Overheard: Romney would do a better job of running the country, says … Mike Bloomberg

posted at 6:41 pm on June 18, 2012 by Allahpundit

On the one hand, wasn’t this guy once touted as a possible successor to Geithner at Treasury? It’s hard to tell bona fide White House chatter sometimes from the sort of centrist-pundit wishcasting that’s forever imagining Bloomberg running for president as an indie or being named Obama’s chief of staff or whatever, but I was under the impression until now that he was fairly solidly pro-O. Which makes this, in a way, a sweet get.

On the other hand, do we really want the Soda Jerk’s endorsement? C’mon.

[D]uring casual conversations at charity event a few days ago, Mr. Bloomberg was far chattier — and candid — about the subject, according to three people who overheard him.

Mr. Bloomberg said that he believed Mr. Romney would probably be better at running the country than Mr. Obama, according to two guests.

But Mr. Bloomberg said he could not support Mr. Romney because he disagreed with him on so many social issues, these two people said. The mayor mentioned two such issues: abortion rights and gun control.

As a result, Mr. Bloomberg said, he intended to remain neutral, said one guest.

So it’s not a formal endorsement, just a through-the-grapevine vote of no confidence in The One. Too bad. Bloomy’s stamp of approval won’t move any votes directly outside of the No Labels membership list, but it would have been nice to have those aforementioned centrist pundits burbling for a few days about the symbolic significance of America’s most famous independent throwing in with the GOP this time. Can we get them to do that over this NYT piece instead? If we do, er, who’ll even notice?

Exit question: What exactly is Bloomberg’s problem with Obama? He’s actually more aggressive on tax hikes than The One himself, calling on Congress to let the Bush tax cuts lapse across the board in part because he resents O’s OWS-ish populism in singling out the rich. Is Slate right that this is a simple case of a liberal billionaire bristling at demagoguery aimed at Wall Street?


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So let’s just go right out and vote for him in November! The man telling you how big your soda can be can’t be wrong.

Dunedainn on June 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Kiss of death 32-ounce softdrink!

Valkyriepundit on June 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Geez…second look at Obama?

Kensington on June 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

The real question is….who would be better at running the “cheese puff” economy into the ground?

Mcguyver on June 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

mitt doesn’t need this nanny….he’s going to vote for dear leader anyways…

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Nanny Bloomberg is insane but he’s actually a solid administrator. I think he’s genuinely flabbergasted by Obama’s governance. Obama is not even trying to govern any more – he spends the entire time fundraising and campaigning. Even his policy initiatives, like the recent immigration one, are absolutely motivated by politics. I know a few Bloomberg types who strongly dislike this state of affairs.

joana on June 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

But isn’t Bloomberg a Republican, even if he is a RINO?

Paul-Cincy on June 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Is Slate right that this is a simple case of a liberal billionaire bristling at demagoguery aimed at Wall Street?

Quite the contrary. Mikey is looking out for #1. NYC excels at raping the rich via taxes to run the city. If Barry has his way, he hits the pockets of the rich first. Mikey doesn’t want to be in 2nd place begging for what’s left.

GarandFan on June 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Blooberg may be worse than Obama on the Douche scale. His informal endorsement is no feather in Mitt’s cap.

Kataklysmic on June 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Obama is not even trying to govern any more – he spends the entire time fundraising and campaigning. Even his policy initiatives, like the recent immigration one, are absolutely motivated by politics.

joana on June 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I wonder if Obama can stagger over the finish line to Election Day. And by that I mean, can he continue to pretend that he’s governing, or will he give up all pretense, blaming others for his failure.

Paul-Cincy on June 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Paul-Cincy on June 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

hes an I

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

But isn’t Bloomberg a Republican, even if he is a RINO?

Paul-Cincy on June 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

No, he became an Independent a few years ago…

catquilt on June 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

mitt doesn’t need this nanny….he’s going to vote for dear leader anyways…

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Bloomberg’s an nanny and a crusader, but he’s not an idiot. No way in hell he’s voting for Barack. I think we’d be stunned by the number of liberals who won’t be voting for Barack this time around. The guy is just such a total loser. People don’t like losers.

Rational Thought on June 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

LOL Bloomberg trying to throw the election to the Marxist Obama.

bgibbs1000 on June 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Obama has gotta love Bloomturd and Slick Willie… LOL

By the way… post this and watch the hilarity ensue…

CHRISTIANS CAN’T VOTE DEMOCRAT

deedtrader on June 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Why would anyone think Obama could do a better job than anybody?
America lost their way last time.

CW on June 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Boo-Boo-berg’s ‘endorsement’ is nothing special…

No Cabinet Post for you!!

Khun Joe on June 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Rational Thought on June 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

*crossing fingers*

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

If I were Romney, I’d fire off a missive to Bloomers telling him to shove his endorsement in between Obama’s cheeks.

Key West Reader on June 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Bloomberg just likes Romney because he knows an anti-caffeine Mormon won’t be in the pocket of Big Soda.

Lawdawg86 on June 18, 2012 at 6:55 PM

People don’t like losers.

