And So It Goes...Bloomberg Makes His Debut On The National Stage. Bernie's Electability Skyrockets.
Well, I guess last night didn't quite work out the way the DNC and their MSM conspirators thought. Those pathetic, soulless corporate whores have been conspiring for the better part of a year to boost a carnival of centrist Chucky Cheese candidates in a revolving Flavor of the Month HS talent show contestant strategy (brought you by their sponsors, various but undisclosed VIP DC think tanks). Nah, make that since Nov 8 2016 when Queen $hillary's coronation was disposed of by a reality tv game show host, after a lackluster, entitled and hubristic campaign had to repeatedly be resuscitated and cheated on behalf of because of a wildly popular insurgent Senator from Vermont coming from out of nowhere to upturn Her Turn.
The debate did play out, however, pretty much as this NYer expected it to.
And considering that according to Mediaite it was the most watched debate in history with 20 million viewers, this is just amazing.
Folks, it looks like it's all working splendidly at the moment...
What a catastrophe Wednesday night was for Mike Bloomberg. The New York plutocrat was kicked in the teeth by Elizabeth Warren in the first minutes — she denounced him as a Trump-like “arrogant billionaire” who called women “horse-faced lesbians” — and never made it back to his feet.
Bloomberg stood in mute fury as his $400 million campaign investment went up in smoke. His contempt for democracy and sense of entitlement surpass even Donald Trump, who at least likes crowds — Bloomberg’s joyless imperiousness makes Trump seem like Robin Williams.
That Bloomberg has been touted as a potential Democratic Party savior across the top ranks of politics and media is an extraordinary indictment of that group of people.
Some endorsements were straight cash transactions, in which politicians who owe their careers to Bloomberg’s largess repaid him with whatever compliments they could muster. How much does a man who radiates impatience with the idea of having to pretend to equal status with anyone have to spend to get someone to say something nice?
Then he lists a few of the numerous elected officials of whom Bloomberg has bought the endorsement, along with the contribution figures (in the millions, or chump change for the authoritarian asshole worth $60 billion. First, a video graph to illustrate the sheer criminal enormity of this asshole's
— James West (@jameswest2010) February 19, 2020
That’s fine. If you give a politician $2 million or $4 million, it must be expected that he or she will say you approximate a human being.
But how does New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman excuse writing “Paging Michael Bloomberg”? (Well, Bloomberg philanthropies donated to Planet Word, “the museum my wife is building,” says Friedman, so there’s that.) How about Jonathan Chait at New York, who wrote, “Winning the election is starting to look hard. How about buying it instead?” Or John Ellis in The Washington Post, who declared Bloomberg the “dream candidate”?
Far from showing “toughness,” Bloomberg on Wednesday wilted under attacks from his five Democratic opponents. He was unprepared throughout and seemed to be ad-libbing the most important exchanges. When Warren asked him with how many women he’d had sign non-disclosure agreements, Bloomberg muttered:
Warren: How many is that?
Bloomberg: None of them accuse me of doing anything, other than maybe s— they didn’t like a joke I told.
The answer drew groans. Any political consultant could have told Bloomberg “they didn’t like a joke I told” would go over like a dead flounder. Either Bloomberg is a lousy campaigner who doesn’t understand the need for preparation, or he thinks he doesn’t need to prepare for live performances because he’ll just buy PR elsewhere.
Both explanations bode badly for a theoretical general-election campaign against Trump, an expert at ad-libbing cruelties and generating free media in amounts exceeding even what Bloomberg can buy. If Bloomberg can’t handle being asked by Warren how many NDAs he’s had signed, just imagine when Trump offers him a box to stand on and asks him how it feels to have to spend $4 million per friend.
Bloomberg’s entire argument for office is that he’s better than Trump, but where exactly is he better? The biggest argument against a Trump presidency involves his racial attitudes. Bloomberg’s record is worse.
His defense Wednesday of stop-and-frisk — that it was a widely used policy that got “out of control” because “too many” African Americans were stopped — showed that even after all this time, he still doesn’t get the problem, i.e., that the mass-profiling policy was fundamentally discriminatory. Trump is a crude circus nationalist, but Bloomberg’s policing policies were profoundly, intellectually racist, and he proved in Nevada that his only growth has been to recognize their political inexpediency.
It would be impossible to find someone less believable as a reformer of Wall Street and an opponent of wealth inequality. Even Hillary Clinton was less of a guaranteed disaster on this issue. A vote for Bloomberg — a billionaire ex-Republican media executive, for God’s sake — would mean conceding the populist argument to Republicans again.
