Bloomberg: How about Hillary for NYC mayor in 2013?

posted at 2:41 pm on December 4, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Hey, why not?  Hillary Clinton would be a shoe-in to win, and she’s going to be available to run very, very soon — although the exact timing might depend on whether Barack Obama appoints John Kerry or Susan Rice to replace her.  In fact, she’d probably get bipartisan support, since a four-year term as Bloomberg’s replacement would all but extinguish any chance of getting Hillary to run for President (via The Week):

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long struggled to imagine a successor with the combination of star power, experience and grit to fill his shoes.

But not long ago, he was struck by an inspiration: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the retiring secretary of state.

In a phone call confirmed by three people, Mr. Bloomberg encouraged Mrs. Clinton to consider entering the 2013 mayor’s race, trading international diplomacy for municipal management on the grandest scale. She would, he suggested, be a perfect fit.

Much about the call, which occurred some months ago, remains shrouded in mystery. But Mr. Bloomberg’s overture to the former first lady highlights the level of his anxiety about the current crop of candidates, his eagerness to recruit a replacement who can rival his stature and his determination to become a kingmaker in the political arena he will soon exit.

In Mrs. Clinton, it seems, a mayor known for his sometimes unsparing critiques of those in public life sees a globe-trotting problem solver like himself.

Unfortunately, the New York Times reports that Secretary Clinton isn’t terribly interested in serving as Bloomberg’s protege.  Or, perhaps, she might want to buy a Big Gulp in the next four years, a possibility which Bloomberg has all but precluded in the Big Apple during his third term as mayor.

Mostly, though, a campaign for mayor would interfere with Hillary’s two potential career tracks after her resignation as Secretary of State becomes official.  Rather than run a city, she might decide she wants to succeed Obama, and so far polling shows that to be a real possibility.  Salon’s Steve Kornacki wrote last week that potential contenders for the Democratic nomination might even clear the field for her if she chose to run, although that prediction didn’t come to pass in 2008 when it seemed more likely.  Regardless of whether she ran as Hillary Clinton Private Citizen or Mayor Hillary Clinton of New York City, it’s almost certain that she’d have to run against Andrew Cuomo, who’s currently governor of the state.

The other career track?  Kingmaker.  Bloomberg wants to play kingmaker in New York City, but Hillary and Bill could do the same on a national scale, if Hillary chose to stick to retirement.  Even Barack Obama had to go to the Clintons for help in 2012 to get past Mitt Romney.  The two of them would wield enormous influence on the open 2016 primary if they chose that kind of role, and at 69 years of age by the time of the 2016 election, Hillary might prefer that to two years of hard campaigning.


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Hurricane, and now Hillary? That’s cruelty.

Archivarix on December 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long struggled to imagine a successor with the combination of star power, experience and grit to fill his shoes.

Yes, I’m sure it is quite a struggle to imagine someone else doing the bang-up job he has. Only Obama can match this guy in hubris, it seems.

changer1701 on December 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Why not? She can’t screw up the city any more than Mikey already has.

GarandFan on December 4, 2012 at 2:46 PM

No Way !
She’d actually have to live there to be Mayor.
Not happening.

Jabberwock on December 4, 2012 at 2:46 PM

How about Bloomberg spend a lot more time helping out the folks in the city of New York first, and a lot less time acting like Obama.

Lots of homeless still from Sandy. Lots of houses without electricity, or drinking water, since Sandy. No garbage collection in huge swathes of the city since Sandy.

As for Hillary?

There is a special ring in Hades for the Hillary’s of the world.

Wish she’d go there. Now!

coldwarrior on December 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Corruption is the life blood of progressives.

darwin on December 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

If it keeps her out of the White House, I say you go girl!

ConservativeLA on December 4, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Let the recycling of the retreads continue.

JPeterman on December 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

She couldn’t be worse than Bloomy – he’s done all the important things. High taxes, nanny regulations, 2nd amendment abrogation.

One problem – it is WAY too small a job for such a historical figure. She’s literally a cross between Lincoln and Winnie Mandela.

Presidency or jail ftw.

CorporatePiggy on December 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Bloomberg has nothing to lose by recommending her for such a position, I mean in his warped mind lower popularity means you’re doing something right.

What I find more shocking is that he’s giving up on a fourth term as Mayor? Really??? Come on Bloomy, you hold the keys to ignoring the public will yet again… I mean all you accomplished could be swept away by someone in the right position who fondly remembs what it was like to drink a Big Gulp while eating a trans-fat hotdog with extra salt. You gotta stay in that position til either everyone flees the city or everyone forgets what life was like before your coup.

