Doubtless plenty of Democrats are keen to fuel his ambitions to be President Bloomberg, though the prospect of a third-party right-wing candidate doesn’t seem to have noticeably lowered the Republicans’ Intrade odds yet.
Update, 24/6: According to Bob Herbert, my mistake was in focusing on Bloomberg’s party label:
As Chris Lehane, a Democratic political consultant, said this week in a reference to Mr. Bloomberg: â€œIf you closed your eyes and you were told that someone was pro-public education, pro-choice, pro-immigration rights, pro-gun control, pro-civil rights, pro-gay rights and pro-womenâ€™s rights â€” you would be pretty happy if you were a Democrat.â€
So whatever political banner he may be waving at any given time (heâ€™s now calling himself an independent), Mr. Bloomberg is a Democrat. If he runs for president, he is far more likely to take votes from the Democratic nominee than the Republican one.
Thatâ€™s why, for all the talk about the feuding between the Bloomberg and Giuliani camps, itâ€™s the leading Democratic candidates who are the most unhappy about the possibility of a Bloomberg candidacy. A number of individuals close to Bill and Hillary Clinton said this week that a Bloomberg presidential run would have an especially harmful effect on Mrs. Clintonâ€™s campaign, which, if anything, has been strengthening of late.