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Barack Obama's dream ticket: Mike Bloomberg for vice president
« on: February 28, 2008, 12:25:11 pm »

If he rides the wave all the way to the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama could do himself a huge favor by picking a prominent New Yorker to round out a dream ticket. No, not Hillary Clinton.

Think about this: Vice President of the United States Michael Bloomberg.

Between McCain's resurgence and Obama's rise, the stars failed to align for a Bloomberg third-party run, as he himself said last night. But 2008 could still deliver an election that breaks all molds. That's because Bloomberg is uniquely positioned to complement Obama's strengths and compensate for his weaknesses.

Here's how:

By giving Obama instant economic credibility.

America's financial house is in real trouble and the economy is teetering on the edge of recession. The banking system is in gridlock because of the subprime crisis and the failure of the financing mechanisms that propped up the housing market. Global competition is intensifying. The economy will be one of the most critical issues a new President will face.

Bloomberg grasps it all, from obscure investment vehicles to national monetary policy to world capital flows. And he can explain the complexities — along with the need for difficult action — in easily understood terms. Adding him to the Dem ticket would be like getting a Manning to run a complicated offense.

Obama can inspire; Bloomberg would inspire confidence.

By delivering a postpartisan partnership.

Obama has built much of his campaign on leading America past Washington's bitter, paralyzing partisanship. This is how Bloomberg has governed, albeit in a very liberal city, and it's precisely the message he has been delivering on the national stage.

Tapping a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent who has worked across party lines with civility would gutsily solidify Obama's crossover appeal. This is no small consideration given that — in stark contrast to John McCain — Obama hasn't managed to bring people together across the aisle to accomplish much of anything since he's been in Washington.

By giving the ticket a deep résumé and a claim to results.

Asked to tick off what he's accomplished, Obama, 46, leans on his time as a community organizer and bills in the Illinois legislature. While he has been remarkably able to energize and inspire supporters, he has never managed anything larger than his Senate office and this campaign.

In contrast, Bloomberg has walked the walk. At 66, he has enjoyed a successful Wall Street career; built one of the great media companies of the day, and, rather unbelievably for a billionaire, been one of New York City's most popular mayors. He has driven crime down, rebuilt neighborhoods, kept the streets clean, overhauled the schools — and more. New Yorkers are even living longer than they used to.

Didn't Daniel Estulin predicted this happening?
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