Maybe It Is Bratton
In the meantime, speculation abounds on how the withdrawal of the Bernard Kerik nomination and its aftermath may have inflicted a serious body politic blow to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and any hopes he had for higher office. Indeed, in attempting damage control, Rudy has "spanked" Bernie (no not Bitter Bernie). Back home in New York, the local press makes the case for Bratton.
Conventional wisdom says that a Bratton appointment serves Bush in three ways. One - Bratton is well regarded and certainly has the qualifications to take the job and do it well. Second - as we mentioned - his confirmation should sail through the Senate easily eliminating the need for Bush to spend any of his hard earned political "capital" and save that for other fights. Lastly, and a lovely side benefit for the President is through a Bratton appointment he gets to spank Rudy for putting him in the position he did. No doubtBratton would love the poetic justice of swiping a plum from the Giuliaini protege who followed Bratton after Rudy fired him.
Yes, Bratton is saying he does not want the position. But that statement does not preclude him from receiving the offer, and if anything positions him as not angling for the post. You don't want to be seen as too eager or lobbying for the job. After the treatment he and John Miller have received here in LA, they may very well want to go to D.C.