This was not just any old idea, this was a grand idea. Grander than becoming the mayor of New York City. Grander, even, than becoming a billionaire. Bloomberg, once the richest politician in the United States, thought to himself, “Maybe I should just run this whole dang thing!”
The New York Times reported the news of Bloomberg’s possible campaign on Saturday:
Mr. Bloomberg, 73, has already taken concrete steps toward a possible campaign, and has indicated to friends and allies that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billion of his fortune on it, according to people briefed on his deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his plans. He has set a deadline for making a final decision in early March, the latest point at which advisers believe Mr. Bloomberg could enter the race and still qualify to appear as an independent candidate on the ballot in all 50 states.
Bloomberg will reportedly only run (on an independent ticket) if Hillary Clinton does not receive the Democratic presidential nomination, because he doesn’t feel he could beat her, reports the Times.
So now, we wait until March cometh, when we will know if Bloomberg will try to add the White House to his ever-expanding list of houses. Until then, we can all relax with a Big Gulp in our metal tubs and wait for it all to unfold.