Unity ’08 Wants Bloomberg
I found this tidbit in the latest story about Unity ’08 by Eleanor Clift…
The site is inviting ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œDream TeamÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? submissions, and the founders are briefing potential candidates. Among them: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s pro-gun control and pro-environment, and Nebraska GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel, an antiwar Republican. The founders donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t quite say it, but Bloomberg is the one theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re really after. He could inject big ideas into a policy debate that is already threatening to be overly careful and focus-grouped. It doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t hurt that heÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s a billionaire, and could fund a campaign out of his own pocket.
My question…who are the candidates being briefed besides those two?
And here’s an interesting sidenote about the idea of one of the mainstream candidates seeking the Unity ’08 nomination anyway…
Unity ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢08 is determined to get on the ballot in all 50 states. If that happens, the group will become a force for the other parties to reckon with. Bailey told NEWSWEEK that he could envision one of the two major-party nominees deciding to seek the Unity ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢08 nod rather than run against a third-party ticket. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œBut he or she would have to name a vice president from the opposition party,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? Bailey adds. That could prove a major stumbling block, of course. But Bailey sees it as an opportunity to also showcase cabinet choices that would be a mix of Republicans and Democrats.
Something tells me that the only candidate who could do this would be a Dem, and even then it would be hard as hell to get a Republican to play second fiddle…but you never know.
Of course, could Hagel capture the Unity ’08 nomination and attract a second tier Dem like Gravel to be his VP? Because if you go over to Gravel’s site, he’s in favor of abolishing the income tax and coming up with a national sales tax…an idea that could really excite independents.
In any event…Unity ’08 seems to still be hanging in there and making news. Good for them.