The story that’s all the talk today I’m not interested in. The Sarah Palin kerfuffle over her verbal slip on North Korea, which everyone is jumping on as some monumental gaffe. I just don’t hear that in the clip, so I’ll let others get all wee-wee’d up about it. Though I will note that John Kerry got scuttled for saying less, so Sarah should police her patter post haste, because she doesn’t have the foreign policy chops to make any mistakes at all. What I’m fascinated about comes complete with counter intuitive partnering.
It’s the group former Bushie Mark McKinnon talked about launching in December, the official date of the roll out and is called “No Labels.” Nancy Jacobson, the boffo Democratic fundraiser who’s married to Mark Penn, is partners with McKinnon.
An alliance of centrist Republicans and Democrats is seeking to organize a grassroots movement aimed at the “middle” of American politics, a political sphere depopulated by the midterm elections and a vital tool for any potential third-party presidential candidate.
The group, called “No Labels,” has drawn support from advisers to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the country’s most powerful independent politician, raising tantalizing questions about his national political ambitions. Mr. Bloomberg has been invited to attend the group’s Dec. 13 launch.
Political analysts see a potential Bloomberg bid if Washington’s divided government turns into gridlock, if the economy doesn’t improve, and if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and President Obama are the likely nominees. But so far, Mr. Bloomberg has said that he wouldn’t consider running in 2012. “I have the best job in the world,” he said.
No Labels is led by Democratic powerhouse fundraiser Nancy Jacobson and Republican strategist Mark McKinnon, who were introduced to each other by Kevin Sheekey, Mr. Bloomberg’s political adviser.
The group has raised more than $1 million to seed its effort against what it calls “hyper-partisanship.” Backers include co-chairman of Loews Corp. Andrew Tisch, Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich and ex-Facebook executive Dave Morin. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as well as U.S. senators Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, will attend the New York launch.[..]
Quoted in the article is one of Bloomberg’s “top advisers” saying “These efforts aren’t important; they’re invaluable,” referring to a possible Bloomberg run in ’12. Another quote comes from Howard Wolfson, speaking for Mayor Bloomberg who quoted quoted Fiorello La Guardia: “there’s no Democratic or Republican way to clean up the streets,” adding, “The same is true on a lot of other big issues, but partisan gamesmanship keeps the two parties from working together.”
I’m not very interested in “centrist” organizations, which don’t have a compass on policy accept to make deals. Obama’s done that and look what a mess it has been.
Maybe McKinnon and Jacobson, et al. hope to serve up non-partisan types who are more committed to real solutions instead of any deal in order to name it an accomplishment.
The whole thing sounds like the Non Screamers Club.
All that being true, I am for ripping the political entrenchment of the two party system to smithereens. The time is ripe.
Contrary to others I also don’t see Michael Bloomberg as any worse than Barack Obama. Right now, across the political spectrum, no matter who might run and win, better choices do not exist.