has experience campaigning against Obama as an aide to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
Then, Mr. Bloomberg reverses course and opposes the Obama administration’s plan to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York City.
Mr. Bloomberg hasn’t run the city exactly on free-market principles. He backed eminent domain at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, banned smoking and trans-fats in restaurants, and raised taxes and spending. He’s not strong on Second Amendment issues. But he’s independent, he can’t be bought by the special interests, he’s good on charter schools, and he’s got a fabulous police commissioner in Raymond Kelly. And remember, Ross Perot’s wealth didn’t prevent him from emerging as a voice of Americans who were fed up with both Democrat and Republican politicians in Washington.”
Howard Wolfson, who helped craft and drive the message in Mayor Bloomberg’s re-election bid, is joining the mayor’s City Hall team in a broad senior advisory role as the administration prepares for a third term in a brutal economic climate, sources told The Post. [snip]
Wolfson is also the only senior member of Bloomberg’s kitchen cabinet who’s worked on a presidential run – and speculation has been running wild that the mayor, who’s a lame duck at City Hall now, is eyeing the White House in 2012 after seriously putting pieces together to run for 2008 but ultimately deciding against pulling the switch.
Michael Bloomberg barely won re-election as New York City’s Mayor in 2009. Bloomberg vastly outspent his little known rival and brutalized him with unfair advertisements which ran with brutal frequency. Bloomberg ran after he imperiously swept aside the term limits law, aided by private gifts to silence the city’s elites across the non-profit universe and political consultant establishment. But, he won.
In 2010 Bloomberg pal Mort Zuckerman might run for Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand. Already Zuckerman has spoken with the Republican Party Chairman in New York, Ed Cox. Wayne Barrett (one of the best, check out his April 2008 Hillary Clinton Rules and Bylaws Committee article HERE) does a public service by describing how Big Media operates as well as what is going on with respect to the 2010 political situation in New York State:
Zuckerman is described in the story as a “close friend” of Bloomberg’s, moved by Mike’s success to consider following in his mogul-to-high-public-office footsteps. Close friend is in fact an understatement. They finish each other’s sentences — usually on the editorial page of the Daily News. [snip]
Bloomberg’s top political advisers, from Kevin Sheekey to Howard Wolfson, however, have no difficulty figuring that out. My bet is that this story — about Zuckerman’s possible “independent” candidacy for the senate — emanated from City Hall, where the mayor’s possible independent candidacy for president in 2012 is quietly fermenting. The two close friends may well be embarking on a joint adventure, seeing if they both can capitalize on all the angst arising from a crisis provoked by their own Wall Street clients and cronies.
In one of his saddest attempts to save Barack Obama, the love struck David Brooks, discussed the rise of the third party candidate to come:
“There is a specter haunting America: the specter of a saner, updated version of Ross Perot. He is lurking out there, ready to ride the free-floating anger and distrust of Washington. He is out there now in one of his homes or private jets, getting madder by the day. He is large of ego, full of money and cranky in mien.
When he enters the arena, he’ll say that Washingtonians, all of them, are a bunch of failures. Over the past five years, Washington has tried to reform Social Security, immigration, health care and energy policy. All of these efforts have either failed or are close to failure — thousands of people working millions of hours and in all likelihood producing nothing.
He’ll point out that Washingtonians, all of them, breed selfishness. Republicans refuse to accept tax increases. Democrats reject spending cuts. They’ve put the country on a highway to a fiscal crisis, and there are no exit ramps.
When he comes, he’ll present himself warts and all. Yes, I’m an obnoxious S.O.B., he’ll say. But you need me right now. Yes, I am a blank slate, but people are so desperate that they’re voting for blank slates. When he comes — this billionaire Simon Cowell, this political Bobby Knight — he will change the political landscape, at least for a time.”
Barack Obama we now know is the Frankenstein monster of the Democratic establishment. The monster has caused such havoc that the very money men who typically fund the monsters will now come from the shadows to buy political offices – for themselves.
The hope that in 2012 a third party candidate will emerge from “the people” is likely a misplaced one. It could still happen but the likelihood is that a billionaire will be the one to come forth. There will be, we suspect, many challengers to Barack Obama from the left, right, and center in 2012. In 2012 “anything goes” because the country is in such bad shape.
The only way to forestall further disaster is for Barack Obama to be forced out. Not asked out. Forced out. And Hillary Clinton comes to the rescue. Otherwise prepare for the rise of the Oligarchs.
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Bethlehem Washington to be born?