“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hillary and Rudy Slipping... Now Another New Yorker?

Bloomberg Teams with Nancy Reagan

Monday, November 12, 2007 12:17 PM

By: Newsmax Staff

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is meeting this week with Nancy Reagan and hosting a fundraiser for the Ronald Reagan Library — and political observers say the link between the two would be a boost for Bloomberg if he runs for president.

Ronald Reagan’s name is frequently invoked on the GOP campaign trail and Republican candidates sought to link themselves to his legacy during the first GOP debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., in May.

If Bloomberg does decide to run as an independent, “his only real chance of winning is to attract people from across the spectrum,” Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, told the New York Sun.

“This certainly is one way to get the attention of Republicans. There are going to be a certain number of Republicans disgruntled with the nominee, no matter who it is.”

Bloomberg left the Republican Party in June, sparking speculation that he was positioning himself for a presidential run as an independent.

Bloomberg and Nancy Reagan share an interest in stem cell research. Last year Bloomberg donated $100 million to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, much of which was earmarked to fund stem cell research, Reuters reported.

Nancy Reagan became a vocal proponent for the research after her husband developed Alzheimer’s disease, which is opposed by many conservatives.

Political consultant Joseph Mercurio told the Sun that Bloomberg’s meeting with the former first lady at his Manhattan townhouse and the Reagan Library fundraiser are part of a schedule that increasingly suggests he is eyeing a White House run.

He will speak Friday at a National League of Cities convention in New Orleans, and is planning a trip to the Bali in Indonesia to attend a U.N. summit on climate change in December.

Hosting the Reagan Library fundraiser and being photographed with Nancy Reagan, Mercurio said, “sounds like a very good thing to be doing if you are a presidential candidate.”

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  2. His only function would be as a spoiler, no doubt would like to do more damage to the GOP.
    Funny that liberals these days more and more resemble fascists in terms of dictating what, when, where, and how, people are allowed to conduct their lives. Can't even remember most of the absurd regulations put in place under Bloomberg, although Trans-Fats come to mind.

    Transgendered, good.

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  4. Nobody answered my question about if they were able to download that Michael Yon mp3 link or not, but I still need to no.
    Simple yes or no answer would suffice.

  5. No Doug, I couldn't get the mp3 clip and I have iIunes. Luckily I subscribe to Townhall talk Radio: Prager, Hewitt and Bennett. I got the Michael Yon interview automatically.

    BTW- The iTunes software is free and you can download and listen to podcasts on your computer or synch them to an mp3 player. For about $9, I bought a little FM transmitter which plugs into my iPod. I tune my car radio to a clear frequency and set the transmitter to that frequency. Voila.

    Info junkie...

  6. Yeah, I stocked up on a closeout ANALOG tuning fm transmitter years ago for $14/each I think. Then I find Sony analog tuning radios that I have around the house.
    ...and of course my fm walkman, so I'm "tuned in" wherever I go!

  7. did you try just right clicking to download w/o I-tunes?
    Thanks for the reply.
    Anybody else try
    "save target as" (mp3) ?

  8. I never listen to Hewitt in real time and never have a problem downloading from his site, but then I use a MAC.