What'll it take to make Mayor Michael Bloomberg run for President next year? According to a former adviser, candidates who are either very conservative (like Mitt Romey) or very liberal (like John Edwards) will make the infamous Democrat-turned-Republican consider putting his billions behind a presidential campaign. Esther Fuchs, who served during Bloomberg's first term, said Mayor Mike is "80% probable" to run. So, that's like all of him, except his head?

While some doubt either party will back extreme candidates, the NY Sun has a nice hypothesis about why keeping up presidential chatter is good for the Mayor: "It also helps keep him relevant during his second, and final, term as mayor." Last fall, a Quinnipiac poll showed that while New Yorkers liked Bloomberg more than ever with a 70% approval rating, only a third of them would vote for him if he ran for President.

And while Senator Barack Obama had a successful Manhattan fund-raiser on Friday, Democratic activists tell the Post that the Reverend Al Sharpton hates Obama. The source who supports Hillary Clinton says, "He's saying that Obama never did anything for the community, never worked with anybody from the community, that nobody knows the people around him, that he's a candidate driven by white leadership."

And a black activist tells the Post, "It's driving Al crazy that Obama is as impressive and popular as he is, and he's not happy about it. Sharpton is just terrified of being overshadowed by someone of Obama's class and character." Huh. Aren't they in two different leagues regardless, by virtue of Obama being a Senator and Sharpton being more of a community leader, though a very influential one? Anyway, Clinton probably wouldn't mind a Sharpton scuffle to distract Obama.