Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has decided not to run for president on an independent ticket.
Over the last several months, many Americans have urged me to run for president as an independent, and some who don't like the current candidates have said it is my patriotic duty to do so. I appreciate their appeals, and I have given the question serious consideration. The deadline to answer it is now, because of ballot access requirements…
As the race stands now, with Republicans in charge of both Houses, there is a good chance that my candidacy could lead to the election of Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz. That is not a risk I can take in good conscience.
It's black comedy that Bloomberg thinks he was a viable candidate who would split the Democrat vote. Bloomberg is a moron masquerading as a self-aware political cynic, and every word of this op-ed rationalizes the fact that he'd have spent vast sums of money to peel a percent or two from other candidates, influencing nothing.