Earlier, Bruno wondered whether Bloomberg would run for President. I think it’s unlikely — not only for the reasons from before Iowa (his message — whatever that is — would be unappealing to the mass of voters, etc. — i.e., “nonpartisanship” is not a platform, not even close to Perot’s populist platform, and Perot only got 19 percent of the popular vote in 1992) but rather because as of today the emergence of Obama makes a third-party run difficult. See, for example, David Brooks:
Iowa won’t settle the race, but the rest of the primary season is going to be colored by the glow of this result. Whatever their political affiliations, Americans are going to feel good about the Obama victory, which is a story of youth, possibility and unity through diversity — the primordial themes of the American experience.
And Americans are not going to want to see this stopped. When an African-American man is leading a juggernaut to the White House, do you want to be the one to stand up and say No?
In other words, Bloomberg can’t run now . . .