Bloomberg gives Obama instant economic credibility, exemplifies postpartisan partnerships, offers a deep resume, even deeper pockets, experience confronting terrorism and the ability to think big. The downside?
Let's be frank, some fraction of Americans would vote against any black-Jewish ticket. In a close election, that could hurt.
But the rewards far outweigh the risks. With a bold move, Obama could signal he really is a different kind of politician — and one who can win it all.
As one New York political heavyweight commented recently: No one wants to be the vice president ... until they're asked to be vice president.