June 20, 2007
Bloomberg Quits GOP, No One Cares
The mayor of New York City announced yesterday that he's quitting the Republican Party ...
... and judging from the chorus of cricket chirps, no one really gives a damn. That's probably because in order for one to quit the Republican Party, one must first be a Republican.
The fact is, Bloomberg, a lifelong Democrat, became a Republican-in-name-only so he could cut in line ahead of several New York Democratic mayors-in-waiting. So it's hardly a surprise that there's nearly no issue on which Bloomberg is in line with the Republican Party -- as his mayoralty vividly demonstrates.
Republicans who applauded this punk's switch to the GOP now know the two lessons New York Democrats learned in 2001. To Mike Bloomberg, loyalty is a one-way street. And to Mike Bloomberg, a political party and its supporters are nothing more than a disposable vehicle for achieving ego-feeding goals.
Of course, the mayor's latest party divorce is presidential politics. He wants to be president and knows that he hasn't a prayer of getting the GOP nomination. I remember reading rumors recently that Bloomberg was willing to spend $1,000,000,000 of his own money on an independent presidential bid. (According to estimates, that's about 1/5 of his net worth. Ego gratification can be pricey!)
I hope Bloomberg makes the presidential plunge; in terms of impact, he'd be the Democratic Party's Ross Perot.
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