Douglas Schoen, Michael Bloomberg's pollster, is out with an essay in today's WSJ titled, Why Mike Bloomberg Can Win: Record numbers of voters are independents—who won’t be satisfied with Clinton, Trump or Cruz.
Who is appealing to the center? Most Americans, the new silent majority, do not share the aims of the activist caucusgoers. The share of voters who identify as independents hit 43% last year, a new record according to Gallup. Only 26% were Republicans and 30% Democrats. Moreover, 60% of Americans told Gallup in September that the Republicans and Democrats “do such a poor job” representing them that they want to see a third major party emerge. That’s up from 40% when the question was first asked in 2003.
Who fits the bill? Michael Bloomberg, a centrist with a clear (and arguably unique) record in business as an entrepreneur and in politics as a three-term mayor of New York.
Bloomberg a centrist? Well, I guess maybe, when he is compared against Stalin. Mussolini and Mao, but I don't think they even thought about regulating sugary drinks.
It is real scary but it looks mor and more like Bloomberg will enter the race,
As America becomes more polarized, the desire grows for a candidate in the center focused on building consensus and getting results. This is the hidden message of Monday’s caucuses, the one that Mr. Bloomberg is contemplating as he considers a run for president.
The numbers bear this out: Shortly after the 2014 election a poll by this newspaper and NBC News showed that 63% of Americans favored compromise, not confrontation, to achieve policy goals. A majority, 52%, wanted the government to do more problem-solving. These attitudes suggest a constituency for a candidate who eschews partisanship and produces results. That’s exactly what Mr. Bloomberg did in New York, and what he has advocated for 10 years in speeches on reforming the political system and fixing Washington.Bloomberg is a very scary guy, the ultimate central planner. As I have written before, I would prefer even Bernie Sanders over Bloomberg.