The parade of drivel being referred to by media types as the "2016 Presidential Election" has felt at times like a terrible car crash: Objectively awful but inexorably compelling.
Both parties have given us a menagerie of partisan caricatures, making both primaries feel like boring political versions of the Star Wars cantina. But according to the most feared technocrat billionaire Jedi in the galaxy, this sh!t is not cute anymore.
Michael R. Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign in this year’s presidential race. His advisers and associates said he was galled by Donald J. Trump’s dominance of the Republican field, and troubled by Hillary Clinton’s stumbles and the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the Democratic side.
Way to go, Donald and Bernie. You pissed off uncle Mike, and now he's threatening to run for office again.
But is this about the extremists, or is it about Mike?
See, since he left City Hall at the beginning of 2014, El Bloombito has gone back to running his media empire while keeping toes in the gun control debate and deploying his policy ninjas from Bloomberg Associates. And so far, his post-mayoral life seems to be something of a mixed bag.
Bloomberg has had high-profile breakups with the younger "new media" types he found in the tower upon returning to Bloomberg News, and his commitment to his beloved terminals is facing serious backlash with Jamie Dimon, Brian Moynihan and certainly many others looking to wriggle free of Bloomberg's notoriously high fee agreements.
On the other hand, all the policy stuff seems to be going gangbusters.
What we're saying here is that maybe Mike doesn't love the media business anymore, and misses the days of being a perpetually cranky, yet begrudgingly respected politician. Plus, he's almost definitely sick of Bernie's anti-billionaire rants and increasingly terrified of President Trump's mere existence.
But if Bloomberg is positing his entire run on the notion that Hillary will fail to get the Democratic nomination, HRC is sending a clear message that Bloomberg should keep his powder dry:
She seized on comments from Mr. Bloomberg’s team that the former mayor would be less likely to run if she won the Democratic nomination.
“The way I read what he said is, if I didn’t get the nomination we might consider it,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
She added: “Well, I’m going to relieve him of that and get the nomination so he doesn’t have to” run.
While likelihood would seem to be in Hillary's favor, one can't help but picture Mike Bloomberg being too tempted to care after staring at the faces in the Presidential mix and thinking "I could really kick a little ass up in here."