As Fox Business notes, billionaire former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg is filing papers to enter the Alabama primary. Most observers of the political scene believe that this step is a means to keep Bloomberg’s options open just in case he wants to enter the Democratic presidential race. However, the same pundits are wondering why Bloomberg is doing this and why now. The billionaire former mayor of New York is a supporter of the nanny state but is still considered a moderate compared to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
A Bloomberg spokesperson is quoted as stating that the billionaire publisher believes that President Trump constitutes a threat to American democracy. He is also concerned that none of the current Democratic candidates are up to the job of beating him in the 2020 general elections. Hence, Bloomberg is increasing of the opinion that he and only he can undertake the task of defeating Trump.
Allahpundit over at Hot Air pronounces himself as a little bit confused as to what Bloomberg’s true motivation is.
“Once Biden got in, Bloomy stayed out, no doubt fearing that the two of them would divide the center and that that would benefit the anti-Wall-Street Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Now he appears to have concluded that Biden is too weak to win, leaving him little choice but to rush in to fill the centrist vacuum. Except … there isn’t really a centrist vacuum. Biden continues to lead in national polls and in South Carolina. He and Bloomberg are highly likely to split votes. And Warren and Sanders are highly likely to benefit.”
Mind, the last people someone like Bloomberg wants in the White House are either Warren or Sanders. Their schemes for a Medicare for All and a Green New Deal paid for by a wealth tax scares people like the billionaire former mayor to death. Hot Air concludes that either Bloomberg thinks that he can drive Biden out of the race or this is a vanity move on his part, running for president as a lark before he passes on to the great beyond.
The Washington Examiner agrees that a Bloomberg running for president would benefit Elizabeth Warren the most. “And who could Warren choose as a better poster child for those opposed to her plans than a multibillionaire who decided to come out of political retirement and spend oodles of cash trying to take her down?”
The other problem with a Bloomberg run is that, while he is certainly saner than Sanders or Warren, he is certainly no prize from a conservative perspective. The Washington Examiner again labels Bloomberg as an “enemy of freedom.”
Bloomberg’s most controversial project as mayor of New York was an attempt to ban “big gulp” sugary soft drinks. The theory was that the more sugary beverages one consumes the more likely one is likely to become obese and get cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Civil libertarians pushed back with the quaint notion that what one drinks should be one’s choice.
Bloomberg is also no friend of the Second Amendment, favoring the whole range of “common-sense gun safety laws” including enhanced background checks, red flag laws, and the banning of certain firearms termed “assault weapons.”
Bloomberg also has a super PAC that has financed the campaigns of a great number of Democrats. He was partly responsible for the takeover of the House by Democrats, a development that led to the impeachment farce.
One particularly obnoxious ad the Bloomberg super PAC cut was in support for Lizzie Fletcher, a Democrat running for a House seat in Texas in 2018. The ad mocked her opponent’s support for a NASA probe to Europa, a moon of Jupiter thought to contain. The war on science meme alarmed many in the scientific and aerospace communities.
Elizabeth Warren, perhaps welcoming of another billionaire to bask, tweeted a message to Bloomberg.
“Welcome to the race, @MikeBloomberg! If you’re looking for policy plans that will make a huge difference for working people and which are very popular, start here:”
Warren added a link to a calculator that shows how much billionaires would pay under her wealth tax.
Bernie Sanders was equally exuberant. He tweeted, “The billionaire class is scared and they should be scared.”
If Bloomberg does jump all the way in, the next debate that he is in should be entertaining.