Friday, November 22, 2019

Will Bloomberg Be Able To Buy The Nomination?

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Yesterday, conservative billionaire Michael Bloomberg went from being a presidential candidate in Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee to being a candidate everywhere. Michael Scherer wrote in the Washington Post that "The filing, coming just eight months after Bloomberg ruled out a bid because he believed it would be too hard to win the Democratic nomination, reflects his view that the field of Democratic contenders was not well positioned to win next year and that a candidate with his experience, political moderation and deep pockets would have a better chance of defeating President Trump in a general election." (He's still playing coy and claiming he hasn't made top his mind yet.)

Today Politico reported that Bloomberg "has begun booking a huge quantity of TV ad time in media markets across the country... at least $10 for one week. Possibly way more... as soon as Monday... 'Bloomberg could spend more in one day than other presidential candidates spend in an entire campaign’s lifespan,' said Fernand Amandi, a Democratic consultant pollster who worked for President Obama’s campaigns. 'What makes the Bloomberg campaign budget so amazing is that there is no budget. Everything is attainable....We haven’t seen a presidential campaign like one that Michael Bloomberg could run.'"
Progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have said Bloomberg should spend his money helping other Democrats down-ballot, rather than make a late presidential run.

“Call me radical, but maybe instead of setting ablaze hundreds of millions of dollars on multiple plutocratic, long-shot, very-late presidential bids, we instead invest hundreds of millions into winning majorities of state legislatures across the United States?,” she said on Twitter earlier this month.
I've never voted for a Republican in my life and it's inconceivable that I ever would. Bloomberg hasn't just voted for Republicans, he's dumped immense sums of money into Republican campaigns, has run for office as a Republican and, worse of all, supports much of the Republican agenda. He is a conservative who finds it expedient total himself a Democrat these days. Bloomberg has put over $100,000,000 into his own Independence USA PAC. The PAC helped finance both Democrats and Republicans running for office, including almost $6,000,000 for extremist right-winger Pat Toomey (R-PA). He also sent significant money to the RNC, the Massachusetts Republican Party, the New Jersey Republican Party, the New York Republican Party, Republican politicians like Peter King, Dan Donovan, John McCain, Mark Kirk, Susan Collins, Orrin Hatch, Richard Lugar, John Sweeney, George Bush, Richard Shelby... and far right Democrats like Joe Lieberman, Marie Landrieu and Joe Crowley.
Bloomberg’s team has been moving swiftly over the past two weeks to rebuild a presidential campaign operation that was scuttled after he decided earlier this year not to run.

One of the world’s richest men, with a net worth estimated by Forbes to be $53 billion, Bloomberg is positioned to be a force to counter the candidates who emerge from the first four nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. In defiance of the traditional nominating calendar, Bloomberg has planned to skip those contests to spend heavily in states that will vote in March, including the 14 states including California and Texas that will award delegates on Super Tuesday.

As the other candidates focus on the early states, Bloomberg has looked at building his organization in more delegate-rich states while also spending $115 million or more on ads and voter registration efforts targeting Trump in states such as Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania that are likely to be crucial in the general election.

His bid would be built around his effectively bottomless pockets, since no presidential campaign has ever come close to spending the resources at Bloomberg’s disposal. His advisers expect to work without a preset budget or any outside fundraising efforts, a fact that will bar him from participation in the December party debates, which require candidates to meet a donor threshold.

Bloomberg’s longtime advertising strategist, Bill Knapp, has signed on to work on the campaign. Mitch Stewart, a senior field organizer for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, has been tapped to plan ground operations, marking an early decision to build an operation that reaches beyond television and digital advertising.

Stewart suggested that the strategy will build on relationships Bloomberg has already formed through his philanthropic efforts with mayors, environmentalists and gun-regulation activists, among others.

“Mike can uniquely build a robust infrastructure across the country, fueled by activists who have worked on issues with Mike for literally decades,” Stewart said.




Bloomberg, 77, is the financial backer of one of the largest standing grass-roots political efforts in the country to push for more gun regulation. His groups, Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action and the Everytown Survivor Network, boast hundreds of local groups with representation in every state. The groups made more than 100,000 phone calls and knocked on tens of thousands of doors this fall in Virginia to help elect Democrats in the state legislature, according to advisers.

