Axios morning email thingie notices a disturbance in The Force (well, the 2020 Goat Rodeo, anyway):
“Regular Jimmy Olsens, they are!,” says baby Yoda.
Anyway, they continue:
Mike Bloomberg’s 2020 campaign will open a field office in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the next few weeks, his campaign tells Axios’ Alexi McCammond.
- Why it matters: It’s rare for a presidential campaign to open shop in an American territory, and the Virgin Islands aren’t scheduled to hold their caucuses until June 6.
But the Virgin Islands have 11 delegates up for grabs in 2020.
- This is further evidence of Bloomberg’s non-traditional campaign, focusing on delegate count rather than Iowa and other early states.
- “Mike believes Americans in the territories are often overlooked and have an important voice and role to play in this election,” said Dan Kanninen, Bloomberg’s states director.
And not to be left behind, Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) has their own Bloomberg scoop:
Bloomberg campaign moves headquarters to Times Square
He’ll be making use of some of the old New York Times building.
I don’t know if Bloomberg has a chance of winning the primaries (I kinda doubt it), but I suspect that he’s playing something similar to chess, where you don’t wound the king, you kill the king (and in this analogy, the king is Prznint Stupid). Even if Bloomberg doesn’t get any delegates, his relentless
saturation bombing, er, advertisements against Trump are hogging the commercial airwaves. I don’t even watch teevee but I’ve seen his ads every where I go.
Some (read: me) see a downside to this, and that’s he’s depriving other candidates from buying the ad space AND Bloomberg and fellow billionaire Steyer are driving up ad rates. If you read between the lines with Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign, that likely is what pushed her to the exits early: she couldn’t get —and could not afford— to get her message out.