Rich Galen

That leaves precisely three New Yorkers who are qualified and/or willing to run for President in 2008. As luck would have it, Rudy Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, and Mike Bloomberg all appear to be in the race.

All three could end up in the general election: Hillary as the Democrat; Giuliani as the Republican and Bloomberg as the Independent.

Mayor Bloomberg is listed (in the Forbes' list of billionaires on the planet) as number 142 with $5.5 billion of the 891 billionaires when that list was compiled.

If it is true that this campaign is going to cost the biggest spenders about $100 million over the two-year cycle, Bloomberg can run - constantly - until the year 2117. And that assumes he never earns another cent.

By then Bloomberg would be 175 years old, but there is no Constitutional upper limit on age.

This is just idle conjecture, as you know. Having three candidates from New York is just about as likely has having two guys from Tennessee facing each other in the general.

Oh! Wait a minute. Al Gore and Fred Thompson.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at