The entire "middle" meme is a myth and Bloomberg et. al. no more represent the so called middle that the Republican party. A majority of Americans are to the left of the Democratic Party when it comes to economics and after the never ending wars of the Bush administration are probably more closely aligned to the Libertarian isolationists like Ron Paul when it comes to foreign Policy. Bloomberg represents neither of these views. And about that Partisan gridlock - Chris Bowers did a good job of taking that on.
"Gridlock in Washington" must only be a major problem for people who are so rich and powerful that they have to make-up problems in their lives. This is because, over the last five years, Democrats in Congress have only blocked the following pieces of legislation:This is about Bloomberg and about keeping a Democrat out of the White House.
Given that these are the only conservative pieces of legislation that Democrats in Congress have blocked in the past five years, one must assume that a "government of national unity" means a government that will confirmation 100% of all conservative judges, the destruction of social security, retroactive immunity of telecom companies, and the mass deportation of twelve million people. If this third-party did not favor these things, then there would be absolutely no need to form "a government of national unity." Those four things are the sum total of what Democrats in Congress have prevented Republicans from passing, and thus are the entirety of what Democrats have contributed to "gridlock in Washington." Every other reform has been blocked by Republicans.
- Three conservative judges (out of several dozen)
- Privatization of Social Security
- Retroactive immunity for telecom companies in the warrantless spying program.
- Legislation to deport millions of illegal aliens
It would be nice, for once, if the constant drumbeat from Aging Wealthy White Men for National Unity Under Billionaire Media Moguls (AWWMNUUBM for short) decrying polarization, the lack of bi-partisanship and gridlock in Washington would actually provide specifics on what legislation their hated polarization, partisanship and gridlock is blocking. Of course, they won't actually do that, because blaming national problems on vague, undefined concepts like "polarization" and "gridlock" is much easier than actually analyzing the contemporary political scene in America.
Glenn Greenwald reminds us that when it comes to foreign policy Bloomberg sounds like all the other neocon lunatics that are responsible for much of the polarization his group claims to be the answer to.