Ukiah on December 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Clinton/Judd 2016!

Curtiss on December 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

What’s her take on larger-than-16-ounce sodas and trans fats?

Bitter Clinger on December 4, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I want to see a mud wrestling competition for the NYC Mayoral candidacy between Hillary Clinton and David Geffen.

Lourdes on December 4, 2012 at 2:55 PM

NYC deserves nothing less.

Christien on December 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I want to see a mud wrestling competition for the NYC Mayoral candidacy between Hillary Clinton and David Geffen.

Lourdes on December 4, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Geffen: “Yeewwww, mud, it’s beneath me!”

Hillary: “Hahahaaha, David, it washes off!”

Lourdes on December 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long struggled to imagine a successor with the combination of star power, experience and grit to fill his shoes.

Since he’s a runt, filling his shoes can’t be hard.

And you gotta love the ego with which he sees himself. Star power? What a pant load.

Bitter Clinger on December 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Bloomberg: How about Hillary for NYC mayor in 2013

How about you eat Sh*t and Die?

ToddPA on December 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Hillary and Bloomberg – which one is more butch?

jake-the-goose on December 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long struggled to imagine a successor with the combination of star power, experience and grit to fill his shoes.

Since he’s a runt, filling his shoes can’t be hard.

And you gotta love the ego with which he sees himself. Star power? What a pant load.

Bitter Clinger on December 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

What “Bitter Clinger” said ^^.

Lourdes on December 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Who cares? There’s no hope for NYC anyway – so, why not?

Pork-Chop on December 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

What’s her take on larger-than-16-ounce sodas and trans fats?

Bitter Clinger on December 4, 2012 at 2:54 PM

She looks like soda can in clothes and she is transnational fat.

M240H on December 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Hillary Clinton would be a shoe-in to win, ….

Haven’t tawked to any Noo Yawkers lately, have you?

If she has Bloomie’s backing she’s toast. Whatever candidate bears his blessing will be doomed. We almost rid ourselves of him last time out, so anyone bearing his seal of approval will give us one last shot at that pompous diminutive schmuck.

TC@LeatherPenguin on December 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Swapping out one socialist for another. No change.

WordsMatter on December 4, 2012 at 3:12 PM

She’ll run for President and she’ll win.

hatecraft on December 4, 2012 at 3:12 PM

A skunk would be better than Bloomhilda, matriarch to the unwashed ignorant masses.

Sure, why not Hillary? If the smartest woman in history can’t fix NYC after Bloomie, who can?

Let it roll, let it happen!

Liam on December 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM

New York City deserves Shrillary.

LOL.

I love how these government jobs are so devoid of responsibility that absolutely anyone can do any of them. It would be hysterical if they didn’t have the coercive power of government behind them.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 4, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I still discount all the Hillary for “X” in 20xx stuff thinking she’s bolting for retirement and book writing…

Gingotts on December 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Who cares as long as she stays out there.

rplat on December 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM

What’s her take on larger-than-16-ounce sodas and trans fats?

Bitter Clinger on December 4, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Like a typical liberal, her takes are all she can get while telling everyone else they can’t have any.

Liam on December 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I am going to be so happy to see Bloomberg out of office.

CoffeeLover on December 4, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Uh, why should an incompetent SOS who faces an investigation about the atrocities that happened in Benghazi under her watch be considered for ANYTHING in the future? That these people would consider her for a post with the responsibility of watching after a major metropolis is downright insane. What’s wrong with these people for God’s sake? Next they’ll be saying Sandra Fluke is the perfect person for the job.

scalleywag on December 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Puffy Judd should become mayor of New York City. She has a fat face but she’s still better looking than Shrillary and Judd never made the US a laughing stock by not being able to get the whole machinery of the State dept to correctly translate one simple word into a language that we have had to eavesdrop and spy in for more than half a century, for a very public diplomatic entree that will live on long into the future as the most retarded act of diplomacy in history.

Shrillary: We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?

Lavrov: You got it wrong.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

What’s wrong with these people for God’s sake?

Everything.

Next they’ll be saying Sandra Fluke is the perfect person for the job.

Actually, she’ll be heading up the Sex Education Section of the Department of Education. Her credentials include ‘Intimate Relations With and Without Protection’ (a one-credit course in a liberal college she never attended but for which she’ll still have accreditation), and extra-curricular studies in ‘Abortion: How It Saves a Woman’s Future’.

