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This Election Needs Michael Bloomberg (Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle)

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

As you have doubtless read or seen, Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York, has put out the word that his minions are testing the waters for an independent candidacy. Bloomberg is supposedly the sensible moderate that the county needs, the one that political polarization has kept from the ballot of either party. But that's not an obstacle that a few billion dollars from the candidate's own fortune can't fix. Here's the problem. Bloomberg is center-right on economics and finance, and liberal on social issues and gun control. There is no clamoring for such a combination, except among fellow rich people. But if the Republicans nominate Trump, Bloomberg might capture a good slice of the moderate suburban vote -- even more so if Democrats choose Sanders. Don't we need just such a moderate? No, we don't.

Former Green Party Nominee Says Americans Are Ready For A Third-Party President

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

Americans may not have been ready in 2012 for an independent in the White House, but according to Jill Stein, who's exploring a 2016 run as a Green Pa...

Samantha Lachman

Most Independent Candidates Didn't Live Up To The Hype | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite high expectations heading into Tuesday's election, independent candidates did not upend most of the competitive Senate and guber...

The Electoral Purge: The Gravitational Pull That Pries Disaffected Voters Away From Electoral Alternatives and Back to the Two Major Political Parties

Rich Rubino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

It is sheer electoral brilliance that the two major parties, even at their low popularity watermarks, can manipulate the political system and convince the voters that they should not vote for anyone not associated with the two major political parties.

Richmond, California Mayor Occupies Wall Street

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
C. Robert Gibson

Formerly known as a Chevron company town, Richmond is home to one of the largest oil refineries in the Bay Area. But Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, who identifies with the Green Party, has been in office since 2010 and is already giving big banks and oil companies all they can handle in the way of opposition.

Bloomberg Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is -- But Will That Really Work?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Bloomberg has his work cut out for him if it's just an exercise in cutting checks. Few are brave enough to cross the aisle, even when there's a clear national or constituent imperative.

Why an Independent Presidential Candidate Can Succeed in 2012

Andrew S. Doctoroff | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Andrew S. Doctoroff

Our two-party system is buckling under the weight of its dysfunction. Exhausted by partisan gridlock, Americans are finally ready to embrace a centrist, pragmatic, independent candidate free from the demands of special interests and ideologues.

Early Summer 2012 and Americans Elect

Curtis Gans | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Curtis Gans

This time the conventional wisdom may turn out to be wrong, and the independent candidacies the Americans Elect online delegates select might win.

Bloomberg Hagel Ticket Unlikely As Mike Distances Himself

CBS News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The possibility of Sen. Chuck Hagel joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg on an independent presidential ticket seems to be dimming, with Bloomberg distanci...

Poll Shows Americans Aren't Looking For An Independent Candidate

UPI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Gallup Poll released Tuesday found a lack of desire among U.S. voters for a third-party presidential candidate. "The American public does not appea...

An Independent Bloomberg Would Be A Democrat On Policy

NY Times | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hundreds of miles from the hustings of New Hampshire lurks a possible presidential candidate who supports gay marriage, abortion rights and stricter r...

Bloomberg: Presidential Bid Was Media Fantasy

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday he never considered running for U.S. president and any suggestion he had was concocted by the press. ...