Last month, journalist John Heilemann envisioned a 2012 scenario in which New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg would make a third-party bid for the presidency. It went something like this:
One scenario, most likely if the economy suffers a double-dip recession, is that the nation would be so desperate for capable economic management that Bloomberg would be able to overcome his vulnerabilities—his short-Jewish-unmarried-plutocratness—and find himself deposited in the Oval Office.
Since Heilemann's cover story, Bloomberg's public and private statements have been surprisingly undiplomatic. On Friday, Bloomberg's media-mogul friend Rupert Murdoch revealed that the New York mayor isn't too fond of President Obama. In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, Murdoch recalled what Bloomberg said to him after playing a round of golf with the president at the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown .
Bloomberg, according to Murdoch, "came back and said 'I never met in my life such an arrogant man'."
On Saturday, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg lashed out against the newly-elected Republicans in Congress:
"If you look at the U.S., you look at who we're electing to Congress, to the Senate, they can't read," he said. "I'll bet you a bunch of these people don't have passports."