Blowing Hot Air: Third Party Run is DEM’s worst nightmare?
While perusing the HotAir website today, I noticed a column about a column Ed Morissey published in The Week. In it, he claims the following bull-huckey concluding sentence:
If we see a significant independent run for the White House next fall, it may well be the Democrats who have the most to fear from it.
He mentions Ron Paul and Sarah Palin, but if they ran it would hurt GOP nominees, not Obama. The only significant candidate he can think of is NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said:
“I’m not going to run for president. No way, no how. I’m not looking at the possibility of running…”
‘This president has to succeed. We all have an enormous amount of capital invested in his success. His success is the country’s success.”
According to Ed, Mayor Bloomberg is the next Ross Perot. Why? They’re both Independents, Millionaires, and could therefore run as a third party candidate. He claims that Mayor Bloomberg doing this would take away a good chunk of Obama’s constituency in NY, CT, PA, OH and other liberal New England/Rust Belt bastions. Too bad that’s just not going to happen because Mayor Bloomberg just likes Obama far too much. And for that matter, people who voted for Obama, are pretty solid in supporting him. As a Democratic Pollster was quoted in this article said:
There is one immutable fact about President Obama’s reelection chances: Nobody has a more solid 44 percent base than he does…
I really love to say it, but Ed, you’re just wrong.