The defection is interesting in part because Rothkopf is a former Clintonite, having held the position of Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. Now, he says, he'd prefer to see a "three-way Obama/Biden vs. Romney/Pawlenty vs. Petraeus/Bloomberg election" in 2012. Here are the final lines of his exit soliloquy:
The system is broken. And since I can't rely on the people in power to fix it, all I can do individually is to try to reclaim my little piece of that power structure. I can say: "I won't be defined by old labels. You don't have a call on my vote. Come and get it. Come and win it. And while you're at it, please note that real alternatives will be welcomed sooner rather than later.