Trending this Tuesday
"El Bloombito 2016!!!!!" tweets Talking Points Memo's Catherine Thompson of the news that Michael Bloomberg is eyeing a 2016 run for the White House (at about 2,500+ shares currently). "On eve of primary where Sanders and Trump are favored to win, Bloomberg acknowledges thinking of running," observes NYT's Maggie Haberman. "It's happening. Maybe," summarizes Justin Ocean at (you guessed it) Bloomberg Pursuits. "Can Bloomberg just enter the 2016 race or leave already?" pleads Adrian Arizmendi at AJ+. And what was it that brought Bloomberg to this point? He called the "discourse" in the 2016 presidential race "an outrage and an insult to the voters." At the New York Daily News, Josh Greenman reacts, "There's a lot you can say about the level of debate in this election, but 'distressingly banal' is not one of them." Similarly, Texas Tribune's Evan Smith muses, "Yeah he’ll play well among the common people." Although Quartz's Steve LeVine is quick to point out, "If Bloomberg runs, it would be uncharacteristic of him to be last-minute as it would be now. So maybe in 2020."
Also trending in politics, NYT's resident conservative David Brooks just admitted he's going to miss Barack Obama. But here's why: "Obamas have not only displayed superior integrity, they've hired people w/high personal standards," Brooks argues. "So has @nytdavidbrooks been excommunicated from the GOP & the brotherhood of the center-right yet?" wonders freelance journalist Jill Lawrence. It won't help Obama get his latest budget passed by a Republican Congress, of course, but it's hard not to contrast Obama's calm with the anxiety of being Marco Rubio. "The n-n-nerves that made #Florida Man @marcorubio act like a robot on TV also responsible for rapid political rise," notes Craig Pittman at the Tampa Bay Times. He's talking about Rubio's habit of inexplicably repeating a scripted line word for word, by the way. "Rubio 2.0 still buggy, plz get the product team on this," jokes Timothy Burke with Deadspin. But don't even think about dressing up like a robot at a Rubio rally, or you'll end up manhandled by Team Marco. Also, that woman whose lewd comment was gleefully quoted by Trump offers equally lewd but positive commentary on Trump himself. Thankfully, we have The Onion to make up for the lack of recent Jeb Bush coverage.
And in today's edition of Florida man, this guy was charged with throwing an alligator into a Wendy’s. Need we add anything to that?