Oh, don’t poo-poo it — it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.
Just as our governor and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg grace the cover of Time magazine as political “soul mates,” Bloomberg announced yesterday he’s leaving the Republican party, fueling talk that he’ll run for president as an independent.
Bloomberg has sky-high approval ratings in his city-state of 8 million people; stupendous, worldwide name recognition both through his political career and his business; and perhaps as much as $1 billion of his personal fortune to spend on a presidential campaign.
Schwarzenegger — whose approval ratings aren’t as high as Bloomberg’s, but still pretty good and far better than the state Legislature’s — remains one of the nation’s (and the world’s) most recognizable political figures, and so could be a campaign-trail powerhouse for his “soul mate.” And, note that Bloomberg made his announcement during a campaign-style swing through California, in which he appeared with Schwarzenegger.
And while that pesky Constitution prevents Schwarzenegger — who’s not a natural-born citizen — from running for president himself, there’s nothing to keep him from a Cabinet appointment. Secretary of… what?