Bloomberg: The Mark Warner Paradigm
By Bernie Quigley for The Free Market News Network 6/20/07
Mike Bloomberg is old school from the time when politics formed around
Interesting that he says today that he is no longer a Republican but did not yet declare himself to be an "Independent." His staff says he will not say what he’s going to do until February when the other two parties have declared their candidates.
If Bloomberg decides to make an independent run for the Presidency it could well awaken a permanent third party and one of the other parties will head to Palookaville. The conditions are perfect. The Republicans have at the moment the most to lose, as nominally this represents a division in the Republican Party, leaving the Religious Right and the Old South Republican wing to dangle. The loudest squawks have come from the torture buffs in the Republican nut-job wing.
But the Democrats have a lot to lose as well. They have made great strides gathering independents in ’06 and have brought a new face and a new beginning to Congress. But they have squandered the energy and already alienated the independents who brought them to the new Congress. Pundits say that new energy in the voting public could well go to Bloomberg. All those gains could now disappear.
Which is too bad. This dynamic new crowd of Democrats, which includes
If Bloomberg does go ahead with his new party his tag team will certainly include his
But Bloomberg’s theme isn’t his own, and post-partisanship isn’t
Warner invented Mike Bloomberg. He invented Arnold Schwarzenegger. His decision not to run for President left a big hole in Democratic politics.
Warner might have transformed contemporary Democratic politics. Harvard educated and Yankee-reared, he campaigned vigorously and joyfully at
In Warner's tenure as Governor,
As Governor of Virginia and as a Presidential candidate, Warner abandoned the politics of confrontation and established a new model, reaching across the isle to create working relationships with Republicans and ignoring ideology and issues-oriented strategies which often alienated mainstream voters and filled Republican ranks in the Old Dominion.
In an early foray into
It’s a management thing. The Democrats needed to understand. There is the essence of the new paradigm of what could have been the Democrats’ auspicious political future. When Warner dropped out of the Presidential race, the same management-based, bi-partisan political model was adopted here in
These are new ideas which are now awakening in the new century and leaving the hide-bound behind. It is good that
But they are not Schwarzenegger’s ideas. They are Mark Warner’s ideas. When
Now these ideas which were leading to a new Democratic awakening are entirely identified with Bloomberg and Arnold.
What happened? The Democrats’ dynamic new people and ideas were driven out by that destroyer of world; the middle-minded minions of the rank and file.
Bloomberg is a master. No one has ever changed the political landscape so dramatically by dropping so few crumbs. And the framing is brilliant: He is now making it crystal-clear that he will undoubtedly act, but he is giving the two parties time to shape up. He brings a decent and civil warning.
There is still time; the Democrats can still turn to their First Tier: Warner, Jim Webb, Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, Mike Easley of North Carolina, Wes Clark, Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, John Lynch of New Hampshire, Joe Sestak and others. But they have to look within themselves and ask what is it that compels them to send forth the middle and the middlin’ (Celine Dion?) when the best and the brightest are left on the sidelines.
The Democrats have to let go the current crowd and gather and spread in the South and Southwest and heartland as Warner and Wes Clark have done, as per the prognosis of Mudcat Saunders and Steve Jarding, in their book Foxes in the Henhouse. They need to move the headquarters of the Democratic Party away from