OK, Bloomer

Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of his primaries candidacy for the Democratic Party hasn’t electrified any particular voting bloc, possibly excepting the six Americans on Forbes’ list of Richest People In The World even more loaded than he is. The former New York City mayor has changed his affiliation so often he is not seen as a flag-bearer for any solid cause. That’s not always a negative thing, though. His competitors resent his bleak judgement of their electability, envy his wealth and fear he may cut through on the lectern-crowded challengers’ stage as the only non-extremist. He is being written off by many as a hypocritical plutocrat who won’t connect to the base, won’t coax middle-class voters away from President Trump and certainly won’t incite apostasy in the socialist congregations of Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.

I wouldn’t bet too much against him at this stage. Laughing off a New York outsider doesn’t seem wise. His advantages are twofold and formidable: financially, he makes the Kennedys look like the Cunninghams. Second: he will be attacked by his peculiar ensemble of, er, colleagues for several months. That’s the kind of advertising not even his money can buy.

The other thing about Bloomberg that’s raising eyebrows is his age – 77 . Not because it’s unusual but rather because it isn’t. America has suddenly become a gerontocracy. It may be the land of the free but its politics, post-Obama, has become the home of the aged. Let’s look at the most prominent slow movers and careful shakers: Nancy Pelosi is 79, Bernie Sanders 78, Joe Biden 77, Donald Trump 73, Hillary Clinton 72 and Elizabeth Warren 70.

Vice-President Mike Pence’s boyish 60 years is now roughly the age of those waiting their turn in the ante-rooms of American power. Lyndon Johnson was 60 when he retired. Harry Truman was just a year older than that when he bombed Hiroshima. Had he not been assassinated, John F. Kennedy would have left office after two terms at 51. While this phenomenon is more about the increasing efficacy of modern medicine than it is about blocking forty and fifty-somethings, it is changing the image of the nation. At a time when the end of America’s paramountcy in the world is being described – rightly or wrongly – as inevitable, its current leaders are way past their primes. Still, Bloomberg is fitter looking than Biden and Sanders. If it comes down to the Mandelbaums, that might work to his advantage as well.

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29 Responses to OK, Bloomer

  1. BorisG

    In my view, Bloomberg is Democrat voters’ the only rational answer to Trump. If they don’t take it, it’s their problem.

    And I agree he does not look 77.

  2. Bloomberg will never get black support and the Bernie bros will not turn out for him.
    Bloomberg has zero chance of beating DJT.

  3. Infidel Tiger

    In my view, Bloomberg is Democrat voters’ the only rational answer to Trump. If they don’t take it, it’s their problem.

    A billionaire, puritanical wowser who wants to ban everything except abortion.

    He may as well light a billion dollars on fire in Times Square.

  4. BorisG

    Bloomberg has zero chance of beating DJT.

    Certainly a better chance than Biden, sanders or any of the lunatic bunch in those debates.

    Bernie bros will not turn out for him.

    Depends how badly they hate trump. They may be wiser this time round. If not, they have only themselves to blame.

  5. Infidel Tiger

    Trump and Sanders are closer aligned than Sanders and Bloomberg.

    Bloomberg is an open borders loon and Sanders rejects that completely.

  6. mh

    I think Trump’s age is about right. President from age 70 to 78. He’s focused on the job, not getting ‘on the job’.

    Hillary is a similar age but she has a lot of health issues. As well as a lot of other issues.

  7. I wouldn’t bet too much against him at this stage. Laughing off a New York outsider doesn’t seem wise. His advantages are twofold and formidable: financially, he makes the Kennedys look like the Cunninghams. Second: he will be attacked by his peculiar ensemble of, er, colleagues for several months. That’s the kind of advertising not even his money can buy.

    Steyer failed to move the needle with a $50M spend. I don’t think Bloomberg can do much more, even with a tenfold budget. At least, I hope not. He would be a terrible president.

  8. BorisG

    He would be a terrible president.

    Do you prefer Trump?

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of his primaries candidacy for the Democratic Party hasn’t electrified any particular voting bloc

    FIFY.

    We’ve Got Some New Polls For Bloomberg’s Potential Campaign. They Aren’t Great. (15 Nov)

    Only 2 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire told Quinnipiac that they would “definitely vote” for Bloomberg, although an additional 37 percent did say they would “consider voting” for him. And in a Monmouth poll of Iowa, Bloomberg earned the support of less than 1 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers.

    Less than one percent in Iowa is an achievement.

    (And for M0nty:
    Steyer Scores Just One Vote in Poll: Campaign Update (29 Aug)

    Billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer got just a single vote for his presidential bid in a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday.

    That’s not much of a return on his investment after spending millions on TV and digital advertising in the seven weeks he’s been in the Democratic race.

    Steyer had the support of 0.24% of the 424 registered voters who said they plan to vote in the Democratic nominating contests, according to the nationwide poll of registered voters conducted Aug. 20-25.

    Clearly the climate emergency is resonating!)

  10. candy

    Pete Buttigieg ? He seems to fit the criteria for liberal voters.

  11. Infidel Tiger

    Pete Buttigieg ? He seems to fit the criteria for liberal voters.

