Former mayor of New York City and current Honorary Knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Michael Bloomberg will never be president of the United States.
Bloomberg was considering a presidential run as an independent on the Adults Table ticket—the Times reports that he had produced a video ad, hired attorneys to help him clear any ballot issues, and had vetted Admiral Mike Mullen as his VP. Bloomberg even had a slogan: “All Work and No Party.”
Alas, the billionaire crunched the numbers and determined he would not win.
In an article for his eponymous news organization, Bloomberg detailed his thinking:
In a three-way race, it’s unlikely any candidate would win a majority of electoral votes, and then the power to choose the president would be taken out of the hands of the American people and thrown to Congress. The fact is, even if I were to receive the most popular votes and the most electoral votes, victory would be highly unlikely, because most members of Congress would vote for their party’s nominee. Party loyalists in Congress -- not the American people or the Electoral College -- would determine the next president.
Bloomberg then goes on to describe the campaign of Donald Trump as “the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember,” and Senator Ted Cruz’s as “no less extreme” and “no less divisive.” He makes no mention of any of the other candidates.
“I am not ready to endorse any candidate, but I will continue urging all voters to reject divisive appeals and demanding that candidates offer intelligent, specific and realistic ideas for bridging divides, solving problems, and giving us the honest and capable government we deserve,” Bloomberg writes.
In other words: Hillary's got this.
From the Times:
Had both Mr. Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont appeared headed toward victory in the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries, Mr. Bloomberg was determined to run, according to his advisers, several of whom insisted on anonymity to speak candidly about confidential discussions.
But Mr. Bloomberg balked at the prospect of a race against Mr. Trump andHillary Clinton, who has established a dominant lead over Mr. Sanders on the Democratic side. In his column, Mr. Bloomberg said he could not in good conscience enter a race that could lead to a deadlock in the Electoral College — and to the election of Mr. Trump, or perhaps Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
Had he run, the Liberal Media may have brought up Bloomberg's obscene wealth ($41 billion), his refusal to disavow a racially biased and unconstitutional policing strategy that he championed, and the homelessness and affordable housing epidemics that exploded under his tenure. But now maybe he can just be Clinton's Treasury Secretary.