Needed: A Billionaire Candidate for President Who Shares the Views of a Washington Post Columnist

Writing in the Washington Post, Matt Miller wants a billionaire to run for president and “save the country.”

We already have two billionaires running for president. (OK, not really. Romney has a mere quarter of a billion bucks, and it’s Huntsman’s dad, not Huntsman himself, who’s the billionaire in that family.) And, according to all reports, NYC mayor Bloomberg would run for president in an instant if he thought he’d have a chance of winning.

So we should amend Miller’s article to say that he wants a billionaire presidential candidate who (a) shares the political views of a “senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and co-host of public radio’s “Left, Right, and Center” and (b) has a chance of winning. That shouldn’t be too hard to find, right?

Hey, I have an idea! MIller writes that that Thomas Friedman just wrote a book arguing that “the right independent candidacy could provide for our dysfunctional politics presents an unrivaled opportunity.” Friedman’s actually in a billionaire family himself, so why can’t Miller talk him into running? He could get even more campaign funds by trading in all those frequent flyer miles.

Alternatively, we could just cut out the middleman and just give Miller a billion dollars and a major party nomination directly. How bout it, Bill Gates? Pete Peterson? C’mon, it’s only a billion dollars. Just make the donation, you’ll never notice the difference. If Miller wins the election, he’ll do his best to make the contribution retroactively tax-deductible.

3 Responses to Needed: A Billionaire Candidate for President Who Shares the Views of a Washington Post Columnist

  1. dlw September 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    What a smart third party would do is game the system by registering their candidate in 3-4 competitive states and promising to likely endorse whichever major party candidate best publicly committed to their key idea(s) on the day before the election…

    dlw

  2. Sebastian September 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    dlw – nope, that wouldn’t work:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_inconsistency#In_game_theory
    the third party has no enforcement mechanism after the election.

  3. David September 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Do we know that Friedman’s family fortune is still worth billions? General Growth Properties filed for Chapter 11 in 2009, and, reportedly, the Bucksbaum trust dropped 97%.