Tuesday, June 19, 2007

bloomberg abandons rethugs, runs as independent

He hasn't been my kind of candidate, affiliating himself with the rethuglicans, but what if he's actually viable as an Independent? What if he, as The Agonist suggests, were to team up with a Democrat. Does that give anyone else a freshening of hope? I'm desperate for anyone who might be able to wrest control of our country back from the bought-and-paid-for corporate operatives masquerading as elected representatives. It's probably not him. And he's likely still a rethug at heart, just hastening now, like a long-tailed wharf rat, to abandon the sinking ship that is George Bush. I know little about him, just that NYC-living JMGers don't screech in outrage at the mention of his name; that's somewhat encouraging but clearly not enough.

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Anonymous Tater said...

He is a billionaire. I would think that being ridiculously wealthy, and sharing the values of corporate world domination, kind of go hand in hand. He may prove me wrong, but this is a class struggle, not just a conservative/liberal fight. The Christianists have all been bought and paid for by corporate america, and serve to muddy up the waters by their vehement screaming over non issues like gay marriage, when in reality our attention should be focused on the influence peddling destroying our democracy. The more people screaming about moral nonsense, the less attention is paid to the money and power grabbing behavior of energy companies, defense contractors, the banking sector, Financial Markets, etc. Our country is being raped and pillaged by CEO's and the diffusion of reponsibility and culpability. What the evangelicals fail to fuck up with their blind devotion to the neo con puppet masters, our moronic culture and news media are fucking up with its celebrity pseudo news, and fascination with trashy, shallow behavior. Who cares if PH is in jail? Who cares if Brittany shaves her head or has a raging swarm of panty crickets? We need to wake the fuck up.

Bloomberg, IMO must distance himself from the neo cons succinctly and quickly if he wants us to take him seriously. Otherwise, he is just another rich asshole looking to feather his nest, or protect that nest from being destroyed by the people whose necks he stepped on to attain all that wealth.

June 19, 2007 9:13 PM  
Blogger Red7Eric said...

I fear that he's going to run on his own, splitting the liberal/progressive vote with the Democrats, and paving the way for a Republican to take the White House for the third term in a row. And even tho' none of the Republicans are nearly as heinous as Dubya, it's time for something really different. I'm hoping against hope that he merely wants to endorse a Democrat in '08 and couldn't do it as a Republican.

(Please please please ...)

June 19, 2007 10:53 PM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

well call me jaded and cynical, but this gives me no freshening of hope. The first thing I thought was, shit, this just makes it worse, because ain't no GodFearing Republican going to vote for an Independent, but a good number of Democrats probably would. It will just split the blue vote, and if we ever need togetherness, it's now.

June 20, 2007 1:22 AM  
Anonymous lynette said...

but maybe he'll split the red vote? i want al gore.

June 20, 2007 7:24 AM  
Anonymous lynette said...

This is from his statement re changing registration:

"“A nonpartisan approach has worked wonders in New York: we’ve balanced budgets, grown our economy, improved public health, reformed the school system and made the nation’s safest city even safer.

“We have achieved real progress by overcoming the partisanship that too often puts narrow interests above the common good. As a political independent, I will continue to work with those in all political parties to find common ground, to put partisanship aside and to achieve real solutions to the challenges we face.

“Any successful elected executive knows that real results are more important than partisan battles and that good ideas should take precedence over rigid adherence to any particular political ideology. Working together, there’s no limit to what we can do.”

i really, really want a viable third party. i feel sold out by the dems, the rethugs don't even enter into my thought process in any way as a means of good government. but i think the bottom line is that publicly funded elections is really the only way to turn around this corrupt political process. without that, a whole raft of good people, thoughtful, intelligent, decent people, aren't going to be able to enter into the process simply for lack of funds. and as long as our elections are essentially funded by corporate interests, we've lost before the candidate is even elected.

June 20, 2007 9:19 AM  
Anonymous tater said...


June 20, 2007 9:27 AM  
Anonymous tater said...

Bloomberg's words have a nice ring to them, and I am glad someone is expressing this viewpoint, but I am with you. Real change will not happen until corporate and other special interest money is taken out of the equation.

June 20, 2007 9:32 AM  
Blogger eric3000 said...

Apparently he only become a Republican a few years ago in order to run for mayor. (New Yorkers apparently ignore party affiliation when they vote for mayor so he thought getting the Republican nomination was his best chance.) He's pro business but other than that I don't think he has any association with the Republican party.

I'm worried that he might take liberal votes from the Democratic candidate if he runs. But it's possible his pro-business stance could win him the vote of some conservatives. It would definitely be interesting to have a viable independent candidate.

June 20, 2007 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Big Fella said...

I can see it now, Bloomie as president, Ahnold as vp, Jessie Ventura can run for congress and become speaker of the house...

June 21, 2007 1:25 AM  

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