When I asked Catsimatidis to explain what he meant, he said, "Ross Perot took 20 percent away from George Bush '41,' and we ended up with a Democratic president." He added, "Who do you think Carrion is going to hurt?"(1)
Whenever the national commentariat works itself into a lather over a supposedly egregious example of partisan gridlock, you can count on Michael Bloomberg to weigh in with a formulaic, attention-grabbing scolding of both parties’ leadership.
So it was that the independent-registered, rhetorically centrist mayor bemoaned the collapse of the deficit-reduction committee early last week as “a damning indictment of Washington’s inability to govern” and singled out President Obama for failing to “bring people together and to provide leadership in difficult situations.”
That his assessment didn’t exactly line up with reality is beside the point; Bloomberg was doing what he does best in these situations: posing as the only adult in American politics and encouraging the media to speculate about the possibility of a self-funded, independent presidential bid.