Neither Michael Bloomberg nor Tom Steyer will be the Democratic nominee for President. The latter is still struggling to get a tiny degree of true name recognition and the former is so unlikable, he’s going to be more gaffe prone than Joe Biden if he’s ever given as much airtime. The will be adamantly opposed by the radical progressive wing who can’t abide by billionaires. It would take Joe Biden, Andrew Yang, and Pete Buttigieg all dropping out around the same time early on for Bloomberg to emerge as the favorite.
Nevertheless, they’re doing their best to buy the nomination. The amount of money the two, especially Bloomberg, are spending on ads in Super Tuesday markets is absolutely mind-blowing.
They entered the race late, but the two billionaires seeking the Democratic nomination are making up for lost time.
Together, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg have poured nearly $200 million into television and digital advertising alone, with the former New York mayor spending an unprecedented $120 million in the roughly three weeks since he joined the presidential race. That’s more than double the combined ad spending of every single non-billionaire candidate in the Democratic field this entire year.
“We’ve never seen spending like this in a presidential race,” said Jim McLaughlin, a Republican political strategist who worked as a consultant for Bloomberg’s mayoral bids in New York. “He has a limitless budget.”
Is it working? Not yet. It’s still early, but the clock is ticking. Steyer needs to make an impact in one of the early states to show he’s viable and both need to win on Super Tuesday on March 3 to demonstrate the message they’re buying is making an impact. But the early lack of movement in the polls is concerning; Bloomberg is averaging 5% in national polls and Steyer is at an abysmal 1.5%.
They’re having an effect, though. By flooding the markets with ads, they’re hogging up precious space for other candidates to get their message out. It’s inundating prospective voters who can only take so much political advertising before they start shutting it out. The way this race has been going, it’s easy to imagine going into Super Tuesday with a full ballot of candidates still hanging around, which bodes ill for any of the top tier candidates trying to run away with it.
A long primary means more money spent fighting each other and less money to turn towards the general election. That sits just fine with Trump supporters who would love to see the primaries drag all the way out to mid-summer around convention time.
On behalf of the GOP, I’d like to thank the Democratic billionaires in the race who are running so many ads, the people are starting to tune them out. Let’s hope they keep going until their funds or appetite are depleted.
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One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
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