“Our volunteers will come out and support him,” John Feinblatt, who oversees Bloomberg’s gun efforts, said when asked about a possible campaign. “As he travels around the country, you can expect them to show up.”

Bloomberg will also draw on extensive work funding mayoral efforts around the country. Benjamin, who was a prominent backer of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016, is an alumnus of a training program for mayors that Bloomberg funds with Harvard University.

Another likely co-chair of the campaign, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, has won competitive grants for his city from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

“I can’t tell you how many times I hear about people who want to vote for a Democratic nominee but they are afraid of a Democratic nominee being too far to the left,” Fischer said. “So his name comes up.” Both have endorsed Bloomberg’s presidential ambitions.

But Bloomberg’s campaign will face fierce early head winds from a party electorate that has shown skepticism in recent years toward self-funding candidates and those with close Wall Street ties. Born in Medford, Mass., to a family of modest means, Bloomberg made his money selling information technology to bankers, traders and others in the finance industry.

For much of his political career, he was a Republican, registering as an independent in 2007 and rejoining the Democratic Party in October 2018. As mayor of New York, he endorsed President George W. Bush’s reelection in a speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. In 2016, he spoke at the Democratic nominating convention with a speech warning of a Trump presidency.

He has a mixed history of handling sexual harassment cases at his company that could prove a liability in the #MeToo era and has long been a critic of public labor unions, a key Democratic constituency, when they refuse to renegotiate their pension plans or to weaken workplace protections for teachers in public schools.

Bloomberg has been critical of Democratic proposals for a Medicare-for-all system that would effectively end private insurance. He has publicly lobbied against Trump’s trade war with China, where his company does business, as a job-killing mistake. He has supported increases in income-tax rates for the wealthiest Americans but has dismissed as probably unconstitutional the proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for a wealth tax on the assets of billionaires such as himself.

“We need a healthy economy, and we shouldn’t be embarrassed about our system,” he said on a February visit to New Hampshire. “If you want to look at a system that’s noncapitalistic, just take a look at what was perhaps the wealthiest country in the world, and today, people are starving to death-- it’s called Venezuela.”

Bloomberg attempted to address his greatest vulnerability with the key Democratic demographic of black voters Sunday, when he apologized for the mayoral policy that allowed New York police to stop and frisk people simply for appearing suspicious. The policy disproportionately targeted black and Latino residents.




“Today, I want you to know that I realize back then, I was wrong,” Bloomberg said at a predominantly black megachurch in Brooklyn.

In recent years, Bloomberg has been one of the biggest donors to federal elections, to liberal groups such as Planned Parenthood and to an effort to close coal-fired power plants with the Sierra Club. He has also been a major backer of smoking-cessation efforts around the world. He will become the second Democratic billionaire in the race; another heavyweight donor, Tom Steyer, with a net worth estimated at less than $2 billion, joined the contest in July.

In 2016, Bloomberg pollster Doug Schoen produced projections that showed the former mayor with a clear shot at winning an electoral-college majority in a three-way contest against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Trump, largely by winning pluralities in swing states such as Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin and North Carolina. Schoen found a three-way contest with Trump and Clinton more difficult.

Ultimately, Bloomberg opted not to run for president on a third-party ticket in 2016, because he said he feared he would risk Trump’s election. In March, Bloomberg ruled out a separate campaign for the Democratic nomination because he said he was “clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field.”

But Bloomberg has long boasted of having a historically high tolerance for political risk. In an interview in November 2018, he recalled fondly the steep odds he faced when he was considering his first run for New York mayor, as a Republican.

“I said, ‘Can I win?’” Bloomberg recalled of a conversation he had with his pollster Schoen. “And he said, ‘No, no chance.’”

