Bloomberg – The Independent from NY

June 20, 2007 at 6:21 am | Posted in America, democracy, Democrats, government, news, politics, Republicans | Leave a comment

He’s left the Republican party behind. Surely that’s worth something. I like this quote:

“The politics of partisanship and the resulting inaction and excuses have paralysed decision-making, primarily at the federal level, and the big issues of the day are not being addressed, leaving our future in jeopardy.”

Guardian Unlimited

Obama talks about the division of politics quite a bit in his book, The Audacity of Hope, but Bloomberg seems to be literally putting his money where his mouth is. Obama although at first exciting, is perhaps too new to his career to make such bold moves as losing party affiliation – he needs the Democratic party; Bloomberg doesn’t.

Nothing has excited me so far about the 2008 campaign, but the unfolding events around Bloomberg seem interesting. He’s definitely no Howard Dean, but then again, what did Howard Dean ever do for the national conversation?

The fact that someone might fund their own billion dollar campaign may at first be unsettling, and as I mentioned in my previous post, call for concern regarding what class of American is able to actually run for office. But it is also strangely comforting to know (or at least hope) that special interest groups and partisan politics would be less likely to sway the decision-making of a leader who doesn’t have financial obligations.

Perhaps there is hope? Could Michael Bloomberg be our next President?

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