- From CBS News: “Congregants at the historic Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama, silently protested 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg as he delivered remarks there Sunday, standing and turning their backs on the former New York City mayor. Bloomberg addressed the congregation at Brown Chapel AME Church during a church service in which he discussed voter suppression and the fight for civil rights. But roughly 10 minutes into his remarks, several in attendance rose from their seats and silently turned away from him.The churchgoers remained standing through the end of Bloomberg’s remarks.”
Comment: Go ahead, Mike, spend your way out of this.
I had so many annoying discussions with Facebook Trump-haters who were pinning their desperate hopes on Bloomberg to take the Democratic nomination and defeat Trump in November. Their logic: he would spend however much money it took. But people, even smart and experienced people, tend to wildly over-estimate the power of money, marketing, and advertising. People are lazy, gullible and often stupid, but they aren’t that lazy, gullible and stupid: no amount of hype and saturation advertising will persuade a market that a self-evidently bad product is a good one. Bloomberg is a bad product, at least for the Presidency. His record is wrong, his tools are inadequate, his character won’t be tolerated outside of the Big Apple. Hatred of Trump isn’t enough, and, as the Beatles sang, “Money can’t buy you love.”
- Here’s the President of the United States doing a “Dorf” imitation to mock Bloomberg’s height.
Comment: I mention this because it’s funny. Wrong, but funny. Otherwise, I’m not going to complain about how un-presidential it is. This is how Trump is, and if he’s the President, this what Trump being President is and will be. Like it, tolerate it, or lump it.
Comment: GOOD. Mayor Pete, as I have tried to document, was second only to Elizabeth Warren in demagoguery and a smug jerk as well. We don’t even have to get to the fact that he was too young, had minimal relevant experience, and as a gay man in a same sex marriage, was an unelectable cult candidate in 2020. Pete needs to get a lot more seasoning and acquire some humility before be can claim to be a legitimate Presidential contender.
- Steyer quit last night.
Comment: Now THAT was an unethical campaign. Steyer spent $253,718,074 through January 31, all but $3,555,597 from his own pocket. He won no delegates. His message was nothing but Trump-bashing and impeachment hype, mixed in with support for slavery reparations. He cluttered the debate stage, helping to make the debates chaotic and virtually useless.
According to the New York Times, Steyer spent over $18 million on television alone in the Palmetto State. Steyer’s campaign spending has been so excessive that the Times reports that his name has “turned into a verb” – local activists refer to a candidate foolishly overpaying as “steyering.” Some of that spending was ethically questionable, such as renting a campaign headquarters from Jennifer Clyburn Reed, whose father is Congressman James E. Clyburn, the dean of the state’s Democratic Party. Some of that spending was just … goofy. When the Charleston County Democrats held their “Blue Jamboree,” Steyer not only sponsored the lunch, but bought a ticket for every member of the Benedict College marching band and rented them a bus to get there. All of that spending was inefficient, ineffective and ultimately inept.
Steyer can spend his money however he likes, but it’s hard to imagine how an estimated 280 million bucks–assuming the total through January was increased by about 30 million in February—could do less good.
- This exchange took place on Fox News this morning:
BIDEN: “I can hardly wait to debate [Trump] on stage. I want people to see me standing next to him and him standing next to me. Heh heh heh. We’ll see who’s sleepy.”
WALLACE: “Mr. Vice President, thank you. Thanks for your time. Please come back in less than 13 years, sir.”
BIDEN: “All right, Chuck. Thank you very much.”
WALLACE: “Uh. All right. Uh, it’s Chris. But anyway.”
BIDEN: “I just did Chris. No, no, I just did Chuck. I tell you what, man. These were back to back. Anyway.
WALLACE: No, it’s okay.
BIDEN: I don’t know how you do it, early in the morning, too. Thank you, Chris.
Comment: No comment.