Rational Thought on June 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

And they loathe abusive losers. Like Obama.

Key West Reader on June 18, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Geez…second look at Obama?
Kensington on June 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Maybe… Just maybe my job here is done. Somehow I doubt it though. Anyway commence the childish attacks in 3,2,1 go..

Uppereastside on June 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

But Mr. Bloomberg said he could not support Mr. Romney because he disagreed with him on so many social issues, these two people said. The mayor mentioned two such issues: abortion rights and gun control.

right…this is it…as we careen into fiscal oblivion these guys will cling to their personal likes and dislikes…forever bitter that they can’t quite seem to get everyone on their side

abortion? sorry, if Roe is ever over turned (not in my lifetime) then it will go to the states. He’s talking fantasy land.

r keller on June 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Not really sure why a president’s views on abortion really matter any more. It’s not like a president can take office and declare abortions illegal.

ButterflyDragon on June 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Maybe… Just maybe my job here is done. Somehow I doubt it though. Anyway commence the childish attacks in 3,2,1 go..

Uppereastside on June 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Well when it boils down to the nitty gritty in the end? You know we’re right.

Pardon the pun.

You are now dismissed.

Key West Reader on June 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Well I sure am glad they don’t agree on gun control, if they agreed I’d have to vote independent …….. hey Bloomy come try to take mine…..

angrymike on June 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I think we’d be stunned by the number of liberals who won’t be voting for Barack this time around.

Rational Thought on June 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I agree. There are a lot of libs who are just gonna be too busy to make it to the polls on election day. They’re not afraid of Romney because he isn’t that conservative and they would rather have money in their pocket and play offense. After three years of defending this assclown, they have to be exhausted.

My guess is that blacks and the hard left show up for Barry but the rest of the Dem coalition pretty much phones it in.

Kataklysmic on June 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

this is cute…i always like Peanuts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xsvXbfnwSg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

american crossroads…keep it coming guys

r keller on June 18, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Bigger back side
Does that mean you’ll leave, never to return?????…….
But how would you get paid??????…..

angrymike on June 18, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Overheard: Romney would do a better job of running the country, says … Mike Bloomberg

…My pet hamster, lil’ OBOZO, would do a better job of running the country, says … EVERYBODY.

TeaPartyNation on June 18, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I think we’d be stunned by the number of liberals who won’t be voting for Barack this time around. The guy is just such a total loser. People don’t like losers.

Rational Thought on June 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

..indeed! There will be probably two types of Bradley Effect in force this November: those who vote against Obama but won’t say they will because of race and those who do likewise and won’t say so because of politics.

It could be the exact antithesis of the perfect storm that swept this piece of crap int office in 2008.

The War Planner on June 18, 2012 at 7:05 PM

childish attacks ….

Uppereastside on June 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

The irony.

CW on June 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Mr. Bloomberg said that he believed Mr. Romney would probably be better at running the country than Mr. Obama, according to two guests.
But Mr. Bloomberg said he could not support Mr. Romney because he disagreed with him on so many social issues, these two people said. The mayor mentioned two such issues: abortion rights and gun control.
As a result, Mr. Bloomberg said, he intended to remain neutral, said one guest.

Oh well…Romney wasn’t going to win New York anyway.

But the comment about Romney running the country better than Obama might resonate in places like Ohio, Virgina, and Florida, where gun control isn’t very popular.

Steve Z on June 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I’d call this another proxy gaff rather than an endorsement.

Count to 10 on June 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Is Slate right that this is a simple case of a liberal billionaire bristling at demagoguery aimed at Wall Street?

No, Bloomberg is simply stating the obvious. Obama is an amateur when it comes to managing. Romney is a very good manager.

There is a lot not to like about Romney. His political word means little. He has no principles. He has a craven lust for power. He has no problem in using ends justify the means tactics and some ask, does he have a spine.

However, he clearly is a a good manager.

john.frank on June 18, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I believe it was Bloomberg who said a year or two ago that Obama didn’t have leadership skills.

Wigglesworth on June 18, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I think it’s a simple case of the fairweather waffling billionaire hitching his wagon to who he thinks will win – and it ain’t Zero.

Things are getting interestinger among the moonbat set, that’s for sure. Rats jumping the sinking ship.

Philly on June 18, 2012 at 7:12 PM

to whom, sorry.

Philly on June 18, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Blooming Idiot disses Total Doofus.

profitsbeard on June 18, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Shucks. Romney missed the kiss of death endorsement by THAT MUCH.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 18, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Why would any successful Manhattan executive have any respect for Obama’s executive ability?

Seth Halpern on June 18, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Well I sure am glad they don’t agree on gun control, if they agreed I’d have to vote independent …….. hey Bloomy come try to take mine…..

angrymike on June 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Uhh….ahem.

Dunedainn on June 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

New York Nan is a long-time democrap… he briefly changed his status to “Republican” to get elected Mayor following Rudy’s success, but has always been left of RINO… (and always a tremendous douche)

phreshone on June 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Bloomberg and Michelle O. can go to Hades for controlling grown ups’ lives. Combust, spontaneously, from it alone, both of you.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Maybe… Just maybe my job here is done. Somehow I doubt it though. Anyway commence the childish attacks in 3,2,1 go..

