Bloomberg: Piranha or Pariah? In or Out?
Regarding "Bloomberg Nears Run for CEO of U.S." (June 19), the evening when New York's mayor Mike Bloomberg announced he switched from being a billionaire fake Republican to just another independent billionaire, Clyde McConnell of Calgary, Alberta, writes:
Thanks for reading, Clyde. Actually, the word was "pariah," not "piranha."
It's from a June 20 New York Times item:
You're right about the fishiness, though; Bloomberg's already a piranha.
By the way, disregard Bloomberg's more recent announcement that he's not really going to run for president. He won't do it if there's a good Republican candidate to face, say, Hillary. But he might very well try it if the GOP, whose grassroots are still infested with religious-right wing-nuts, rejects the unjustifiably popular Rudy Giuliani — yet another New Yorker — as too much of a drag on "family values" and nominates someone like Mitt Romney.
The confusion over Bloomberg's intentions stems from his use of the word "intention" — and some bad headline writing in the world's newspapers. For instance, the Montreal Gazette blares today: "Bloomberg rules out White House run in '08." But the Reuters story below the headline says:
He didn't rule out a run. Like many other pols in similar circumstances, he said he isn't a candidate (that means right at this second) and that he intends to remain as mayor. That's not the same thing.