Bloomberg Got It Wrong

For a time this year, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently flirted with a third party run for President.  Based on published accounts, his contemplated run was predicated, among other things, on providing an alternative to either a Trump or a Sanders presidency.  Ultimately, Bloomberg decided to not run.

It’s a shame that Bloomberg was singularly focused on the presidency.  As I argue in my novel, “E Party”, in order to create an effective, competitive third party movement the work should start at the state level and build up.  And, given the level of dissatisfaction prevalent in our political system and being currently expressed, this would have been a great time to start.

To that end, I was encouraged when veteran political commentator, Morton Kondracke, wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Bloomberg Could Start a Third Party”.

In making his recommendation, Kondracke points out that “While Bloomberg wouldn’t win, he could, by attracting support from marginalized moderates and independents, make a big dent---and put both parties on notice that polarized business as usual isn’t acceptable”.

Also not unlike E Party, Kondracke points out that billionaire Bloomberg would be better served to spend the $1 billion that would have been allocated to his run for office to a better cause that could establish a lasting third party effort, or at least “a powerful centrist movement”. 

While one article regarding the need to create a effective, competitive third party is not likely to start the revolution, it is always interesting when a longstanding member of the media “establishment” is willing to venture outside the box.

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