The Bloomberg Delusion

There's room in the 2008 campaign for a successful third-party candidate. But the mayor of New York City isn't it

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To win, Bloomberg would need a popular issue ignored by the major parties

Michael Bloomberg is Felipe Lopez. Lopez, you may (or may not) remember, was one of the most hyped high school basketball stars ever. The 6-ft. 5-in. (1.96 m) guard from the Bronx graced the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED before even playing a college game. But at St. John's, he proved a bust. Lopez briefly made the pros, but he had little impact. Last season he played for the CBA's Albany Patroons.

Lopez's fame owed less to his talent than to his location: New York City. If you can make it there, the self-obsessed Big Apple media often assume, you can make...

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