For the last couple of election cycles, Michael Bloomberg has hosted the marquee party during the presidential nominating conventions. Many a reporter, while munching on the mayor's crudités, has been heard to remark that the conventions have become empty, newsless exercises–little more than an opportunity for rich dilettantes to impress the political classes with their shows of buffet-table largesse.
It turns out Bloomberg agrees.
“There isn’t any philosophy for a party,” the mayor told business leaders at a breakfast in midtown this morning hosted by Crain's New York Business. “When’s the last time you saw the platform for either party being trekked out and say, ‘Oh, we said three years ago at our convention this is what we stand for?’ Come on. Get serious. That’s something to give you to write about in the middle of a boring convention.”
The mayor, newly liberated from the Republican Party, is continuing to sound like a man who's determined to run for president next year on a platform of "a pox on both your houses."
“I don’t think that I disagree with what any national party stands for because I don’t think that either national party stands for anything,” Bloomberg said, drawing some applause and chuckles from the crowd.
The full speech is airing right now (at 11 a.m.) on WNYC.