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.