It seems that Hagel is telling any and all that with the emergence of John McCain as the Republican nominee, the odds of Bloomberg getting in the campaign have diminshed greatly — since McCain draws voters that Bloomberg would seek.
Hagel also, officially, tells that Bloomberg DID offer him the Vice Presidential gig if he ran.
(UPDATE: And Bloomberg now DENIES there was ever any such conversation!)
We always figured that Bloomberg’s best chance of getting in were if it was a Giuliani vs Hillary general election. (Why not add another New Yorker in, right?) At least the chances of Rudy have gone by the wayside.
And while one would think that disillusioned conservatives may still be looking for an alternative candidate, it’s unlikely that person would be Bloomberg. (In any case, if that’s what conservatives want to do, they can simply hand the race to the Democrat nominee.)
So, we all enjoyed this little foray that started at the Palm in DC. But the NYTs suggests that maybe we haven’t seen the last of Bloomberg.
And Chuck? You’d think he’ll be pushing hard for a spot in either administration that comes along…