Uppereastside on June 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

So you are being paid to disrupt threads by commenting here.

Allah, that is a banning offense on his part. Terms an conditions.

Bmore on June 18, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Bloomberg and Michelle O. can go to Hades for controlling grown ups’ lives. Combust, spontaneously, from it alone, both of you.

Schadenfreude on June 18, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Heh. They only think they control others. It makes them feel impotent.

sic

Key West Reader on June 18, 2012 at 7:43 PM

No, Bloomberg is simply stating the obvious. Obama is an amateur when it comes to managing. Romney is a very good manager.

There is a lot not to like about Romney. His political word means little. He has no principles. He has a craven lust for power. He has no problem in using ends justify the means tactics and some ask, does he have a spine.

However, he clearly is a a good manager.

john.frank on June 18, 2012 at 7:09 PM

You eloquently sum up my feelings.

“Managing” the existing behemoth ain’t enough; we need to put the Federal Whale on a strict, severe diet.

Liberty has diminished, debt has increased, debt reduces options, Liberty means Options.

Who is John Galt on June 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Maybe… Just maybe my job here is done. Somehow I doubt it though. Anyway commence the childish attacks in 3,2,1 go..

Uppereastside on June 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

So you are being paid to disrupt threads by commenting here.

Allah, that is a banning offense on his part. Terms an conditions.

Bmore on June 18, 2012 at 7:42 PM

BAN! We want to have conversations here, isn’t that why HotGas was created?

We’re swarmed by the Libs everywhere else…this is our refuge.

Who is John Galt on June 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Soda control and gun control cause guns kill people and sodas kill people, next up car control, motor cycle control, sharp objects control and Democrat control!

ConcealedKerry on June 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM

We’re swarmed by the Libs everywhere else…this is our refuge.

Who is John Galt on June 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I have never objected to liberals who seek to have an honest dialog. This particular commenter is not interested in dialog, but disruption. One need only have followed his evolution from his start here to see what his job is. He has lied on numerous occasions and cowars away from any defense of his assertions. He plays all the leftist hands continually, race baiting, homophobe accusation, class warfare, etc.

Bmore on June 18, 2012 at 8:01 PM

When sodas are outlawed only outlaws will have sodas.

Mason on June 18, 2012 at 8:14 PM

What exactly is Bloomberg’s problem with Obama?

Why would a wealthy, northeastern businessman-turned-technocrat Republican with a history of liberal governance think that Romney was better qualified to run the country? It’s like asking what’s the square root of a million. No one will ever know.

calbear on June 18, 2012 at 8:15 PM

childish attacks ….

Uppereastside on June 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

The irony.

CW on June 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

As a former resident of NYC, I understand that UES has been brainwashed since birth to accept mindless Liberalism. I think we should all have compassion for his ridiculous and illogically childish comments. We should see ourselves as Bloomberg sees himself, and for the good of UES, we should limit his life choices and comments on Hot Air to help him become a better person. Just like the thanks that the residents of NYC daily give to Nanny Bloomberg, UES will be grateful to us later for the deprogramming.

Gladtobehere on June 18, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Overheard: Romney would do a better job of running the country, says … Mike Bloomberg

…well!…NOW I’m worried!

KOOLAID2 on June 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM

No, Bloomberg is simply stating the obvious. Obama is an amateur when it comes to managing. Romney is a very good manager.

There is a lot not to like about Romney. His political word means little. He has no principles. He has a craven lust for power. He has no problem in using ends justify the means tactics and some ask, does he have a spine.

However, he clearly is a a good manager.

john.frank on June 18, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Romney isn’t the rigid ideologue for whom you pine but to say he has no principles and a craven lust for power requires a complete lack of decency and big gobs of idiocy. Congratulations. You have the emotional make up of a liberal.

Basilsbest on June 18, 2012 at 8:43 PM

But Mr. Bloomberg said he could not support Mr. Romney because he disagreed with him on so many social issues, these two people said. The mayor mentioned two such issues: abortion rights and gun control.

‘Cause who needs a well-run country, if you can’t do your moral preening thing on the social issues? Sheesh. Priorities, man, priorities!

smellthecoffee on June 18, 2012 at 8:54 PM

When you’ve lost Mike Bloomberg….

monalisa on June 18, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Makes no difference to me….I’m voting for Obamney.

dom89031 on June 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Makes no difference to me….I’m voting for Obamney.

dom89031 on June 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Good move, nice to have you on board.

Bmore on June 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Makes no difference to me….I’m voting for Obamney.

dom89031 on June 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Is that Obama/Chenney? I heard that Obama was going to do a reset by getting rid of Biden and moving towards the center.

Gladtobehere on June 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

He ain’t neutral anymore…

crazywater on June 18, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I’m waiting for Team Obama’s response. It will probably be something to the effect of “Bad Bloomie! No biscuit! Now get back in your kennel!”

Benedict Nelson on June 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM