A Million Consultants Crying Out in Unison, and Suddenly Silenced.

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Via Ben Smith, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets Shermanesque:

"I'm not going to run for president, period," he said. "End of story."

Replied Couric: "Ever?"

"I think at my age ever is the easy thing to say," Bloomberg, who is 68, responded with a laugh.

What about all the Mark Penns and Joe Trippis of the world, who make their money convincing self-funding vanity candidates to run (c.f. Jeff Greene) so they can make off with hefty fees? What about all the third-party hopefuls who want to push a center-left agenda without associating with the actual left? Where will they go? Lincoln Chaffee, the nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

-- Tim Fernholz

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