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Eat Leftist dung piles GS. Mah man:

Bloomberg leaves Republican Party
NYC mayor, subject of speculation about presidential run, now unaffiliated



NEW YORK - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party on Tuesday and switched to unaffiliated, a move certain to be seen as a prelude to an independent presidential bid that would upend the 2008 race.

The billionaire former CEO, who was a lifelong Democrat before he switched to the Republican Party in 2001 for his first mayoral run, said the change in his voter registration does not mean he is running for president.

"Although my plans for the future haven't changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our city," Bloomberg said.
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With an estimated worth of more than $5 billion, he easily could finance an independent presidential bid.

The 65-year-old mayor has increasingly been the subject of speculation that he will run as an independent in 2008, despite his repeated promises to leave politics after the end of his term in 2009. He has fueled the buzz with increasing out-of-state travel, a greater focus on national issues and repeated criticism of the partisan politics that dominate Washington.

"The politics of partisanship and the resulting inaction and excuses have paralyzed decision-making, primarily at the federal level, and the big issues of the day are not being addressed, leaving our future in jeopardy," he said in a speech Monday at the start of a University of Southern California conference about the advantages of nonpartisan governing.

Throughout his 5 1/2 years as mayor, Bloomberg has often been at odds with his party and President Bush. He supports gay marriage, abortion rights, gun control and stem cell research, and raised property taxes to help solve a fiscal crisis after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

But he never seemed willing to part with the GOP completely, raising money for the 2004 presidential convention and contributing to Bush and other Republican candidates.

Just last year, he told a group of Manhattan Republicans about his run for mayor: "I couldn't be prouder to run on the Republican ticket and be a Republican."

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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Three words: Business As Usual

I'm sure a NY billionaire is going to put his weight behind dismantling the foundations of American empire. In any case, I'll try to keep an open mind -- perhaps he'll surprise me.

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He might. He's a real maverick. He is your classic fiscally conservative social liberal. He fits your bill: neither party wants him.

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It will be interesting to see if Bloomberg plays the spoiler against the Republican candidate much the way Nader or Perot has against the Democrat’s Presidential candidate in the past few elections.

Although in 2008 I think Bush will be playing the role of Republican Spoiler Supremo.

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Perot was primarily a GOP spoiler, who essentially gave Clinton the WH...

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Perot was primarily a GOP spoiler, who essentially gave Clinton the WH...
Ya See, I wuz lookin' at my chart upside down!.

I was putting Perot in 2000 in my head for some reason [maybe it is because he is too hard to get OUT of one's head]. So to recap Nader for the Dems and Perot for the Repubs. Will Bloomberg be another Perot? At 5'6" he is taller.

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Hahaha -- talking heads are speculating that he may or may not run, depending on who comes out of the primaries. If both candidates are polarizing in nature, ala Romney and Clinton, he may run as a centrist independent.

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Hahaha -- talking heads are speculating that he may or may not run, depending on who comes out of the primaries. If both candidates are polarizing in nature, ala Romney and Clinton, he may run as a centrist independent.
And spoil them both.

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No way in hell.

We are not ready for a Jew as a President.
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No way in hell.

We are not ready for a Jew as a President.
They said that about a Catholic and a Quaker.

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