Liam on December 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Mayor is not important enough… ask Rudy…

Khun Joe on December 4, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Sure why not.
NYC loves its fascist leftist Mayors.
Not sure what good that would do Huma and the Muslim Brotherhood though.

LegendHasIt on December 4, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Yep, Hillary would make an excellent choice. The city is not totally in the toilet yet.

Old eagle on December 4, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Not sure what good that would do Huma and the Muslim Brotherhood though.

LegendHasIt on December 4, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Seize Madison Square Gardens and the Empire State building under Eminent Domain.

The former can be the site of a mega-mosque, the later the first masjid skyscraper.

CorporatePiggy on December 4, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Bloomberg: How about Hillary for NYC mayor in 2013?

Is she still a huge Yankees fan?/

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 4, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Liam on December 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I saw something earlier about the queen of contraception “peddling her intimate relations” talking about how to “harness the power of activism and/or advocacy” and she couldn’t even raise more than $400. What a crock, she fits right in with the party of dumb.

scalleywag on December 4, 2012 at 4:15 PM

How about Hillary and Bloomberg get started on that moon colony.

Joey24007 on December 4, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long struggled to imagine a successor with the combination of star power, experience and grit to fill his shoes.

Lady Gaga? Kim Kardashian? Gallagher?

Whatta buffoon.

slickwillie2001 on December 4, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Won’t do it…mayors are held accountable, that is not a job she wants.

right2bright on December 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I would not be surprised to see the other Clinton to run for Mayor (20% chance). You might think of Mayor as a step down for him. I think he might like be Mayor of the “Capital of the World”.

purpleslog on December 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Oh…by “other” Clinton I did not mean George. I would love to see a George Clinton administration though.

purpleslog on December 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Clinton/Wiener 2016

Go Thunder Thighs. New York deserves you.

Robert Jensen on December 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Sure – she’d go after NYC and pass up an automatic shoo-in Presidency…………. The First Woman President – of the USSA.

Soorry NYC….

Hillary will be Clinton 45.
And yes, her VP will be the first Back Woman in higher office-
Susan Rice.

Clinton/Rice 2016 , and all that’s nice.

ugh.

FlaMurph on December 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Who gives a rat’s backside about that socialist enclave?

rplat on December 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Uh, why should an incompetent SOS who faces an investigation about the atrocities that happened in Benghazi under her watch be considered for ANYTHING in the future? That these people would consider her for a post with the responsibility of watching after a major metropolis is downright insane. What’s wrong with these people for God’s sake? Next they’ll be saying Sandra Fluke is the perfect person for the job.

scalleywag on December 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Because she’s a liberal, and liberals ALWAYS get what they want.

The Benghazi atrocities are criminal, bordering on treason by the Obama admin. Which means no one, NO ONE will get punished or reprimanded. It’s only a career resume enhancement.

The Dems will also draft Sandra Fluke for something like a Senate seat for the exact same reason they drafted Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren, and are doing so with Ashley Judd – they are developmentally disabled ideologues who will rubber stamp any Socialist legislation that comes their way, no muss, no fuss.

Myron Falwell on December 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

She’ll run for President and she’ll win.

hatecraft on December 4, 2012 at 3:12 PM

No.

Cory Booker runs and wins.

The Clintons will be irrelevant..

Bruno Strozek on December 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Hillary Clinton would be a shoe-in to win,

If true that alone says a lot. How many people live there and they can’t find someone from there.

BullShooterAsInElk on December 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I think her handling of the bimbo eruptions proves she has what it takes to manage a crisis.

Wigglesworth on December 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

…one generic misfit after the other!

KOOLAID2 on December 4, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Who gives a rat’s backside about that socialist enclave?

rplat on December 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I would be ever so happy if the entire city was engulfed and washed away next hurricane…It needs a cleansing of biblical proportions…

It is a cesspool…physically, mentally, economically and spiritually.

Tim Zank on December 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I would love to see a George Clinton administration though.

purpleslog on December 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Funky.

Indeed. :-)

coldwarrior on December 4, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Funny thing though…She’s probably more qualified than most people who’ve run for that office since Guiliani(?). Truth be told, the only reason Bloomberg keeps winning is that he’s been the LEAST LOATHSOME candidate on the ballot…Life long New Yorker speaking here.

Some of you conservatives out in San Francisco might understand what I’m talking about.

Tomolena1 on December 4, 2012 at 10:28 PM