NY Daily News has the story, or, rather, traffics in the speculation (the “web of intrigue,” they call it, punny and appropriate): mike2008.com is online. Routes you to Michael Bloomberg’s personal web site/advertisement for himself. The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent’s people say they’re just trying to prevent web squatting. But fuel begat fire, and one wonders who might share the ticket with him. Arnold Schwarzenegger? Makes for good copy, but there is that tricky 12th Amendment (“But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States Too”).
The odds may be better for Chuck Hagel. He’s been openly critical of the Bush Administration’s handling of the war, there’s been talk about him as a candidate (from him), and he would lend even more gravitas, political and business credentials, and a war hero biography. Plus, National Journal dug up a 1996 campaign promise that he wouldn’t run for a third term, which would be in 2008. Plus, he’s from Nebraska.
The question, then, might be, who would run at the top of the ticket?