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Top down Centrist Dems Are Panicking, Conjuring Bloomberg Candidacy

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Between Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard the progressives are leading the pack in the Democratic presidential primary. Joe Biden's lead has been, as predicted, shrinking or, in early primary states, disappearing. And Centrist, top-down, authoritarian, corporatist, neoliberal Democrats are sh*tting their pants.

Drum roll. Arriving on stage right, arriving centrist, corporatist, neoliberal billionaire Mike Bloomberg, worth over $50 billion.

Based on my local experience with a multi millionaire running for office, I expect that there will be a significant portion of the Democratic party voters who will rush to embrace Bloomberg because he is wealthy and they think he'll be able to self-fund his own campaign. And they'll see his success as a businessman and mayor as an indication that he can win against Trump. I see these people as authoritarians-- the people who seek out people to tell them what to do, who they can hand over the responsibility to make decisions.

That approach, in my local situation panned out badly. The Democratic leadership endorsed the millionaire, sabotaging the primary and he ended up losing in the general. I believe one of his competitors, a young female veteran, attorney and new mother could have won. The millionaire was not a bad guy. He'd been a generous donor to progressive causes, but that panned out to work against him because an independent group supporting his Republican opponent attacked him with very effective ads, for funding Democracy Now, which had given Mumia airtime. it's very likely that Mike Bloomberg has done the same thing-- good, liberal funding that plays terribly in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Wisconsin.

I fear that centrist, moderate Democrats-- the people who believe that nothing bold can be accomplished-- I call them can't-doists-- will embrace Bloomberg and, with Warren and Sanders close to tied going into the convention, will use the Superdelegates, to hand the election to Bloomberg.

I'm pretty sure that Baby Boomers, will become a big bloc of Bloomberg voters, to my embarrassment, being one myself.

I'm also predicting, as are many others, that a Bloomberg entry into the race will kill Joe Biden's chances and probably also hurt the other centrists in the race-- Buttagieg, Klobuchar, Booker, Harris and Yang.

It's interesting that not one mainstream talking head has mentioned that when Bloomberg enters the race in 2020 he will be 78 years old, the same age as Bernie Sanders.

Bloomberg has refused donations and totally self-funded his past campaigns, spending five times what his competitors raised. He will not have a million or two million donor supporters. He will be running the ultimate top-down campaign. This bodes badly for the future of democracy. The future needs people who bring people together, who engage the power of the people. Even if Bloomberg has the best intentions, he will be setting up a precedent that is designed for authoritarian control. It is dangerous and irresponsible.

And be assured, Bloomberg is doing this with the encouragement of high level leadership in the Democratic party.

 

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THIS DOES NOT not BODE WELL.

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Shall we not abide den?

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The Deep State (aka The Group)is reeling badly as their primary picks for 2020, Harris, Biden, and Booker are fading faster than a snowman in a rainstorm. They are attempting to prop up Warren, but "I have a plan" Liz is proving the more the people know of her the less they like her, so next in line to carry the banner for the Deep State is Mayor Pete who has already proved he takes orders from those who pay his way. They are propping him up in those polls that get the responses from 200-300 people, where a mere 10 people could reveal a double-digit backing. If one doesn't show favorably it simply isn't mentioned.

With all of their choices and the negative reaction, Hillary received when attempting to smear Tulsi Gabbard that leave nobody the Deep State can count on in 2020 so enter Michael Bloomberg who is actually a member of the Group sitting at the head of the Deep State.

The Deep State cannot go into the 2020 presidential election without representation. They have been represented in every presidential election since 1980 when George HW Bush was on the ticket as Vice President, in 1992 both Bush and Clinton were members of the Group, in 2000 Bush (whose daddy was a member) and Gore both represented Deep State interests, in 2008 Obama was not a member but had been vetted and proved to follow their orders by maintaining their agenda. The Group arranged to give him credibility from the start by giving him the Nobel Peace Prize.

Then along came Trump in 2016 and he actually won on the issue of "draining the swamp". The Deep State does not want to be left out in 2020 and with the cast of candidates present to date it appears they may be. Don't be surprised to see the embodiment of corruption, Hillary, make a strong play in the second ballot at the convention where she will have the arsenal of those bought and paid for superdelegates.

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One faction or another of the ruling elites have always had a representative in the president. Their mode of operandi is war and tegime change. It quacks like a duck.

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just what he need. another billionaire who has never been in a grocery store.

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Wow! - here comes the ex-Republican Mayor of New York City and billionaire Bloomberg to the rescue of the Democrat Party. Truly, if he really wanted to help out Main Street he'd be running as a Republican alternative against fellow Republican Trump, who's signature achievement for his first term has been his massive corporate tax cuts and extra tax cuts for the wealthy thereby stimulating the annual deficits and the national debt to new heights for generations to come. No - Main St is not going to see or get any help at all from a Democrat President Bloomberg with Wall Street 'overjoyed with anticipation' of 'more riches' to come.

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The definition of a centerist is very subjective. Bloomberg calls for the destruction of the 2nd Amendment (maybe in deeds not words). He was big on nanny state attitudes like his sugary drink ban. Very strong climate change follower.


Seems like he has all the credentials of a leftist politician, which I would define as rich but doesn't think anyone else should be rich and "big government for thee but not for me". Pretty much the credentials of every candidate on the Democratic lineup. Sidebar: Yes I know a lot of the right wingers are rich too but they don't mind other people being rich.


I'm starting to think the Democrats really do want four more years of Trump for the same reason Bush I "lost" to Bill Clinton in 1992. If you are not sure what that was really about, look to the stomping Democrats took in 1994. That would not have happened had Bush stayed in office.


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They're not "CENTRIST." They're imperialists, corrupt corporate stooges, neoliberals. Every time you bang out the word "centrist" you help them. After 30 years of this sh*t, it shouldn't be necessary to say this. There's nothing wrong with being in the "center" of something, politically. The public doesn't see that as a problem. Stop helping the enemy with mindless misuse of language.

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ACCIDENTI

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Accident? Nyet. Unfortunately sustaining and in progress.

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I agree Joe. That's why I say, in the article:

"Centrist, top-down, authoritarian, corporatist, neoliberal Democrats are sh*tting their pants."

I think that's close enough. But I have another article in the planning that directly takes on coward, can't do'ism neoliberal, republican-enabling centrist. You'll see it soon. I'll be sure to include imperialist.


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Cannot use the ratings. It does not respond.

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I had the same problem with after the last OEN upgrade cut over. I found the problem in Java (0) void. I don't know what I did but the problem went away. Email OEN tech support for help or FAQ. Hope this helps.

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Got hit w/same 'Java-- & finally got rid of it,to,Shad,

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Not this baby boomer!!!

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To make things more ridiculous, I've read the former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is thinking of running. He's just another neoliberal corporatist Obama clone.

It appears we 're going to have to crash and burn before we can begin the trajectory back upwards. If we're still here that is.

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'ratings' & comment counts aren't working well.

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