ENDORSEMENTS DON’T impress me much, as you likely know by now. However, when an endorsement includes the resounding reason why one candidate likely won’t be elected, while both positing the “what if?” question before Election Day, as well as the dissatisfaction with the current Oval Office occupant, it’s worth noting. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg did just that in his endorsement yesterday.

If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him because, like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing.Mayor Michael Bloomberg

As for what might have happened if a prior version of Mitt Romney would have shown up, well, you’ll have to ask the wacky right wing base that question.

Because it’s more than likely a pro choice, climate change, pro health care Mitt Romney could have beaten President Obama.

However, that’s not reality.

Bloomberg also cited climate change, which Romney also used to believe in.

Mitt Romney, too, has a history of tackling climate change. As governor of Massachusetts, he signed on to a regional cap- and-trade plan designed to reduce carbon emissions 10 percent below 1990 levels. “The benefits (of that plan) will be long- lasting and enormous — benefits to our health, our economy, our quality of life, our very landscape. These are actions we can and must take now, if we are to have “˜no regrets’ when we transfer our temporary stewardship of this Earth to the next generation,” he wrote at the time.

He couldn’t have been more right. But since then, he has reversed course, abandoning the very cap-and-trade program he once supported. This issue is too important. We need determined leadership at the national level to move the nation and the world forward.

The Bloomberg endorsement is valuable for the problems it describes in both candidates, but particularly in reminding everyone of a Mitt Romney who would have taken it to Obama in a different way representing a type of Republican that only exists under the radar right now.

After President Obama is reelected maybe Republicans will re-access and decide to join the modern era. It could begin by Governor Chris Christie also joining in on the climate change club.

If the cost of Sandy doesn’t wake up Republicans on climate change nothing will.