Plug up your emission emitters, melt your handguns and hide your Big Gulps!
After some very public Hamlet-ing Mike Bloomberg is done watching amateur politicians (and an amateur billionaire) trip over themselves trying to get into the White House, and he seems more ready than ever to start taking short, purposeful, confident strides towards the presidency.
In typical Bloomberg fashion, he gave an exclusive interview on his plans to the news outlet that would get the news out to the largest cross-section of American voters... The Financial Times.
Speaking to the Financial Times, the founder of the eponymous financial information group criticised the quality of the debate in the presidential race. He said that he was “looking at all the options” when asked whether he was considering putting his name forward.
“I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters,” Mr Bloomberg said in an interview, before adding that the US public deserved “a lot better”.
That's right, Michael Bloomberg - a prickly pro-environment, anti-gun New York City media baron whose mayoralty of NYC was considered by fans to be a fiscally responsible Nanny State - is looking at Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders polling way ahead in New Hampshire and thinking "Hey, I'm an electable moderate!"
But with Iowa and New Hampshire already done, even Bloomberg would need to get his act together pretty quickly...
Mr Bloomberg told the FT that he would need to start putting his name on ballots across the US at the beginning of March. “I’m listening to what candidates are saying and what the primary voters appear to be doing,” he said.
That's a heavy lift. How would one get right into the race this late in the game? If only he had some bucks and a news outlet lying around somewhere...
If Bloomberg does jump into this thing, he'd be the one candidate ready to defend Wall Street while simultaneously being the only candidate (yes, even you President Trump) who would run without any financial support from the financial sector.
Oh man, this is about to get good.