As of around a month ago, billionaire Michael Bloomberg was no longer considering running for President. Now, it appears the former Republican, Independent, and Democrats is giving it some serious thought again now that Joe Biden is in the middle of his own #MeToo controversy.
Reports are coming in that Bloomberg, a data-driven decision maker, decided not to run specifically because he didn’t see a lane open for him. Biden was in his lane, but if Biden doesn’t run, Bloomberg may take his place as a centrist.
— Mike Allen (@mikeallen) April 2, 2019
The difference from a policy standpoint between Biden and Bloomberg is minimal. Both would be 80+ years old by the end of the first term if elected. Both are Caucasian males.
In other words, neither has the characteristics the radical progressives taking over the Democratic Party want to see in a candidate. They’re far too privileged to be the candidate of choice. In fact, the only thing going for them the way the primary battles are shaping up is that every other major candidate seems bent on embracing the closest thing to communism they can muster. For this reason, the Democratic establishment is going to push for whichever old white guy is running (other than Bernie Sanders) to be the nominee.
Between the two, Bloomberg is more dangerous to President Trump for two reasons. First, he has unlimited funds. The two billion Hillary Clinton spent last presidential election would be about 3% of Bloomberg’s net worth. Assuming he were to raise funds from the electorate (though he could make a play that he prefers donations to go to other Democrat races for House and Senate, giving him instant credibility among voters), he could easily outspend President Trump 2-1 if he chose to do so.
The second thing he has going for him is he’s the closest to the center that any candidate could get, at least in reputation. He’s been a Republican, Democrat, and everything in between over the decades, giving him a Reaganesque quality. Again, this is only based on his reputation. His actual policies on guns and the environment make him every bit the leftist that other candidates are on those fronts, though it’s unlikely he would support Medicare-for-All or any of the other popular ideas that only make sense in the cartoon world of Democratic wishful thinking.
In many ways, Bloomberg would be the radical centrist with crazy ideas mixed with moderate principles that come together to form a potent competitor to President Trump. On the surface, this might seem like the worst-case-scenario for Republicans, but thankfully for them Bloomberg has many weaknesses they could exploit if he got the nomination.
Of course, getting the nomination might be more difficult than he thinks even if Biden doesn’t run. This isn’t the Democratic Party that nominated Hillary Clinton. If today’s Democrats were given the same choices they had in 2016, Sanders would beat Clinton in a landslide. That’s how far to the left many of them have lurched.
“Bloomberg’s second thoughts speak volumes about how Democrats view the allegations’ damage to Biden, who has spent days dealing with wall-to-wall coverage of whether his touchy-feely, gregarious style is fine or a bit creepy.” – Mike Allen
Any other year, the radical progressive field versus either Biden or Bloomberg would have GOP strategists preparing for one or the other. But the New Democratic Party is being led by hyper-leftists. Neither Biden nor Bloomberg are sure things.
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