“The Bloomberg machine turns its billions onto Sanders in a first test of what the general election will look like.”
New reporting out Monday reveals that billionaire plutocrat Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor whose record spending has propelled him into the top tier of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race, is preparing a full-scale, “multipronged attack” on Sen. Bernie Sanders with a massive “media onslaught” against the Democratic frontrunner.
According to CNBC, which broke the story, Bloomberg’s strategy will involve spending huge sums of his limitless money on digital ads, publishing opposition research, and pushing surrogates to appear on TV and write op-eds against the Vermont senator ahead of Super Tuesday.
“The Bloomberg machine turns its billions onto Sanders in a first test of what the general election will look like,” tweeted The Hill‘s Sagaar Enjeti.
There it is. The Bloomberg machine turns its billions onto Sanders in a first test of what the general election will look like https://t.co/GOQpedXFvN
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) February 24, 2020
Dutch economist and Netherlands Labour Party member Maarten Wiedemeijer put it as a struggle between one of the world’s richest men annd the movement that
“The people versus the oligarch,” said Wiedemeijer.
The people versus the oligarchhttps://t.co/4ZcbLJbnC6
— Maarten Wiedemeijer (@M_Wiedemeijer) February 24, 2020
Bloomberg’s surging profile has been boosted by the volume of coverage about him.
In the first 6 weeks of his campaign — when he was polling in the low single digits:
Bloomberg: 24.8k articles about
— Axios (@axios) February 20, 2020
That cash flow into the coffers of news networks and newspapers has created an uncomfortable situation for for-profit news outlets who expect to cover the billionaire—the spending appeared to result in more coverage, as Axios reported on February 20:
In the first six weeks of his campaign from early November to mid-December—when he was polling in the low single digits—Bloomberg had 24,754 articles written about him. That compared to 17,259 for Warren, 11,954 for Sanders, 5,242 for Buttigieg and 2,243 for Klobuchar.
CNBC reports the mayor has decided to focus all of his energy and bank account on the Vermont senator through the Super Tuesday contests on March 3, where 14 states are set to hold primaries.
According to CNBC:
On Monday, the Bloomberg campaign attempted to paint Sanders as a past ally of the National Rifle Association, a gun advocacy group that Bloomberg has fought for over a decade.
The attacks on Sanders, who has accused Bloomberg of trying to buy the Democratic nomination, will also attempt to highlight negative aspects of his record on race relations both as a congressman and senator, the sources said. This comes after Sanders, now seen as the Democratic front-runner, has taken aim at Bloomberg for his support of a policing policy known as stop-and-frisk that often targeted black and Latino people.
“This is a bold move for Bloomberg, given his history of both racist comments and racist policies,” said Vox reporter German Lopez of the new strategy by the billionaire’s campaign.
The news came two days after Joe Lockhart, a longtime Democratic strategist and former press secretary to former President Bill Clinton, in an opinion piece for CNN called on Bloomberg to take the frontrunner out.
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) February 24, 2020
New York magazine writer Eric Levitz suggested that a full-bore assault from Bloomberg could be just what the Sanders campaign needs to prepare for a general election contest with the incumbent, President Donald Trump.
“This will be a good test of the durability of Bernie’s strength in polls against Trump,” tweeted Levitz. “If Bloomberg’s wall-to-wall character assassination campaign doesn’t erase Bernie’s advantage in those polls, no reason to think he can’t hold strong in the general.”
Stripping voting rights from felons is about politics, not punishment
In 2018 Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment ending the disenfranchisement of ex-convicts. Though it excluded people convicted of murder or sexual offenses, Amendment 4 restored voting rights to felons “after they complete all the terms of their sentence including parole or probation.”
MSNBC’s Morning Joe scorches GOP senators for following Trump ‘over the cliff’ to election losses
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered Senate Republicans for following President Donald Trump "over a cliff."
The "Morning Joe" host said the GOP had suffered losses in every election cycle since Trump won, and he said the president was a threat to his own party.
"All Republican incumbents who are endangered politicians," Scarborough said. "What bargain did they make that is worth following this man over the cliff? Who, right now, in early June, is on his way to losing in a landslide of his own?"
"These polls that we're going to show you in a minute are just a snapshot of where we are at the beginning of June," he added. "Things can change, but if they do change, it will be the first time in almost four years that elections have broken Donald Trump's way."
Trump gambling his presidency on a voting group that may no longer exist
President Donald Trump is betting that his law-and-order scare tactics will energize white suburban voters -- but that demographic may no longer exist as it once did.
The president remains popular in rural areas, and he won over suburban voters by 4 percent in 2016, and Trump and his Republican allies are betting he can turn out non-college educated whites who may be disgusted by police violence but don't support protests, reported Politico.
“There’s a lot of concern about the way the Minneapolis police acted,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, a seven-term Republican from the northern Virginia suburbs. “But whenever you start looting — and now the stuff’s spread out to Leesburg, it’s in Manassas … the politics takes a different turn.”