Friday, February 29, 2008

Those Draft Bloomberg people sure are angry!

Okay, I signed the Draft Bloomberg permission as First Name: Stupid and Last Name: Dumbass, just to see if they were paying attention. I didn't expect a letter like this! - logo

Dear Stupid,

Thanks for signing the Draft Bloomberg petition.

As I am sure you know by now, the Mayor has decided that he will not run. He has asked us to pass along these words to you:

"I have been greatly flattered and gratified by your encouragement, but as you know I have decided not to seek the presidency. If one of the remaining candidates chooses an independent and non-partisan course to meet the severe issues confronting the country, I will be fully engaged and supportive, and I hope you will be as well. Thank you for your confidence."

It is surprising to realize that it has been less than two months that the Draft Bloomberg effort first took shape even before the first vote was cast in the Iowa caucuses. The goal was simple: To enable the American people to have the option on the November 2008 ballot to vote for a candidate who would meet the enormous challenges in front of the country and change Washington's broken politics-as-usual forever.

Michael Bloomberg would have done that and could have won.

But an interesting thing has happened since then. The American people, sensing those challenges themselves, seem to be in the process of choosing the most likely candidates in their parties to do the same thing. A contest between Senators McCain and Obama would be transformational in itself; the small-time, bickering, schoolyard politics of Washington seems on the verge of change.

Your voice was one of the many demanding the change that is happening. That's the way the system works: What the people demand they get. And while a Bloomberg candidacy and presidency would have been an appropriate answer, thanks to you and millions like you there is still hope for transformational change in front of us.


Doug Bailey
Jerry Rafshoon


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