    Angry white homo?

  12. Infidel Tiger

    Do you prefer Trump?

    Only a lunatic wouldn’t.

  13. BorisG

    Clearly the climate emergency is resonating!)

    Aren’t other Dem candidates equally paranoid about climate change ?

  14. BorisG

    Only a lunatic wouldn’t.

    I was asking Monty

  15. Infidel Tiger

    He’s a lunatic, but even Monty knows Trump is the best President in living memory.

  16. feelthebern

    Laughing off a New York outsider doesn’t seem wise.

    Bloomberg an outsider?
    Pretty sure all those Bilderberg meetings would say otherwise.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    Aren’t other Dem candidates equally paranoid about climate change ?

    Steyer is only about da climate crisis.

    Tom Steyer Tells Supporters That He Does Not ‘Want To Be President’ (25 Nov)

    Steyer launched his campaign focusing on two primary issues, defeating Trump and climate change.

    Which is weird since Trump is doing a good job, and nothing much unusual is happening climatewise.

  18. C.L.

    FIFY.

    It’s fine as it is, thanks.

  19. jupes

    A billionaire, puritanical wowser who wants to ban everything except abortion.

    Strange times we live in when someone now described as “moderate” would have been considered an absolute loon only a couple of decades ago.

  20. The BigBlueCat

    Reagan said of Mondale: “I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” At least Mondale had a good laugh as well.

    And I’m reminded of the old joke about the guy in his 90’s who was about to marry a 20 yo vivacious blond, and he was asked if he was concerned about having sex resulting in death … his response “well, if she dies, she dies”.

    Advanced age of a candidate shouldn’t matter. But let the voters decide.

  21. Infidel Tiger
    #3245336, posted on November 26, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    In my view, Bloomberg is Democrat voters’ the only rational answer to Trump. If they don’t take it, it’s their problem.

    A billionaire, puritanical wowser who wants to ban everything except abortion.

    He may as well light a billion dollars on fire in Times Square.

    Shag shag, shag some more:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_Foundation_Burn_a_Million_Quid

  22. Dr Fred Lenin

    As a respected Elder of the white male Australian tribe , Im all for older white men like Trump becomming President ,his business experience has stood him in good stead as President . As for Bloomberg hes probabluy mates with that bastard soros ,you know the guy who owned Hussein Obama , perhaps he is supporting Bloomberg to continue his wrecking of Western Civilisation .
    By the way any suggestions for our tribal welcome to Taxpayer Ceremony ? We will do ours for free at ALLpublic events . Standing at attention will be compulsory for ALL patrons during our ceremony .

  23. Tel

    Can’t he just buy votes the good old fashioned way?

    Andrew Yang has been doing it … Bloomberg could do a lot more of it.

    Bloomberg would make a middle of the road President, better than Elizabeth Warren, better than Joe Biden who should drop out now for both health and corruption reasons. Bloomberg would nod along with what the “Deep State” asked him to do and there would be no trouble. Bloomberg would ban some stuff, well that happens every year when the regulatory agencies feel a need to remind everyone how important they are so they ban a few things. Business likes stability … the economy would do OK under Bloomberg.

  24. Tel

    Bloomberg an outsider?
    Pretty sure all those Bilderberg meetings would say otherwise.

    Oh yeah … he’d fit right in with the Washington crowd … how about we ban this? Great! Let’s go it! And these things? People would really pay attention to our pathetic small minded department it we ban these things. Tell me where to sign.

    You wouldn’t be seeing any coup against Bloomberg … that’s for sure.

  25. BorisG

    I see from the comments neither right nor left really like Bloomberg. Which probably means he is a good middle of the road candidate. For the right, he is way better than their front runner Warren (in the unlikely event of Trump loss). For the left, sure he is not an ideal lunatic but at least the one with the best chances to beat Trump.

    As for outsider thing: not sure what people mean by that but he is not a career politician, and is not owned by any donors. And he understands a thing or two about economics. And public administration.

    The problem with Bloomberg is that he is late in the game. In my view, late by four years. And in this campaign, late by a few months. He will skip early states? By then the game may be over.

  26. I see from the comments neither right nor left really like Bloomberg. Which probably means he is a good middle of the road candidate.

    To win an election in a democracy, you need a constituency. He has none, apart from his fellow billionaires. Just because he is a centrist doesn’t mean he will get votes from the centre. There are so many reasons for voters to reject him, and not many to recommend him.

    “I’m just like Trump without the tweeting” is not good enough.

  27. BorisG

    Monty you haven’t yet answered my question: is Trump better for you ?

    And by the way people already voted for Bloomberg. 3 times. And not all of them billionaires.

    I know people have moved on and now prefer to vote for crazies on both sides. But surely some sanity must remain somewhere.

    At the end of the day Dems most likely will prefer to be pure than win, will nominate some crazy socialist like warren who has no chances of beating Trump, and will be happy for having done the right thing.

  28. To win an election in a democracy, you need a constituency. He has none, apart from his fellow billionaires.

    Oh, you mean like the 2004 Bush v Kerry election?

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