The media must be bored already with their latest creation, former Governor Mike Huckabee. Poor Huckabee: just as he was getting accustomed to his newfound Brad Pitt-like status, he's becoming yesterday's newspaper. The press is dropping him like a hot potato in favor of the next Latest Thing:
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York.
Today's New York Post reports that Bloomberg's aides are quietly reaching out to old consultants to check their availability for next year, including the media guy who created his influential TV ads.
The media thought they'd have their hands full covering a past mayor of New York, but Rudy Giuliani seems to have stumbled badly, from which he's trying to recover. But for now, Rudy is---can you believe it?!----the dull mayor of New York. Bloomberg is now where it's at.
He's a media dream: fabulously rich (over $10 billion at last estimate), self-made (Horatio Alger!), single (but dating a smart and accomplished woman!), but divorced with two normal, well-adjusted daughters (Jenna and Barbara 2.0!).
He also has done something very few other public officials have been able to pull off: he runs the city the way he ran his business. Most successful businessmen have run for high office, thinking they could just translate business acumen into political savvy. Once there, however, they discovered that business (the profit motive) and politics (the vote-getting motive) were too different to be run the same way.
Bloomberg showed that it could be done. Will that ability translate to the presidency? Maybe. Polls show that most voters are fed up with politics on both sides of the aisle, so Bloomberg's "post-partisan" appeal might be wider than we know. The question is: when push comes to shove, will voters roll the dice on an outside-the-box guy? His support may be wide, but is it deep?