Biden Campaign Adds 13 Staffers in Texas

Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign, flush with cash and lifted by polls that show that Texas is essentially tied, is hiring on 13 more staff members. http://www.texastribune.org/… The Democratic nominee’s latest hires, shared first with The Texas Tribune, include several experienced Democratic operatives from the state. They include Dallas Jones, a Houston political consultant who will serve…

Uh, Bernie Bros and the OK Bloomers?

Chest thumpers and embarrassing belligerents are how the followers of Bernie Sanders are being described.  The Michael Bloomberg crowd who I suppose are Bloomers, who find themselves in the unenviable position of defending a billionaire and racist policies, instead of his politics, face off in a debate tonight. Predictably, the candidates playing catch-up: Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar,…

It's a Friedman Unit Election: Bloomberg has the 'Right Stuff'

Not having listened to a random taxi driver, Thomas Friedman comes out for the anti-Bernie ‘radical middle’, because money talks at least for six months. As Larry Diamond, editor of The Journal of Democracy, pointed out to me, several studies he’s been publishing show that the best way to defeat illiberal populism is not by trying to…

Food-fight: Jason Johnson versus Nina Turner on whether Bloomberg's an oligarch

Name-calling Bloomberg an oligarch became equivalent to calling Sanders a socialist on MSNBC. Johnson took umbrage as though Sanders was really one of the 1% and Turner pushed back on the usual criticism of buying one’s way into the election. x Wow… Jason Johnson and Nina Turner have a spirited debate pic.twitter.com/NSsupwW7Pf — Acyn Torabi (@Acyn)…

Money still talks, despite good intentions as Bloomberg may get onto the debate stage

It seemed inevitable, but that small versus large donor thumb-on-the-scale will have consequences for super-Tuesday. x The DNC drastically shifts debate requirements, opening the door for Bloomberg to join the stage starting in mid-Februaryhttps://t.co/vusk0JBTQS — POLITICO (@politico) January 31, 2020 The Democratic National Committee is drastically revising its criteria to participate in primary debates after…

What if Bloomberg Buys the Election . . . For Someone Else?

Lots of complaints lately, here and elsewhere, about Mike Bloomberg spending hundreds of millions of dollars (pocket change for him) to try to, in essence, buy the Democratic nomination. But suppose he doesn’t get it? It’s often been the case that money alone does not get you a win in politics. (Trump was infamously miserly…

if Mike Bloomberg is using prison labor, what do other campaigns do

Probably the perfect example of the abuse of free-market capitalism: to use prison labor below minimum wage in general, but even more perfect exploitation to have such labor do boiler room work in call centers for political campaigns. Easy to imagine what GOP subcontractors do in an age of NRA money laundering and Ukrainian shakedowns. And…

Mike Bloomberg caught using prison labor for his presidential campaign

John Washington of The Intercept recently published this report about the use of prison labor by Mike Bloomberg’s presidential bid to make phone calls on behalf of the Bloomberg campaign: FORMER NEW YORK CITY mayor and multibillionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg used prison labor to make campaign calls. Through a third-party vendor, the Mike Bloomberg…

welcome Mayor Mike, let a hundred flowers bloom(berg)

The primary is hard to forecast right now but it seems a bit ridiculous that PredictIt bettors think that Bloomberg is almost as likely to win the Democratic nomination as Bernie Sanders. pic.twitter.com/qX72JPcgWI — Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 26, 2019 I could vote for Mike Bloomberg probably as much as I could vote for Tulsi…

Bloomberg declines to run; aides essentially admit plan to sandbag Sanders

By now, many news-aware folks here have likely heard that Bloomberg is officially declining to enter the 2016 Presidential race as an independent. That’s good news for Team Blue; although Bloomberg’s been a member of both parties over the years, he’s a staunch supporter of gun control and would almost certainly have siphoned more Democratic…

Primaries, shmimaries: How the Republicans might win the Presidency

The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the…

Bloomberg Defends the Banks

Politico has broken a shocking story that none of us could have seen coming.  Billionaire and NYC mayor, Michael Bloomberg has come out against OWS, saying that “if you want jobs you have to assist companies and give them confidence to go and hire people.”  Have you thanked a banker today?  Sure we gave them…