Paul  Weyrich

Thanks to John Fund of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL we know for certain that Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York is seriously contemplating a run for the Presidency of the United States as an independent. Bloomberg wears the Republican label - on his sleeve, not on his forehead. Bloomberg became a Republican just in time for his filing to run for Mayor of New York City. He began his campaign, even after considerable paid media, with only 5% in the polls. Bloomberg crept steadily upward, due to preponderantly more paid media. Remember also that is Bloomberg's cable news/financial network you may have stumbled across for an explanation for why the Dow Jones Index gained 111 points on one day only to lose 86 points the very next day.

What put Bloomberg over the top was the endorsement about ten days before the election from the almost God-like Mayor of New York City. "Rudy" they shouted, even when Mrs. Giuliani held a press conference or appeared alone at a ceremony. Giuliani was the Nation's Mayor. After 9/11 2001 it was impossible not to see Rudy on television, both cable and the networks. He almost lived at NBC because of his many appearances on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC, each of which required separate interviews, and so on. He had approval ratings in the 90's. He was being unfaithful to his wife, even during those war-like times. The national media did the play by play. The more the Mayor was unfaithful the more popular he became. She was unreasonable, demanding custody of the children, so says the media. During this time, the media were demanding that both men release their tax returns. Both men did. No surprises in Rudy's case. But voters learned for the first time what vast wealth Bloomberg has. Surprisingly, in New York City it didn't hurt him at all. That is why this RINO could drop around $85 million to win with 58%. New York, like many other big cities and some states, has term limits. Whereas Rudy filled an open seat, he was able to stay in office far longer than Bloomberg will be able to. Plus Bloomberg is not as engaging a personality as Rudy. He raised taxes when during the last stages of the campaign he promised not to do so. He also made all of the bars and restaurants smoke free. Many who don't smoke resented that somewhat totalitarian-style move. He has been much softer with the unions than Rudy was.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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