Cory Leonard

Bloomberg Gets it Right, But in the Center

In politics on September 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I understand that moderates are losing out nationally to the Tea Party.  I also understand that anger at government spending and ineffectiveness on immigration, health care, Iraq, and Afghanistan is real.  But who else understands this — and can channel it into effective policy and productive outcomes?

In his first extensive interview with a newspaper in several years, Mr. Bloomberg outlined his plans, which will include raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for candidates and represent his greatest involvement in a national election since he entered public life a decade ago.

Mr. Bloomberg described the Tea Party movement as a fad, comparing it to the short-lived burst of support for Ross Perot in 1992. The mayor suggested that the fury it had unleashed was not a foundation for leadership.

“Look, people are angry,” he said. “Their anger is understandable. Washington isn’t working. Government seems to be paralyzed and unable to solve all of our problems.”

“Anger, however, is not a government strategy,” he said. “It’s not a way to govern.”

Mr. Bloomberg said he wanted to see more of the cooperation once displayed by Senators Orrin G. Hatch and Edward M. Kennedy.

He said that he would not have voted for either of them (“one because he’s too liberal for me, one because he’s too conservative for me”), but added, “These two guys who went into the Senate together and were the closest of personal friends for 40 years, they were everything that democracy says a senator should be.”

via Bloomberg Pushes Moderates in National Races – NYTimes.com.

I dare say Michael Bloomberg has hit his stride.  This is the right message at the right time and place.  Will it resonate?

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