Tony Blankley on Bloomberg for President

If it is Rudy and Hillary, and now Bloomberg, we could be looking at a three-way race between three moderately liberal to leftist New Yorkers running for president in a right-of-center country with no even moderately conservative candidate.

I don’t agree with Tony about much, but I do agree that a three-way race between Guliani, Clinton or Obama, and Bloomberg would be a “three-party freak show.” Of course, he overlooks the fact that there will probably be dozens of candidates running, not just three.

You can read the entire editorial in Real Clear Politics. It is over a week old, but I just found it via Oval Office 2008

7 Responses to “Tony Blankley on Bloomberg for President”

  1. Richard Winger Says:

    It is misleading for this post to assume there will be “dozens” of candidates for president in the November 2008 election. There has never been a U.S. presidential election with more than 7 candidates who could theoretically have been elected. This statement about “dozens” of people running for president plays into the hands of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

    In 2004 there were only 5 individuals running for president in the general election who could theoretically been elected: Bush, Kerry, Nader, Badnark and Peroutka. 2004 was fairly typical in having five such candidates.

  2. Brad Winthrop Says:

    Five is still more than the three that Blankley mentions. Just because candidates do not have a theoretical chance of being elected doesn’t mean that they aren’t candidates or that people can’t vote for them. If Blankley somehow turns out to be right and Guliani, Clinton and Bloomberg turn out to be the only candidates who can possibly win, voters could and probably some probably would choose to vote for someone who will end up losing. I don’t see how this plays into the hands of the CPD. I would like to see all declared candidates in every debate. The more the merrier imo.

  3. Richard Winger Says:

    Even if one counts all the presidential candidates who were only on the ballot in just one state, there have never been more than 23 such individuals. In 2004 there were 16.

  4. Anthony Distler Says:

    We’re a right-to-center country? Even when 56% of Americans trust Democrats more the Republicans? No, I think we’re a right-to-center country in the eyes of right-to-center bloggers.

  5. Trent Hill Says:

    Distler,

    Compare us to Europe. Then say that.

  6. Anthony Distler Says:

    Well, yeah, compared to Europe, we are extremely conservatives. In fact, our conservatives would be considered reactionary in European standards.

    But we’re not as conservative as we were at the end of the ninties and beginning of the century. In fact, I think we’re more liberal now then we were back in the 80’s.

  7. PolitiChris Says:

    Interesting that he describes Bloomberg as a nosy, hectoring busybody. I can’t think of three words that might better describe Rudy Giuliani. Oh, unless one of those words is lunatic.

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