Schoen predicted Bloomberg would get only a third of the vote. But Bloomberg ran anyway, spending $74 million on a campaign that concluded shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He won with 50.3 percent of the vote.
As you probably know, Obama has been preparing to try to drag the Democratic Party away from bold progressivism and back towards the tired centrism that led directly to Trump's ascendency. Obama had hoped to sit on the sidelines during the primaries but he's worried that the progressive candidates are doing better than the corporatists. David Axelrod: "What’s happening is he’s seeing the campaign move to a different stage, and he’s reacting to it. He sees himself as a ref, not a player. What he’s saying is, 'Hey, let’s not put so much passion into the intramurals that we forget to show up for the actual game.'" He's taken to referring to items from the progressive agenda as "crazy stuff."


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10 Comments:

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't need to read this. The democrap party has had the 'For Sale' sign out since Reagan lunched Carter in '80. So, yeah, he COULD buy it. I still think the "media" will favor biden (or mckinsey pete as a backup) and they will do their all to influence American media consumers (morons) who vote, but they won't turn down several million in ad buys (money is money, after all). Already seeing tom steyer's ads. American morons who are too stupid and/or lazy to check out who steyer really is might buy the snake oil. They bought trump, after all. And he was NOT a spectre -- we knew he is a moron, malignant narcissist and a sociopath already.

The DNC has the fix in, but they still need to maintain some semblance of optics. If they are too obvious, they run the risk of even their low-potential base recognizing a rigged outcome and react by staying home for the general. The DNC and its donors probably would definitely prefer Bloomberg to either Bernie or Elizabeth. If Bloomberg dropped a billion into the DNC's basket, they'd love him.

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger Ten Bears said...

I'm seeing the very real possibility of another write-in None of the Above ...

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that nobody else was 'uncomfortable' with AOC (our HERO?) wishing that Bloomberg, instead of buying the democrap nom for president, BUY STATE LEGISLATURES (for democraps presumably)!!

fundamentalist neoliberalism. everything is for sale. period.

fucking shithole!

 
At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1:25 pm

More wisdom from the nitwit who considers Obama to be the second-worst President of all time after Trump with both of them (obviously) ahead of Dubya Bush. Several hundred thousand Iraqis would like a word with you, but they can't talk on account of BEING DEAD.

Anyone who thinks a competent corporate/status quo dullard like Obama belongs at the top of that list is clearly deranged. Obama may suck bad, but worse than Reagan and Bush Jr.? No, not unless the person compiling the rankings is a blithering moron.

You're really dialing up the "angry" in your posts lately. Must be tough, living among all these stupid idiots who nonetheless manage things that are completely outside your abilities (like intimate relationships with other human beings). If you get depressed this holiday season, don't hesitate to kill yourself. Believe me, you will not be missed.

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger Clif Brown said...

I don't think he has any chance of being president but his attempt to buy the office is testimony to how corrupt our election system is. And others with less to spend use the corrupt system but more indirectly than Bloomberg.

If you consider that the total wealth of the country is something we all share, it's outrageous that so much of it can be cornered and then spent on the whims of the 1%. Does anyone need more proof that capitalism must be regulated?

 
At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Bloomberg wins the nomination via purchasing it, we should end the farce of elections and let offices go to the highest bidder, with the funds being distributed to those who were once voters.

At least then We the People would get some benefit out of our corrupt system of governance.

 
At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howie Klein, please block the halfwit troll who doesn't even read your blog posts but launches brain dead drivel in every comments section, as he has done here at 1:25 PM.

 
At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an arrogant, self-licking, gotbucks this dwarf Bloomberg is!!! I would vote for Caligula's horse before I would vote for him. And I am not alone in this opinion. Another example of why None of the Above wins every presidential election.

 
At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is worse, the one who commits torture, aggressive war, trillions in finance fraud, repudiation of a quarter of the bill of rights... or the guy who coulda-shoulda undone all of that but refused so that his party could serve the money?

If we elect a guy to fix shit, and he refuses, HE is worse than the ones who did the original evil.

Of course, we should have UNelected that pos. But because of all the folks like you above, we did not.

and that is why this is a shithole.

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger Bil said...

2nd 4:10's Ano request Howie to delete troll.
"If you get depressed this holiday season, don't hesitate to kill yourself. Believe me, you will not be missed.".

Suicide Karma Basket coming round to get you 1:25 Ano. Get your affairs in order.

 

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