Mike Bloomberg’s entry into the 2020 Democratic presidential field is clearly the expression of a long-held, thwarted ambition. As early as 2007, the former mayor had woefully said that America was never going to elect a “short, divorced, Jewish billionaire” as commander in chief.
Imagine his consternation when Donald Trump — one of the less-wholesome members of the Manhattan rich guys’ club — seized the office through pure moxie. Bloomberg must have gnashed his teeth over Don’s victory, surely thinking that, by over-analyzing the situation, he had cost himself the seat that he was uniquely qualified for.
And there is no question that Bloomberg is qualified to be president — certainly more so than anyone else in the Democratic field. His leadership of New York City was one of the most successful mayoralties in modern American history, mostly because of his nonpartisan, “whatever-works” approach to management.
Bloomberg wisely continued the public-safety policies of his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani, boosting investment in data-driven law enforcement and expanding the use of proactive policing, ultimately driving the number of homicides below one per day for the first time in 50 years.
Seth Barron is associate editor of City Journal and director of the NYC Initiative at the Manhattan Institute.
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