Hanna Trudo of The Daily Beast thinks that Bloomberg’s entrance into the Democratic presidential race is a “gift” to the Warren and Sander’s campaigns <Yes, I am a Warren supporter.>
Allies of Warren and Sanders allies don’t think Bloomberg, a New Yorker by way of Medford, Massachusetts, will have the chance to take on fellow New Yorker, Donald Trump. In fact, they view the billionaire’s entrance into the party’s primary as a political gift.
“This may be one of the most important things that happened to her campaign,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which is supporting Warren. “Bloomberg’s entrance centers the conversation to the core themes that have been instrumental to Elizabeth Warren’s rise,” he said, including “the systemic corruption of our democracy by billionaires.”
“The more the campaign is grounded and centered in those issues, the more likely it is that Elizabeth Warren will win.”
And at least Sander’s is not waiting around to give Bloomberg hell:
“I’m disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any other billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy our elections,” Sanders wrote in a statement. “It’s just the latest example of a rigged political system that we are going to change when we’re in the White House. If you can’t build grassroots support for your candidacy, you have no business running for president. The American people are sick and tired of the power of billionaires, and I suspect they won’t react well to someone trying to buy an election.”
The move comes after Sanders’ campaign launched a new Facebook ad featuring the 78-year-old senator looking at the camera and addressing supporters, while name-dropping the billionaire directly. “Please make a contribution to help us say to Michael Bloomberg and the entire billionaire class: ‘sorry you're not going to buy this election.”
And I say, “Good for Bernie Sanders!”
As for Warren, she does not explicitly attack Bloomberg by name, which is a stylistic difference with Sanders.
On Saturday, while campaigning in New Hampshire, Warren told reporters “elections should not be for sale, not to billionaires, not to corporate executives,” when asked about Bloomberg’s potential run before his official announcement.
Warren’s comments are consistent with her campaign’s messaging strategy that’s evolved through her nine-and-a-half-month-long bid. Her campaign’s website now features promotional coffee mugs emblazoned with “BILLIONAIRES TEARS” and an online calculator that helps “confused billionaires” see exactly how much they would pay in taxes under her campaign’s wealth tax plan, which would start on individuals with a net worth starting at $50 million.
“WOW — YOU’VE GOT A LOT OF MONEY!” the calculator spits out when a user clicks on the name Michael Bloomberg. The message continues: “You’d pay $3.079 billion next year under Elizabeth’s wealth tax. This amount, which you likely won’t even feel, will help us invest in education from birth through college and help finance health care for everyone. Good news – you’ll still be extraordinarily rich!”
I hope that both Warren and Sanders can exploit Bloomberg and treat him like a pinata. I’m more than tired of wealthy donors and corporations buying influence with Democratic politicians who end up doing the bidding of the political and economic elites. I’ve noticed that far too many Democratic voters are willing to look the other way when it comes to some Democratic politicians. And then Democratic voters get disappointed when Democrats who get bought by the elites don’t deliver on their campaign promises. The disappointed Democrats decide to sit out elections, and government is handed back to the Republicans.
Wash, rinse, and repeat.
Maybe having Bloomberg in this race will force Democratic voters to look a little more closely at some of the candidates stances and where they get their campaign cash?
Most of the Media, however, is claiming that Bloomberg’s entrance will hurt the centrist candidates: Biden and Buttigieg. I do not buy that argument. Biden has been kept afloat by black Democratic voters, and I cannot see black Democrats gravitating toward a politician who supported stop and frisk. And Bloomberg is skipping Iowa, so how can he possibly threaten Buttigieg? Besides, Buttigieg has been making the argument for a generational change, and I just don’t see his supporters flocking to an old white guy.
But like everything else in this race, there has been no actual voting yet. Therefore, more waiting to see what happens.