Can’t Buy Me, Love (The Horse Race, Cont.)

Horse Race Reporting: Comin’ round the bend…

We’ve never before seen attempted election buying like the way Michael Bloomberg is trying to do.

Since joining the race, Bloomberg has gone from zero to third place in national polling:

In the wake of the Iowa caucuses and heading into the New Hampshire primary, there is a dramatic shift in the Democratic primary race for president as Senator Bernie Sanders claims frontrunner status for the first time, overtaking former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll released today. Sanders gets 25 percent of the vote among Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic, while Biden gets 17 percent, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg receives 15 percent, Senator Elizabeth Warren gets 14 percent, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg receives 10 percent, and Senator Amy Klobuchar gets 4 percent. No other candidate tops 2 percent.

Of course, it is a national poll, not any of the states. We don’t vote nationally for primaries. Once again our political press fails us.

The press seems smitten (New Horse Enters Race!) The Democratic National Committee changed the eligibility requirements, so Bloomberg will be on the next debate stage. Is there anything this problematic man (the latest opposition research on Bloomberg shows a devastating, long standing series of  sexist statements and racist policies) cannot buy?

(Side note: As Driftglass and Bluegal noted on last Friday’s ProLeftPod, Bloomberg was a registered Republicans when he made those comments, he was on Team Evil and is atoning for those policies and misogyny now. He should really jump on that explanation.)

So if the Villagers are right that the race really comes down to Bloomberg and one other Democrat, it will probably be Sanders (say the pundits), because he has the next biggest war chest and an army of true believers.

What Bloomberg’s money buys, in effect, is the removal of the moderates from the race.  (And as always the pundits forget about Sen. Professor Warren.)

A lot of well-meaning lefties of my acquaintance are already talking about throwing in the towel and voting for Bloomberg because with all that money he is electable. I remind everyone that Bloomberg has exactly zero delegates at this exact moment, he is behind Biden in the same national polling. If Biden is declared dead by the pundits and our failed political press, then why isn’t Bloomberg?

So here is my point: When your state comes up for its primary, vote for you aspirations and ideals. Electability is a unicorn.

  • Jimmy Carter was not electable until he was elected.
  • Big Dawg was not electable until he was elected.
  • Chimpy McStagger was not electable until he was elected.
  • Barrack Obama was not electable until he was elected.
  • Lord Dampnut was not electable until he was elected.

Only two small states have voted, and only a tiny number of delegates have been awarded. Kinda early to call the race, methinks.

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6 Responses to Can’t Buy Me, Love (The Horse Race, Cont.)

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    It’s hard to keep track.

    “So Max Boot, who only recently became a Democrat, is getting yelled at for preferring Mike Bloomberg, who only recently became a Democrat, over Bernie Sanders, who only recently became a Democrat, to stop Donald Trump, who only recently became a Republican.”
    – Dan McLaughlin

    “Does it not terrify you that Mike Bloomberg is able to take his pocket change and purchase our democracy?”
    – Benjamin Dixon
    Well, he’s not so much purchasing our “Democracy, (or our Representative Republic,) as he is massaging his massive ego, convinced he can not only do a FAR better job than Oranus, * he’s probly the ONLY one who can save us.

    *Orange + anus

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  2. julesmomcat says:

    “Oranus” – LUVVIT! Perfect fit!

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    • Dennis Cole says:

      Jules – when the Muse strikes, I either duck, or stand and take my licks. But it’s worse when the Muse GOES on strike, coz then I got nuthin’.

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  3. donnah says:

    It’s exhausting. This election cycle has been one drama after the next: a full slate of candidates, flipped leads, favorites dropping out…and we’re still looking at a mishmash of experience and funds and all manner of lanes.

    I am trying to keep from fixing on a single candidate and keeping an open mind. While, like the majority, I’ll vote for the Democratic nominee no matter what, I sure wish it will be someone I won’t have to hold my nose for.

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    • This election cycle has just started. Everything that’s happened until now has been the pre-game show. Literally.

      The sportsballification of our democracy is’s just a game to the media.

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  4. ali redford says:

    Watching MSNBC late this morning, DH and I said, almost simultaneously, that it seems to us that media are covering Mr. Bloomberg in the same way they covered Pres. Trump in 2015-16- lots of free coverage. We know Mr. Bloomberg has purchased, with his own money, a great deal of ad time, but he’s getting a boatload of free coverage, too.
    For whatever that’s worth.


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