Comment by Jim Campbell
February 17, 2020
Ya got to love it, President Trump has pinned the label, “Little Michael,” on Bloomberg will stick, and watch the lapdog media play the music for his demise.
Bloomberg believes in man-made global warming, as mayor of NY City, he did some deals with China that he will attempt to gloss over.
Michael Bloomberg in the White House? China might say thanks, but no thanks.
Bloomberg’s comments are deeply problematic.
For a guy wanting to be President, if he ran with Hillary on the ticket, Mikey would just be Hillary’s poodle.
For a man seeking to be the leader of the free world, he seems unaware of the extent of China’s efforts to clamp down on freedom for their own citizens and even, at times, those of Americans.
Under Xi Jinping, Beijing has created mass detention and indoctrination camps for millions of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province.
Footage from overhead drones has shown prisoners handcuffed to each other and blindfolded, while reports on the camps have indicated that the prisoners are, among other requirements, forced to pledge loyalty to the Communist Party of China and Xi Jinping himself.
The billionaire’s history of self-censorship with regard to China is a liability with voters that his rivals in the presidential race would seize on.
This would make China-related issues a focus in the election, a turn of event Beijing would not welcome.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Chinese vice-president Wang Qishan at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore in November 2018. Photo: AFP
You might think former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the 2020 US presidential race would be welcomed by Beijing.
After Bloomberg News ran a story on the wealth of then vice-president Xi Jinping’s family, Beijing blocked Bloomberg sites in China and quietly banned state-owned enterprises from buying Bloomberg terminals, his business’s largest revenue generator.
Yet he managed to get back in Beijing’s good graces.
It couldn’t have hurt that, in 2013, it was reported that Bloomberg News had spiked a similar story, about “hidden financial ties between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families of top Chinese leaders.”
In a further act of simpatico politics, he chose Shanghai for the 2018 launch of his New Economy Forum.
The trade war put the kibosh on that – it was moved to Singapore – but this year’s event will be held in Beijing in a couple of weeks.
In September, during an interview on PBS’s Firing Line, Bloomberg stated that Xi was “not a dictator” and that he had to serve “his constituents” or they would somehow scoot him out of office.
Xi must have loved this. Bloomberg’s assertion got a few guffaws in the 24-hour American media cycle at the time, but little more came of it.
Americans seemed inured to a rich guy censoring himself to avoid the pain of being hit in the wallet by Beijing.
Did we mention that he’s also a believer in global warming?
Unfortunately for Bloomberg, however, a bunch of rich basketball players highlighted this phenomenon of self-censorship last month like no politician could.
And, now that it looks like he is about to enter the 2020 presidential race, his “not a dictator” comments are likely to come back to haunt him
By Newt Gingrich.
Every presidential election is unique, but the 2020 Democratic race is quite extraordinary.
To prepare for the craziness to come, I discuss the state of the campaign in this week’s episode of Newt’s World.
I am carefully watching Mike Bloomberg’s candidacy.
We have never had someone try to buy the presidency so blatantly.
Bloomberg said he would spend $1 billion of his own money on the campaign and has already spent more than $300 million on advertising.
No other candidate can afford to campaign in every state simultaneously.
A net worth of $62 billion comes in handy.
However, no ad campaign is good enough to overcome a bad product.
Bloomberg is gambling he can drown voters — especially those who don’t pay attention to politics — under waves of positive advertising.
The real Bloomberg, who made money dealing with the Chinese dictatorship and offended minorities by defending stop-and-frisk, is very different from the Bloomberg on television. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
Bloomberg, a fairly successful mayor of New York City and a fabulously successful businessman, has an estimated net worth of $52 billion.
Without that fortune, nobody would be talking about a Bloomberg candidacy at this late date.
But with his money, Bloomberg could self-finance a run from start to finish without ever having to ask a single donor for a penny.
That gives him the freedom to float a would-be candidacy long after the field has been set.
This time, Bloomberg, who in his political life has been a Democrat, a Republican, an independent, and now a Democrat again, is setting a personal record by flirting twice in a single cycle.
Last spring, there was a ripple of speculation about a 2020 Bloomberg candidacy. On March 5, Bloomberg put an end to it when he announced flatly, “I’m not running for president.” Instead, he said, he would pour his energy and resources into a new climate change project called Beyond Carbon.
Now, however, he has apparently moved beyond Beyond Carbon. Last week, The New York Times reported that Bloomberg is “actively preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary.”
“Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well-positioned to [defeat President Trump],” Bloomberg adviser Howard Wolfson told the paper.
“If Mike runs he would offer a new choice to Democrats built on a unique record running America’s biggest city, building a business from scratch and taking on some of America’s toughest challenges as a high-impact philanthropist.”
Bloomberg is said to be concerned — and it is a legitimate concern — that the current Democratic field has moved too far left, embracing policies such as “Medicare for all,” virtually open borders, free college, and wealth taxes.
That’s what Wolfson meant when he said the field is “not well-positioned” to beat Trump.
But there is no indication that voters believe Bloomberg is the solution to the problem.
This latest tease is too recent for any reliable polling, although one survey found Bloomberg with the highest negatives in the field, in the past, he has never been a voter favorite outside the confines of New York City.
Bloomberg is being pressed into action by states with early primary filing deadlines. He has already placed his name on the ballot for the Alabama primary, and a short time later flew to Arkansas to file there.
Alabama and Arkansas are fine, but what about Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, the first states to cast votes and award delegates?
Bloomberg has apparently decided to blow them off.
“In a dramatic acknowledgment of his own late start in the race,” the Times reported, “Mr. Bloomberg and his advisers have decided that he would pursue a risky strategy of skipping all four traditional early state contests … and focus instead on big states that hold primaries soon afterward.”
Instead of “risky strategy,” one might substitute “crazy strategy.”
Candidates in the past have sometimes tried to skip an early primary or caucus, but skipping all four at the beginning is a sure way to lose.
Bloomberg predecessor Rudy Giuliani essentially tried it in the Republican contest in 2008, and by the time the first four primaries were over, voters barely remembered Giuliani was in the race.
The same will likely happen to Bloomberg if he goes through with it.
Recall the excitement and 24/7 media attention that precedes the Iowa caucuses, and then the shift to New Hampshire, and so on.
Bloomberg won’t be a part of that.
He can buy all the ads he wants telling people to just wait until he gets in, but there will be Democratic winners chosen by the voters of the first four state contests who cannot be ignored.
Also, if Bloomberg jumps in, voters will eventually recognize that he, like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, is too old to be president.
Bloomberg will be nearly 79 on Inauguration Day 2021.
Like Biden, who will be 78, and Sanders, who will be 79, Bloomberg will have to convince voters that a president in his 80s, never before seen in American history, is nothing to worry about.
Bloomberg’s move is a symptom of Democratic anxiety.
We’ve seen it before, in both parties. At the beginning of a primary season, with a big field of candidates starting the race, the party faithful say, “Isn’t this great?
We have so many good candidates — almost an embarrassment of riches!”
Then, after several months of campaigning, they say, “Can’t somebody enter this race and save us?”
The answer is no. The Democratic field is what it is.
One of the candidates in the race right now will win the nomination, go on to face Trump, and have a chance to become the next president.
There’s no savior waiting to rescue Democrats, and that includes Michael Bloomberg.