This morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited Senator Barack Obama for breakfast. They went to a diner in Midtown Manhattan, sat in the window, and chatted up education and homeland security. The press stood on the sidewalk, cameras whirring away.
If Bloomberg and Obama had really wanted to have a private talk, they would have gone behind closed doors at Gracie Mansion or at the apartment of a third party. Instead, they chose a joint in the center of New York and sat so the press could get a clear shot.
They didn't dine together for their health. This was a signal. It was a signal from Bloomberg to Obama's supporters that if Obama is the Democratic nominee, Bloomberg will not run for president. He will not stand in the way of this young, talented guy. He will defer.
But, if the morning after Super Tuesday, it looks like Hillary Clinton and Bloomberg's other nemesis, Rudy Giuliani, are their party's nominees, Bloomberg will run. That was the other signal.
That's what the Bloomberg-Obama breakfast was about. Eggs, scrambled, not over easy.