Trump has clear authoritarian tendencies and has wrapped his hands around autocrats, but for all the fretting about him perhaps not leaving office in 2020 if voted out, it’s Bloomberg who has already tossed term limits aside, and it’s Bloomberg who is openly trying to buy an election. There is zero evidence he will be any less of a threat to democracy or an agent for rapacious corporate interests than Trump.
Even assuming one could cross into believing that Bloomberg is somehow less revolting or dangerous than the current president — I don’t, but let’s say — Wednesday exploded the idea that he would have a superior chance at beating him than Sanders or a conventional, non-plutocrat politician like Warren or Pete Buttigieg. Bloomberg was a total zero charisma-wise, had trouble thinking on his feet, and failed to find even one issue where he sounded confident and convincing. His only distinguishing characteristic is his money, and fuck his money.
So, as I was saying folks, it may have even worked out more splendidly than I could've imagined.
First there's this:
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) February 20, 2020
Then we have this. Get a load of it. At today's RCP Betting Odds for the 2020 Presidential Election guess what happened?
Bernie just opened up a 28pt lead over Bloomberg, as a direct result of the debate!
Only a six days ago with all the media hype swarming his campaign and his commercials drenching every conceivable tv, radio and social media market Bloomberg had closed the gap to an unsettling 5.5pts.
Bloomberg's predictable and very public collapse in front of 20 million allowed Bernie to hit the throttle hard in what can only be seen as a thorough rejection of Mike's "electability."
Of course his campaign was prepared with batteries of advertising execs, copy editors and consultants to immediately deliver a textbook brainwashing & propaganda lesson in real time (as captured by The Nation's Ken Klippenstein). Tell people what they saw, which would then be repeated by your paid pundits in the media, to form a "narrative" that bears no resemblance to reality. Keep repeating until it takes hold.
A Bloomberg staffer sent me the campaign’s post-debate talking points.
If you work for Bloomberg, you can text me at 202-510-1268 (use Signal) pic.twitter.com/0KGth6MPm6
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) February 20, 2020
Imagine a society whose workers have been ground to dust by the jaws of capitalism.
Now, imagine a wise old man appears.
“Don’t worry,” he says. “Your life has value. Together, we can fix this.”
“Fuck you,” you say, “I’m with the racist billionaire.”
That’s being a liberal.
— Aren R. LeBrun (@proustmalone) February 20, 2020
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) February 19, 2020
More Than 75% of Democrats Would Support a Socialist for President: Gallup ("When Americans—especially millennials—think of 'socialism,' they primarily think about Bernie Sanders, Western European democracies, income equality, and access to healthcare.")
The capitalist class is an exclusive club, and you're not in it.
Bloomberg, Trump, and the Clintons are though. They're all on the same side. They might be pretending to fight for now, but all billionaires and oligarchs share the same economic and political interests pic.twitter.com/gFh6YiMqhb
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) February 18, 2020
We dont know why Mike was palling around with Epstein and Maxwell , nor why he was in Epstein's black book.
What's he hiding? pic.twitter.com/q3wLfoYYuV
— Bloomberg's secret Big Gulp (@mikemisson) February 19, 2020
Bloomberg picks the best company pic.twitter.com/LWaJDZqm6p
— Epstein’s Ghost (@BallotOrRiot) February 17, 2020
This shifty, little, kiss-ass, motherfucking CIA-plant, Rat, whose father was a Gramsci scholar and who himself wrote a published essay praising Bernie for his conviction and authenticity. I loathe this prick so much..
This was just one in a bunch of incidents in the debate that had me seething and wanting to see blood.
This motherfucker...he's so fucking disconnected, so alienated in his own bubble, so fucking arrogant and aloof, dead inside.
Moderator: "Mayor Bloomberg, should you, a billionaire exist? [...] Should you have earned that much money?"
Bloomberg: "Yes, I worked very hard for it and I'm giving it away."
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 20, 2020
Does a guy riding outside on a sanitation truck in 20degree weather "work very hard for his money"? How about someone in a fish cannery, or in construction, or picking strawberries in the blazing hot sun of Mexico? NONE of them will ever get CLOSE to a $billion.
You get there by vicious, cunning exploitation and supreme calculated greed.
Lastly, never stop reading about how the Economic Terrorists have gutted society for all of us.