Bloomberg Punch Bag: On Clearance Now
Bloomberg Punch Bag: On Clearance Now
The last time Vegas saw this level of smackdown, Conor “The Notorious” McGregor was in the octagon. Then, Michael Bloomberg stepped into the ring, getting a public beat-down from the DNC’s version of the “Village People.” It was awesome watching Mike take a punch, or thirty. Who knew the hottest fight in town was off the strip? If this is the Dem’s first string fight team, Trump will be 2 for 2 in 2020
Liz Warren led the take down when she confronted Bloomberg about his vague, and seemingly questionable, past with female employees. She demanded he release all parties from the Non-disclosure agreements (NDA) they signed as a condition of any lawsuits. Never missing an opportunity to kick a flailing opponent, the other Democrat candidates jumped in like a WWE Tag-Team. The best defense Mike could muster was a nasal tone deflection combined with a petulant eye-roll. The best 6.5 minutes on TV.
Liz was relentless in comparing Mike to arch nemesis, Donald Trump. The New York Post reports Warren’s opening remarks,
I’d like to talk about who we’re running against — a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians, and no I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about mayor Bloomberg,” she said.
“Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, harassing women and racist policies,” she added.
It looks like the candidates are more concerned about losing the nomination to a knock-off Trump than losing the election to the real one. Liz will throw a punch to save her nomination, but not take a hit for “Team-D” to “save the country.” Hmm.
Mike Bloomberg needs to whip out the NDA’s and fire his debate prep team. They failed him. His performance was stilted, stiff and, frankly, painful to watch. Despite his disastrous delivery, Dems would have foraged ahead and maintained support. But in Democrat’s eyes, he committed the ultimate sin. He failed to throw himself on the altar of self-castigation for his prior bad acts. Analyst Jeff Greenfield writes, in Politico,
He had to know that every answer had to be shaped by a common theme: I’ve said and done things I am not proud of; I share with everyone on this stage a record of things I’m proud of and things I wish I’d done differently—but if you judge me by what I have done, and by how much Trump fears me, I am the right person to run.
Deanna Fisher has a great debate recap here.
Throughout the debate, Mike responded to attacks with answers copied from Trump’s playbook. The one democrats cite as the blueprint to America’s disaster. Someone needs to tell the Emperor that he’s better off being naked than borrowing Trump’s suit. Not to punch you while you’re on the ropes, but you are no Donald Trump. More to the point, your party doesn’t want their own Trump. He’s scrappy, and likes fighting in the mud. Exactly what was needed to fight the corruption surrounding Hillary. If you wanted to take down Trump, you should have run as a Republican or Independent and taken the “is this really where we are?” vote.
Instead you tied yourself to the party that thinks an almost Octogenarian Socialist career politician is a political “disrupter.” No, he’s a disaster. Not unlike what’s left of your campaign.
I’d proffer that Bloomberg is a “poor-man’s knock-off” of Trump. But writing “poor” in the same sentence as two billionaires gives me fits (especially as April 15th looms). Suffice it to say, Trump is kicking ass right now. The most recent Gallup poll shows that Americans are happy with the economy and feel “better off” than before.
Sixty-one percent of Americans say they are better off than they were three years ago, a higher percentage than in prior election years when an incumbent president was running…”
During Mike’s disastrous debate, Trump held another overflow rally. The 14,870 seat Arizona Veterans Memorial Stadium was at full capacity, with crowds lining up 24 hours in advance. He touched briefly on Mike Bloomberg’s campaign, Fox News reports,
I hear he’s getting pounded tonight. I hear they’re pounding him,” the president continued. “I think he spent all this money, he has maybe 15 points. Hey, fake news, how many points does he have? They won’t tell you the truth.”
Mike’s performance will again be tested in South Carolina. As candidates drop from the roster, the attacks on Bloomberg’s opacity will increase. He needs to provide better responses than he did at the Nevada debate. Blaming women who signed NDA’s as the reason they can’t discuss their complaints is just bad. Really bad. Implying that “Turbo Tax” is for poor peasants and your team of accountants needs more time to provide the tax records… well it sounds like a Country Club complaint. Even for a Limousine Liberal like yourself.
I want you to be the nominee. Watching you stiffly stand on stage while showman Trump delivers a body punch followed by a jab… I’ll take those odds.
This is the worst night for a billionaire since Bruce Wayne’s dad walked down that alley. #DemDebate
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 20, 2020