Bloomberg vs. Trump? – Run, Mike, Run!

By Pat Buchanan

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Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -( The morning of the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump, being interviewed on “Morning Joe,” said that he would welcome his “friend” Michael Bloomberg into the presidential race.

Which is probably the understatement of 2016.

The three-term mayor of New York and media mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion, making him one of the richest men on earth, told the Financial Times on Monday he is considering a run.

Bloomberg had earlier confided he was worried about Hillary Clinton’s ability to turn back the challenge of Bernie Sanders, regards Trump’s rise with trepidation, and is appalled by the pedestrian character of the campaign rhetoric.

“I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an insult to the voters,” said Bloomberg; the public deserves “a lot better.”

This haughty disdain calls to mind the late Adlai Stevenson. Yet, if Bloomberg runs, his electoral vote tally would likely make Adlai, by comparison, look like Richard Nixon on his 49-state romp in 1972.

Republicans should give Mayor Mike every encouragement to enter the race. For though he threatens to spend a billion dollars of his own money to buy the presidency, his name on the ballot as a third-party candidate could send the Democratic nominee straight down to Davy Jones’s locker.

With Bloomberg siphoning off millions of liberal votes, Democrats would not only lose red states they customarily write off, winning solid blue states would require a far steeper climb.

Third Party candidates have played crucial roles in presidential politics. Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt killed the re-election hopes of his successor President William Howard Taft in 1912, by running as the Bull Moose candidate and delivering the nation to Woodrow Wilson.

Strom Thurmond carried four Deep South states in 1948 and George Wallace carried five Deep South states in 1968. Both sought to throw the election into the U.S. House. Neither succeeded.

Ross Perot got 19 percent of the popular vote in 1992 and 8 percent in 1996. Though he did not carry a single state either time, as a candidate of the populist center-right, Perot peeled off a third of the votes George H. W. Bush had won in 1988 — to sink Bush in 1992.

Why would Bloomberg, who has great wealth and is willing to part with it, not be able to beat Trump, or another Republican nominee, if he plunged a billion dollars into his campaign?

Though he may be a pioneer in modern media and a man with a golden touch, Bloomberg is 74 years old this week, uncharismatic, and does not fill up a room the way the Donald does.

He lacks a common touch and is a social liberal, pro-abortion and pro-same-sex marriage.

Moreover, he is a compulsive nanny-stater who outlawed smoking in New York bars, restaurants and public places, prohibited the sale of cigarettes to anyone under 21, forbade trans-fats in restaurants, sodas larger than 16 ounces, chain restaurant menus without calorie counts, cellphones in school, non-fuel-efficient cabs, greenhouse gas emissions, and non-hurricane-proof buildings in coastal areas.

While not well-known nationally, [but well known by AmmoLand News readers] Bloomberg is a zealot about tougher gun control laws and his candidacy would produce a deluge of contributions to the National Rifle Association. This obsession, along with his social views, would sink him in Red State America.

Nor is Bloomberg, despite three straight victories running for mayor, a great political athlete.

In his last race, as the Republican and Independent candidate, Bloomberg spent $102 million to defeat an underfunded Democrat comptroller, but managed to win only 51 percent of the vote.

If Clinton, or even Sanders, were at the top of the Democratic ticket in New York State, either would crush Bloomberg in his home town, especially with the GOP nominee, say Trump, siphoning off all of the Republican-conservative votes Bloomberg received to become mayor.

Now only would Bloomberg lose the Big Apple, his statewide vote would come mostly from the Democratic nominee, giving Republicans the best opportunity to carry the Empire State since Ronald Reagan coasted to re-election in 1984.

By spending a billion dollars, Bloomberg could blanket the nation with ads. But once Republican oppo research groups defined him for Middle America, perhaps 4 in 5 of his votes would come out of the basket upon which Democrats rely.

For example, as a Jewish-American, Bloomberg might do well in the Dade-Broward-Palm Beach County corridor, taking votes that Clinton or Sanders would need to carry Florida. Yet, where would Bloomberg get the rest of his votes to win the Sunshine State?

Clearly, Bloomberg is envious of the success of the Donald, since he descended on that escalator at Trump Towers on June 16 2015.

The problem for Bloomberg is that, while this is the year of the outsider, with populist revolts breaking out in both parties, Sanders and Trump caught the lightning early, while he was restructuring his media empire. And, to be candid, Michael Bloomberg is no barn burner.

So all together now: “Run, Mike, Run!”


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 12 thoughts on “Bloomberg vs. Trump? – Run, Mike, Run!

    1. Can you imagine all of the crap this nanny com poop would summarily decree upon our citizens? He would consider himself to be an over protective mother to a nation of nine year olds. No thank you please.

    2. What a bunch of yo-yos this year. On the democrat side we have the Hildabeast a- money grubbing, lying (she directly caused the death of some of our people) human looking refuse container. Then a real socialist and socialism (over the years) will and has always lead to “bad things” for citizens and maybe soon the New York Darfur with a small man’s complex. On the republican side we have a fruit bar contractor with a .22 caliber brain and .44 Magnum mouth and a guy who is trying to turn our republic into a family dynasty country. Does anyone out thier NOT think we are so screwed as a country when terrorism, potential wars, national economics the Muslim problem (both in and outside of the White House) and so much more are at hand? Hang on…

      I am Not the previous Jim…

    3. What planet and which reality system is everyone on who supports Bloomberg? He was a mayor of New York 3 times where if you are confronted by the bad guys you have to run away. This gives the bad guys more options to kill, rape and rob the victims of their choice. Here is the KICKER for anyone reading this: Bloomy gave 50 million dollars to start a GUN TAKING organization to work on each state level to turn back “STAND YOUR GROUND” (which if stand your ground was in New York city there would have been less rapes), Conceal carry, and OPEN CARRY. YOU NEED TO RESearch BLOOMY’S background or just accept THE UNITED STATES OF NEW YORK if Bloomy becomes president.

    4. Plus all the money Bloomberg wastes during a failed run at the White House takes money away from his anti-gun crusade. Man, I hope he runs!

    5. This is just a manipulation tactic, cooked up between Hillary and Bloomberg. He’s telling Democrats he’ll run only if Sanders is the Democrat on the ticket. (i.e.- if Hillary doesn’t get on the ticket) What he’s doing is trying to sway undecided Democrats away from Sanders. I would not be surprised at all to see Bloomberg end up on the ticket as Hillary’s Vice Presidential pick.

      The backroom deals arranged by the Clintons are too numerous to count.

      How else do you explain that Sanders got considerably more votes than Hillary when combining Iowa and New Hampshire, but Hillary is crushing Sanders in the Delegate Count. She has 394, and he has 42. The Clintons are making sure that America doesn’t have a vote in her run for the White House. They will collude, buy, steal, and more; doing whatever it takes to get what they want, and everyone with common sense knows it!

    6. Go ahead and run Mike. Run your sorry, bully ass straight to hell! We have had enough with the current dick-tator we sure do not another one. Go and spend your billions helping the homeless and the vets. You are old and should retire from public life and enjoy yourself with whatever time you have left.

    7. I do not have time to listen to more ZIIONIST media bullsh*t engendered by that dual citizen ship elite criminal. He only wants to break America’s back and turn it into a third world country of slaves.

    8. You are right! They just do not get it!
      Mikey Bloomberg for Democratic Candidate for President! Yep! Great Idea, Mikey the left needs you, now get out there and throw yer hat into that ring! Now! The Democrats have two socialists and need the choice of a person who is a contradiction like Mikey the Bourgeois / Bolshevik Conundrum!

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