We may know who will be the nominees in each party by Feb. 5 — or god forbid even sooner. But the dynamics of the race now look destined to be far from settled by that point.
Aides to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have been meeting with potential presidential campaign consultants in recent weeks, according to sources, raising the prospects that he will pursue an independent bid for the White House.
And the story gained further steam today when it was reported that Bloomberg would join Democratic and Republican party elder statesmen at the University of Oklahoma in a conference on ending partisan gridlock. It sounds a bit similar to a USC Annenberg School of Communication event last summer in which Bloomberg and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger were keynote speakers. On the way home from the event, Bloomberg announced that he was switching his party affiliation from Republican to independent.
Sam Waterston, the spokesman for Unity08, the group pushing for a bipartisan ticket in 2008, told the New York Times that Bloomberg has been mentioned most often as a prospective nominee.
“If he formally embraced Unity08’s principle goals of a bipartisan,
nonpartisan, post-partisan ticket — which he’s almost in a position to
do all by himself, having been a Democrat, a Republican and now an
independent — and of an administration dedicated to ending partisanship
within itself and in Washington, then it’s hard to think of anyone
better placed to win Unity08’s support if he sought it,” Waterston
said. “And, of course, there’s nothing that says Unity08 couldn’t draft