Michael Bloomberg's pollster, Douglas Schoen, who also worked for President Clinton, has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal laying out the reasoning for a Bloomberg presidential campaign:
Commentators have mistakenly characterized Mr. Bloomberg's mayoral tenure as exclusively focused on a relatively limited (but widely known) social and public health agenda, including laws to prevent gun violence and discourage smoking. They're missing the bigger picture. Over more than a decade in office Mr. Bloomberg governed with (and articulated) sensible alternatives on reforming taxes and government services, as well as revitalizing the economy. He kept New York safe from a terrorist attack for 12 years and stood firm with law enforcement to reduce crime by 32% and make it the safest big city in the nation.
A Bloomberg candidacy would make no effort to kowtow to the religious right or labor unions.
I see the logic here. That's not an endorsement, just an encouragement to Mr. Bloomberg to get in the race. It may be that the voter mood this year is so anti-establishment that he won't gain traction. But that would have to work against Hillary Clinton, too, if she is the Democratic nominee. The Schoen piece echoes the one I wrote earlier this week.