Bloomberg in the race

After weeks of speculation, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has entered the crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Oddly, some people might not be all that keen on rich New York businessmen jumping into the race. Can’t think why, there’s not been any recent history of such going wrong…..

24 thoughts on “Bloomberg in the race”

  1. He did a decent enough job as New York mayor didn’t he?

    Although I see he has started to apologise for good things he did in that role:

    Mr Bloomberg has also moved to head off hostility from black voters by apologising for the “stop and frisk” powers he gave police during his 12 years as mayor which, critics say, targeted African Americans disproportionately.

    I wonder, is this “hostility from black voters” really hostility from the usual race-baiting suspects? Surely, black Americans aren’t so stupid that they prefer their young men to be shot, rather than suffer the occasional pat-down?

  2. Interesting. Wall St is getting very excited about Mayor Bloomie, mainly because he isn’t Elizabeth Warren and he is ‘their guy’. Presumably he is standing as the “we’ve just twigged that Biden getting almost $1m from Ukraine for ‘lobbying’ means we’re screwed” candidate? But does he have enough heft outside the self obsessed Wall St bubble?

  3. As an American, I am not embarrassed by the Democrats’ parade of Star Wars Cantina Scene characters as candidates.

    I am embarrassed that 35% of the people will vote for whichever one is selected.

    Except for Tulsi Gabbard. She is a Leftard, but she isn’t bizarre like the rest. Hence the party hates her.

  4. Dennis, Political Savant

    The media – mostly based on the East Coast – are under the impression that Bloomberg is a man of substance and consequence. Those of us who don’t give a shit about NYC couldn’t care less about him. He couldn’t get the Republican nomination because he’s anti-gun and a climate change nutter. Democrats won’t trust him because he was a Republican and for a time was pro-law and order. Independents won’t trust him because he’s an officious twat who wants to regulate your intake of sugary drinks. Much like West Coast loon Tom Steyer, what we have in Mike Bloomberg is a billionaire with too much time and money on his hands. And much like Tom Steyer, he’s spend tens of millions of dollars in ads and poll at a very consistent 1%.

  5. Dennis, Political Savant

    Except for Tulsi Gabbard. She is a Leftard, but she isn’t bizarre like the rest. Hence the party hates her.

    Go to her website and read her policy positions. She’s as batshit crazy as the rest of them.

    The party hates because she’s batshit crazy in ways the party disapproves of.

  6. MC–Bloombog is a billionaire POS who thinks he should be able to tell people how much Coca Cola he should be able to drink at anyone time.

    The only broadcast worth watching from him would be watching several assailants beat the arrogance out of the arrogant bastard.

  7. “They” not “he”.

    If you want to improve the site get a 5 minute period of grace installed so mistakes can be altered. Tim.

  8. “Tulsi Gabbard … is a Leftard”: but, bless her, does not hew to the party line of all war all the time.

    Also she’s good-looking, but not so much so that you can guarantee that she’s always been spoiled.

    If Trump had any sense he’d choose her as his VP candidate.

  9. Michael Bloomberg is a Jewish midget.

    The Jew thing wouldn’t be a problem if he was a Republican, but a lot of Democrat client groups either don’t like Jews or would just see him as yet another rich white man, which they also don’t like.

    He doesn’t have the name recognition with black voters Joe Biden has, or the gay thing working for him with liberal hags like Pete Buttplug does, or the socialist credentials of Bernie Sanders.

    Being a dwarf queers the pitch entirely. Americans prefer their presidents to be big, strapping lads who they can imagine punching out terrorists on Air Force One.

    Obviously that was a bit of a stretch with Obama, but they could pretend he was a cool black guy like Wesley Snipes or something.

    Bloomberg is Michael Dukakis 2.0. There’s just no way Yank voters are going to back someone who looks like he stabbed Donald Sutherland in DON’T LOOK NOW. He’ll get the Lollipop Guild’s endorsement and that’s it.

  10. I wonder, is this “hostility from black voters” really hostility from the usual race-baiting suspects?

    It’s hard to say.

    There’s a truly shockingly high percentage of black fellas in jail in the US, though that’s because they commit crimes at such a prodigious rate. Black folks seem to simultaneously be aware of this (not many successful blacks choose to live in African American neighbourhoods) and yet resent the implications – it’s more satisfying to blame wypipo/the cops.

    My guess is black voters care less about lawn order than they do welfare goodies tho. (Autistic right wingers like to describe this as voting against their interests, but that’s bunk – cash in hand and a free Obamaphone is a tangible benefit, being promised rising GDP is not)

    If you want to understand what African descended voters want, look to Africa. The Big Man with the big personality who doles out largesse to his posse tends to win. It’s like the clan chiefs of ancient Scotland, but in a dakishi and driving a Mercedes Benz.

    Bill Clinton was yugely popular with black voters because he was charismatic, gave them tangible reasons to elect him, and maintained his frame. He had a tough lawn order message for the benefit of white voters, but didn’t apologise for that and act like a liberal pussy when reaching out to the blacks.

    Remember when Bernie got podium-cucked at his own rally by a couple of screeching Black Lives Matter harpies? His passivity probably did him more harm with melanin enriched Americans than if he’d just slapped a ho or something.

  11. Dennis, Buzzword Master

    If Trump had any sense he’d choose her as his VP candidate.

    I don’t know what you’re smoking, I don’t approve of it, and I want some.

  12. As Twitter pointed out, this could result in a Democrat pretending to be a Republican running against a Republican pretending to be a Democrat. Only in the US.

  13. @Mr Ecks November 25, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    If you want to improve the site get a 5 minute period of grace installed so mistakes can be altered. Tim.

    +1

  14. @Dennis November 25, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    You may remember a few weeks I said similar to @dearieme’s
    “If Trump had any sense he’d choose her as his VP candidate”

    I guess I was swayed by DNC’s dislike of her. However, having looked at her website I see some good, but outweighed by the eco-loon and socialist policies

  15. Well we’ll find out who is voted to be President when those few hundred people entitled to vote on the matter get to do so. Electoral college, got to love them.
    Perhaps one day they’ll vote president from one party and vice president from the other. That will be interesting to see…

  16. Steve,

    “Being a dwarf queers the pitch entirely. Americans prefer their presidents to be big, strapping lads who they can imagine punching out terrorists on Air Force One.”

    I think a lot of people in this country don’t get this. The president isn’t like the prime minister of the UK. Sure, there’s a bit of political stuff, but they’re a mix of functionary and symbol. He’s the chief. They do many of the jobs that Queen Liz does, like handing out the medals, hosting dignitaries. It’s why the First Lady is a bigger deal than say, the PM’s wife.

  17. BoM4, They replaced George III with George Washington, a constitutional monarch with another with an improved constitution.

  18. Bloomberg – 2

    Michael Bloomberg‘s sickening suppression of his own journalists would shame even Putin, proves Trump is right about fake news

    In an astonishing e-mail to employees, Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Mickelthwait, revealed the information company wouldn’t ‘investigate’ Bloomberg, or any of his Democratic rivals.
    ‘We will continue our tradition of not investigating Mike (and his family and foundation),’ mentioned Mickelthwait, ‘and we will extend the same policy to his rivals in the Democratic primaries. We cannot treat Mike’s democratic opponents otherwise to him.’

    Nevertheless they will proceed to obsessively examine President Trump.

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