Michael Bloomberg Fills Nonexistent Prez Race Niche

Michael Bloomberg. Because he can afford it, that’s why.

CNN reports and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it:

Michael Bloomberg officially announced his late-entry Democratic presidential bid on Sunday, unveiling a campaign that the former New York mayor said will be squarely aimed at defeating President Donald Trump.

Bloomberg, in a letter explaining his candidacy on his campaign website, lays out a more moderate vision for the country and casts himself as “a doer and a problem solver — not a talker.”

“I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America. We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions,” Bloomberg wrote.

You see, gentle readers, former New York Mayor, Republican, Democrat, and always gazillionaire Michael Bloomberg has convinced himself that none of the dozen-plus Democratic candidates running for President can “beat Donald Trump!” It’s not a nice thing to say about your own party’s slate of nominees–not nice when you say it either, Michael Bennet–but much like Colorado’s dogged 1% campaigner, it’s less clear how Bloomberg offers anything to differentiate himself from the current pack. Moderates already have Joe Biden, liberals who don’t want Bernie Sanders‘ “socialist” calling card troubling their conscience have Elizabeth Warren–hell, even the pro-billionaire wing of the Democratic Party, presuming the existence of such a thing, has Tom Steyer with much stronger progressive bonafides.

Whether born of vanity or cluelessness, we don’t expect Bloomberg’s late entry into the Democratic primary to factor meaningfully. It’s just another lesson in how many smart, wealthy, well-connected people are out there who have absolutely zero political sense in or around them. Even worse, such figures invariably attract sycophantic yes men to their orbit who are willing to sign up for any fool’s errand if it means a reality-insulated paycheck. The end result is a noisy, expensive distraction. Bloomberg should aspire to a prouder legacy.

Hopefully he’ll at least acknowledge on a campaign stop that Colorado Springs has roads.

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  1. DENependent says:

    This is a case of, “Everyone else is doing it wrongly!”

    When a person has a bad idea it still seems brilliant in their head. Then someone else has much the same idea and says it out loud and a majority of people says, “What? That does not make sense.” People who do not like being corrected by external reality double down and decide the real problem is not the idea but how the other people are explaining the idea.

  2. 2Jung2Die says:

    Somewhere in a sweaty Amazon warehouse, consultants making a generous $15/hour are working long hours without breaks or benefits on the Bezos for Prez exploratory committee!

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Bloomberg’s rolling the dice on a brokered convention, and the hope that the Wall Street oligarchs and the save-us-from-teh-socialists baby-boomer establishment wing of the party holds enough sway . . .

    . . . he’s John Hickenlooper with serious bank.

    • Pseudonymous says:

      Never go full Hickenlooper

      I know there’s much more we can accomplish over the next two years, but only if we stay focused on the work and expand upon it. And the fact is: A national presidential campaign would limit my ability to do that.

      So as I’ve thought about a possible presidential campaign, the choice before me has become clear. Should I devote the next two years to talking about my ideas and record, knowing that I might never win the Democratic nomination? Or should I spend the next two years doubling down on the work that I am already leading and funding, and that I know can produce real and beneficial results for the country, right now?

      I’ve come to realize that I’m less interested in talking than doing. And I have concluded that, for now, the best way for me to help our country is by rolling up my sleeves and continuing to get work done.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        I keep fantasizing that the reason Bloomberg is jumping in is that it will allow nearly unlimited, focused, anti-Trump advertising and speaking.

        campaign has made more than $30 million in television advertising reservations to help introduce him as a candidate. … Bloomberg has also announced a $100 million ad campaign to criticize Trump in key battleground states and a $15 million voter registration effort in those same places.”

        if he will continue the $1 to his campaign, $4 to anti-Trump and voter registration ratio all the way to the convention, it may not be a bad thing.

        Heck, it wouldn’t even be a bad thing if he became a VP candidate, allowing near unlimited personal spending to prop up the ticket. Once elected, he could be an excellent organizer to revitalize the Federal government workforce to overcome the 4 years of Trumpian attacks.  

  4. kwtree says:

    If Bloomberg does fund anti-Trump ads and pro-voter reg campaigns, that would be a great use of his personal wealth. 

    But neither Warren nor Sanders would want him as Veep nominee- Bloomberg’s whole reason for running is to counter their perceived “socialist” wealth tax, Medicare for All agendas. 

    if Biden somehow coasts through his gaffestorms to become the nominee, a Biden-Bloomberg ticket would be deeply yawn worthy. 

    • JohnInDenver says:

      I keep having a hard time seeing Biden or Sanders as the eventual candidate.  Neither has been able to expand on (or fully keep) the initial support at the announcement of their campaign. I have a hard time seeing a sudden burst of support from any voters who currently DON'T know the candidates. 

      Warren would not run with him (and really has no reason to).  Buttigieg would probably need a Washington insider more than money.  But Klobuchar? Harris? Their middling donations thus far may need to be significantly shored up, and I don't think either of them would be insulted by Bloomberg's current fascination with guns and climate.  And his "stop and frisk" is in some ways no worse than their records as prosecutors.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      On this one, kiwi, I find myself in agreement with you….

      Sanders would never even consider Bloomberg and although Warren might consider it for a nano-second, she would realize that it would destroy her credibility with the left without gaining anything in the middle. (Bloomberg would probably decline the invitation all the same.)

      Biden-Bloomberg is definitely a non-starter. Given the facts that both are white males with a combined age approaching 160 years, that gets them nowhere.

      I do like the idea of Bloomberg staying in the race until the convention and spending $9.00 trashing Trump for every $1.00 spent promoting himself.

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