He’s running. If he wasn’t, this would be completely superfluous. He was spouting plenty of anti-Beltway boilerplate through his blowhole last night in Silicon Valley, too. A refresher for those who aren’t unfamiliar with him: the guy stands for nothing. He has no discernible principles aside from avoiding the limelight and trying not to screw anything up. As a governing philosophy, you can do far worse than that; as an organizing ethos for a messianic presidential campaign, it’s pathetically wanting. And I’m not just saying that as a resident of the neighborhood Mayor Mike sneered at last year when we were living in Third World conditions for a week thanks to the local power company’s incompetence. Memories are long, Bloomy; when a very minor crisis finally hit, you were awfully slow to act.
No matter. How he fares will depend largely on Iraq. If things go to hell and a good chunk of the GOP turns anti-war, they’ve got an easy target for their protest vote. If Petraeus can keep things under control and gin up a little optimism, B will end up playing Nader to Hillary’s Gore in some of the northeastern states. Welcome to the campaign.