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Tuesday Night’s Democratic Debate Looked Great For Mike Bloomberg


Let me be clear. I am not bullish on the chances that Mike Bloomberg, three-time New York City mayor and Mary Poppins of the nanny state can win the Democratic nomination. His extremely unlikely plan includes ignoring the early votes in Iowa and New Hampshire, and hoping that by Super Tuesday the polls are still divided and nervous Democrats are still lukewarm on the current candidates.

But if this bet, in which he has already put 200 million dollars in the pot has any viability, last night’s Democratic debate could not have gone better for Bloomberg. In fact it was almost a blueprint of his strategy. The big story was Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders calling each other liars and generally acting like the Bickersons. This is important because Mike 2020 is counting on a scenario in which those candidates’ progressive supporters continue to hate each other and fail to form a block behind one of them.

As far as Joe Biden goes, he was fine. He’s always fine. He continues to paint himself as the safe choice an heir to Democratic hero Barack Obama. But while his steady lead has been impressive, it hasn’t grown much. He’s not attracting bevies of new voters, but rather counting on the black vote to carry him to slow and steady victory. This at least gives Bloomberg some time for his money to percolate.

Neither Sen. Amy Klobuchar nor Pete Buttigieg did much of note last night. Combined they are polling nationally at about 10 percent, but both feel like they have peaked. Bloomberg meanwhile has risen to 6.2 percent moving up in recent weeks. Since Buttigieg and Klobuchar are using the exact opposite strategy of Bloomberg, namely score an early win that can propel them, if that doesn’t happen they could be gone sooner rather than later, leaving their supporters poachable.

Tom Steyer was Tom Steyer.

While he wasn’t on the stage last night, Bloomberg’s campaign team engaged in a bizarre flurry of tweets.

Now that my team @mike2020 has your attention, I think it’s important that you see what @realDonaldTrump said to voters in Wisconsin tonight.

Battleground states like Wisconsin will decide the 2020 election.

This is not a joke.https://t.co/ktFPQCIeqe pic.twitter.com/74GoaKId1z

— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) January 15, 2020

Mike’s house is designed to look exactly like the interior of the Millennium Falcon. #BloombergFacts #DemDebate

— Team Bloomberg (@Mike2020) January 15, 2020

Less Tostitos branding than we expected. The candidates are barely mentioning Tostitos, which go great with dips, nachos or your favorite party snack recipe! #DemDebate

— Team Bloomberg (@Mike2020) January 15, 2020

In fairness, they didn’t get a ton of interaction and this morning many in the news media were poking at them like a suspicious looking piece of fish at a wedding dinner, but it was an interesting approach. It was trolly, but more like your goofy uncle than Trump’s tough guy tweets.

Bloomberg built a media empire and has access to enormous resources beyond just his boatloads of cash. If his weird Twitter attempt was not a huge success, it at least signaled that his team will use unconventional approaches to dress up his brand. This is likely a smart decision as “unconventional” kind of sums up his campaign’s whole approach.

But there was a more normal piece of political news last week in Bloomberg’s favor that ran a bit under the radar. He received the endorsement of Staten Island congressman Max Rose. While not a major national figure, Rose is the poster boy for the Democratic “moderates” in congress. He is the prototype of the candidates who won purple districts in 2018 and flipped the House.

If Bloomberg can get more such endorsements it could be meaningful. It not only gives him legitimacy, but also puts him firmly in Joe Biden’s lane. For Democrats in dangerous districts, Mike’s mountain of moolah will look very attractive in deciding whom to back.

This is still a wild long shot for Bloomberg. About 8 million things have to go right and nothing wrong for him to even have a chance. At some point he will need a surge of excitement and well, he’s just not a very exciting guy. But all things considered his campaign has to be thrilled with the debate, his window is still tiny, but last night it grew just a bit bigger.

via thefederalist


    • Yeah and that’s why he’s a billionaire. You don’t seem very smart yourself to say something as stupid as that because the man has been doing a lot of things right to be in his position.

      • He may be a billionaire, but his ego is too big for his bank account. Anyone willing to spend an ungodly fortune to appease self-doubt is not someone who should be president. Talk about a mid-life crisis!. ‘Blowme’ might have been a little crass, but he’s still correct in theory. The evidence of Bloomberg’s term as mayor isn’t enough proof how badly he wants to control others? He only continued what his predecessor Giuliani accomplished, and instituted a nanny-state of ridiculous laws. And, now he’s apologizing for it all . . .

  1. Bloombut is just a rich spoiled ass that just buys what he wants. You demonrats are dumber than we think if you want a self centered rich boy telling you what you can do or not. He wants to buy the USA an destroy our constitution to make his lawdk4z

  2. I bought a red maga hat just to wear in frnt of Maxines house, try an outlaw that. the only racist is Maxine, with only hate spilling from her slobbering jaw, how could anybody have so much hate in them? I think the Trumperoo has tapped into her secret bank account, slush fund lobby contributions or whatever. Its so easy to scream impeach, by the way how did that go? How is it that her own people have really benefited by the Trumperoos policies .
    What a piece of work


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