The man can't seem to make up his mind
On December 18, the New York Sun reported that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was contacting prominent advertising consultants about a possible presidential run. On New Year's Eve, on ABC television, Bloomberg denied he would do it. On January 3, on the Today Show, he again denied it. Well, the Associated Press has a report, today, that suggests the good mayor may be, well, a liar:
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has quietly been polling and conducting a highly sophisticated voter analysis in all 50 states as he decides whether to launch an independent presidential bid, associates said Wednesday.
The exhaustive data collection started months ago, and when the review begins shortly, it will provide the data-obsessed billionaire businessman with the information he will use to decide whether to make a third-party run for the White House.
The scope of the research, details of which were revealed to The Associated Press, demonstrates how seriously Bloomberg is considering running for president despite his almost-daily denials that he isn't entering the race. The extensive coast-to-coast research effort shows that Bloomberg is willing to dig deep into his wallet simply to gauge his chances of winning and lining up the proper support network.
"They want a hard-headed sense of their chances," said Doug Schoen, who spearheaded Bloomberg's voter database efforts, known as microtargeting, for his two mayoral campaigns.
Bloomberg's spokesman Stu Loeser declined to comment.
Of course, this is the same guy who is trying to cast himself as some post-partisan moderate, despite having been, as documented by Media Matters and the Village Voice's Wayne Barrett, a strong backer of Bush. But money can buy a lot of short-term memory loss. As the New York Times reminded, also on New Year's Eve:
Advisers have said Mr. Bloomberg, a billionaire many times over, might invest as much as $1 billion of his own fortune (he spent about $160 million on his two mayoral races) on a presidential campaign.
Meanwhile, as I've previously linked, Glenn Greenwald has done a little research into Bloomberg's non-partisan moderation. And I'll close with the one question I keep asking: what has Bloomberg accomplished, as mayor of New York?