But really: who does Bloomberg want in 2013?

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The Times has a front-page story about some of the people Mayor Michael Bloomberg has at least teasingly approached about running for mayor in 2013.

The names include Chuck Schumer, Ed Rendell, Mort Zuckerman, Ed Skyler and, as previously reported, Hillary Clinton.

The point of the story isn't that any of them are actually considering running, which none of them seem even to have considered in any serious way. It is, rather, to challenge the "bedrock assumption that [Bloomberg] "and the muscular political operation that guided him to three electoral victories will coalesce around his favored candidate, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker."

But that assumption was always based on the idea that Bloomberg finds Quinn to be the best, or least worrisome, of his possible successors. His reported approach to the more fantastical candidates isn't inconsistent with that.

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Two men mentioned lower down in the story could also theoretically make a serious dent in Quinn's support from Bloomberg and that "muscular political operation": Joe Lhota, who is running as a Republican, and Ray Kelly, who isn't running, but whose "allies" still haven't given up on the idea of drafting him into the race.

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"Oh god the long lines of people begging Mort Zuckerman to run for mayor" — @BuzzFeedBen

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