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So, is Michael Bloomberg a “game changer” or is he actually just playing a game here?

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Put another way, is this a trial balloon or is he seeking to support Biden in his battle against the socialist candidates? 
 

Or, is he seeking to save the Democrats from their own worse impulses by highlighting moderate views against their socialists? 

 

Bloomberg has not officially declared that he’s running for president. However, leaking that he has sent some of his people down to Alabama to register him for the March primary there has tongues wagging all across the political spectrum. If he accomplishes nothing more, he certainly sucked all the oxygen out of the current discussion of the Democratic Party contest.

 

But what is Bloomberg really up to? 
 

Back in 2012, and again in 2015, my son did some work for Bloomberg‘s pollster researching  whether Bloomberg could be a viable candidate. In both instances, the data from my son as well as a range of others pollster sources, suggested that Bloomberg had very little national appeal, and would really only resonate in the urban centers on the coasts. The only interior exception was in Chicago. 

 

So have things really changed since that earlier work? I would argue that it has changed dramatically, but That nothing had changed about who Michael Bloomberg is nor what he represents.

 

So what is a foot here? I am going to make the argument that Bloomberg has not officially decided, which is why there’s been no formal announcement. What he’s done can fall into one of two categories.

 

First, this could be one giant trial balloon, launched to gauge reactions from the media as well as voters, that will inform his ultimate decision. As noted, it is impossible to avoid any news coverage today where the discussion does not open about Bloomberg, and be dominated by him for a good majority of any broadcast. And that’s not just on Fox News, it is across the political spectrum. So he is certainly achieved one goal which is to put the spotlight on him so that he so that his people can gauge the reactions of the public, media, political class and Dem Establishment donors. Wolfson, longtime advisor to Clintons, is likely behind this move by Bloomie. 

 

Second, what he has done is effectively come in and thrown down a gauntlet in front of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. They are particularly focusing their ire on billionaires as being the source of all evil, income and wealth inequity, and the funding source of their future spending plans. Ass we know, that have started to get under the skin of billionaires. Bill Gates this week basically called out Warren for saying that her plan is not only unmanageable but is not favored by even a progressive like himself.

 

So here comes Mike Bloomberg basically saying “billionaires strike back“ by hinting at even a possible challenge to Warren and Sanders. Of course, Warren being the snarky woman that she is, tweeted out the link to her billionaire tax calculator telling Bloomberg he can help by paying his fair share to fund her programs. Inputting Bloomberg’s $50+ billion dollar net worth, he would have to forfeit to the US government approximately $3 billion every year. That’s not income tax, that is net worth forfeiture.

 

So in doing this Bloomberg has forced Warren and Sanders to become even more vocal in their arguments against the creation of wealth and the wealthy. So what if Bloomberg decides not to run, or is not even serious at this point, what might he accomplish nonetheless?

 

I can make an argument, whether intended or not, that this entire episode is going to bolster Biden. Recall that Bloomberg has said he would not think about entering the race unless Biden faltered. We can certainly discuss how badly Biden is performing at this point, but he’s definitely faltering and in need some sort of catalyst to regain his lost momentum against the socialists. Whatever the outcome regarding Bloomberg being serious about his candidacy, is simply entering the fray at this point as he helps make the distinctions between the “moderate” Biden and the socialists more glaring.

 

Time will tell. 

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29 mins ago, tomkaz said:

suggested that Bloomberg had very little national appeal, and would really only resonate in the urban centers on the coasts. The only interior exception was in Chicago. 

 

I think that is largely true.  He is a sanctimonious prick, and as we've seen here in our very own SOL pg, they are not well liked nor do they garner leadership status.

 

That said, he could very well serve to draw the centrist non-extreme left back out and into the public discussion.

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Phauxcahontas sent him a message...

 

said "welcome to the race... here's a website link to visit so you can see how much billionaires like you will have to contribute under my economic plans"

 

Gotta love it... not just trying to win the Prezzie via envy, but trying to make Dim primary voters envious of other Dims.

 

Sweet

 

 

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31 mins ago, fish'nmagician said:

I wish he announced he was running 4 years ago,

as a Republican.

He would have gotten less than 1% of the vote.  Just as he is going to get less than 1% as a d.

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Hes out to get Granny Warren.  A few STUPID people with money and success are coming out against her.

 

Bill Gates, (Dickhead) said he is upset about her asset forfeiture ideas.  What Bill Idiot Gates doesnt seem to grasp is that its pinheads just like him that helped create the Hillary Clintons and Bloombergs and Granny Warrens and Squad whackos.  IDIOT

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News this morning came out and said he will fund his own campaign which will bar him from inclusion in the Democrat debates based on the rules. 

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17 mins ago, Dave S said:

News this morning came out and said he will fund his own campaign which will bar him from inclusion in the Democrat debates based on the rules. 

 

Running as a Democrat or as an Indep?   (I know, I should go look it up myself. )

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I don't think he's a game changer outside of NYC and other Limo Lib circles, zero chance IMO he connects with regular folks, or as @JohnP calls us, "deplorables."  He's not dynamic enough, low enery and the gun grab lobbying he's done for years will hurt him, IMHO of course.

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Wife was happy to hear the news, but outside of NYC, how well is he known?

 

Just can't see him as a contender in the heartland, a pity though, outside of his 2A views, he would be a decent President with enough bi-partisan support to  address the spending problem.

 

 

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45 mins ago, Dave S said:

News this morning came out and said he will fund his own campaign which will bar him from inclusion in the Democrat debates based on the rules. 

Oh, I missed that one. 
 

Then again, if he’s serious, he can buy as much airtime as he wants and broadcast issued oriented ads to bring voters up to speed in his positions. 
 

But that could get tedious quickly. 

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Trump just said he’d love nothing better than to run against “Little Michael”. 
 

And there is the linguistic killshot on Bloomberg, “Little Michael”. 
 

 

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3 mins ago, tomkaz said:

Oh, I missed that one. 
 

Then again, if he’s serious, he can buy as much airtime as he wants and broadcast issued oriented ads to bring voters up to speed in his positions. 
 

But that could get tedious quickly. 

Agree, he is not exactly Mr Personality, and unlike current President Rambunctious his would be a quiet Presidency, so much so that he could fall into the Perfectionist Trap by doing such a good job and quietly that people forget about you.

 

THE MSM would be the losers, they would have nothing to write about, and CNN would disappear as their writers would not know how to handle real news that doesnt mention Trump.

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1 min ago, tomkaz said:

Trump just said he’d love nothing better than to run against “Little Michael”. 
 

And there is the linguistic killshot on Bloomberg, “Little Michael”. 
 

 

Also known in some circles as Napoleon Bloomaparte.

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