Mayor Bloomberg’s favorite thing to do when asked whether he’s going to run for president in 2012 — which happens on perhaps a daily or even hourly basis — is to state the exact number of days he has left to be mayor and insist that he intends to be mayor for each of them. “I’ve committed to serving out the balance of my term, which is 1,142 days from today but who’s counting?” he told reporters on Monday. But nobody believes him. At least, nobody believes that Bloomberg isn’t paying close attention to the political environment and wouldn’t leave New York behind if he thought he could win. Maybe his viability as a presidential candidate would be determined by how well he could balance the ticket with his running mate.
That running mate might be former Republican congressman and current MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman reports today. Scarborough has been the target of presidential speculation before, because he’s a Republican but a generally moderate and rational one, a guy liberals even like. (He’s “the liberal’s favorite talk-show host,” according to a July 2008 New York story.) He’s obviously a good communicator, as well, and his lighthearted banter abilities are off the charts.