I really don't believe Mayor Bloomberg is planning to run for president in '08, despite the speculation in The New York Times.
However, I think we'd be in for an interesting moment in this country if he did run. Consider his current high-profile anti-gun campaign: In order to show how crime guns get onto New York's streets, the city hired a firm of private investigators to go into five red states and demonstrate that certain dealers allow illegal straw purchases. The city is now suing a number of these dealers.
Now, think about that for a minute. Also, consider what else you know about Bloomberg. Now put it all together and imagine that a candidate for president in 2008 will be a billionaire Jew from New York City who can be classified as a "gun-grabber."
I think we've hit at least 10.5 on an awful lot of non-coastal Americans' Antichrist Richter scale.
This is not just a guy they'd vote against. For a lot of Americans, this is someone who was prophesied in the Book of Revelation. This is a guy they'd be checking for cloven hooves and horns.
And, y'know, Bloomberg might actually be a tolerable president. But in the unlikely event that he ever actually gets elected, be forewarned: it's McVeigh time. To the power of 1,000.