The Romulan Republic wrote: ↑
Bloomberg has a resume that seems tailor-made to piss off as many people as possible. Progressives hate him for being a Centrist and a billionaire. Conservatives hate his "nanny state" policies. Black voters are unlikely to look kindly on his tough policing policies as Mayor of New York. His appeal is... he's a rich centrist who's not Biden, and some Dems are still really scared of (or in the case of some Clinton supporters, bitter toward) Bernie.
He's also an utter flip-flopper (he's been a Dem, Republican, and Independent) which pretty much everybody hates.
Some cynical or desperate people seem to think that we can only win by "playing Trump's game" and running a wealthy businessman, and that he can be a "Democratic Trump" (I've seen this sort of comment on occassion online). But the thing is, the Democratic party is not the Republican party, no matter how many times the Greens and the Kremlin bots behind them insist that it is. The obsession with business, and running a businessman, holds far less appeal for the Democratic base, I suspect. And unlike Trump, Bloomberg isn't quite shameless enough to openly flaunt his worst qualities, turning them into a monstrous, perverted form of credibility. He's just a centrist hypocrite.
Bloomberg isn't a Centrist. And he's not a hypocrite. He's opportunistic Republican. One who is lying his pants off about his record.
Things New Yorkers remember about Bloomberg that the rest of the country seems to have forgotten.
- Mike Bloomberg championing a policy that stopped young black folk on the street for police detention, searched them with no probable cause, and entered their name into a police searchable database for no reason other than targeted surveillance.
- Bloomberg publicly complaining about how the policy (which disproportionately targeted Black youth) hampered too many
White folk and not enough
- Tied to that, how the rhetoric about his singular core issue, guns, was always tied to minority youths having access to them as the real problem.
- In 2004, when NYC hosted the RNC, Bloomberg thought that protesters would be unseemly. So he had them caged up and corralled blocks away in 'Free Speech Zones' from where they could actually protest anything. People who tried to resist were arrested. (This is what inspired Arrested Development's jokes about protests in cages.)
- At that same convention Bloomberg publicly endorsed George Bush, a war monger who was running on a platform of amending the constitution to ban gay marriage and privatizing Social Security.
- Bloomberg ordering the police to shut down the Occupy Wall Street camp and engage in mass arrests, including arrests of journalists, despite a court order blocking him from doing just that. Then his aggressive reshaping of Liberty Park so that it would be filled with hostile architecture to prevent anything like Occupy ever happening again.
- Mike Bloomberg's utter contempt for the homeless and poor in the city and the scoffing disregard with which he took concerns of affordability of housing or food. Coupled with the way he deliberately turned the housing market into a tool for international millionaires and billionaires to park their money as investments.
- The similar contempt he had for the conditions inside NYC's 'correctional' facilities.
- That he would fuck off to Aruba on the weekend on private jets to play golf, and get pointedly angry when people tried to discuss it as a matter of public policy.
- The rampant sexual harassment that was reported on in the Bloomberg corporation and in City Hall during his tenure.
- That he rewrote the charter of New York City so that he
could get a third term as mayor despite term limits, but also made sure to amend the term limits back in so that only he
could have that distinct privilege. Which underlines how reprehensible the previous stuff was. If he'd ever given a shit about any of this he could have changed it. He didn't.
- There's a lot more. His half-assed approach to education, the way he manipulated (and blocked) subway construction and improvement to help rich folk avoid the proles, the way he backtracked on every promise to avoid corporate sponsorship, etc. Honestly, the mind recoils at just how much
there is to remember.
If people are willing to look at Bloomberg and declare 'Well, he's a rational centrist!' then the system is busted.
I understand, and am sympathetic to, the claim that Trump runs concentration camps where he puts children in cages and must be opposed in the general election no matter the candidate. But the people who would pick Bloomberg as their candidate are simply upset about the demeanor of the jailer, not the act of caging (or the racism, the sexism, etc. etc. etc.)
I won't vote for Bloomberg in any election. I'll add, that the theory of a Bloomberg candidacy is one where there's a vast swath of silent moderate voters wringing their hands for the goldilocks candidate to come out, and a horde of Republicans waiting to defect from Trump if only there were someone
that would lead them away from the horrible orange brute. I've yet to see any evidence that they actually exist, but he's willing to throw away my vote in hopes that they do, and if that's what he and the voters of the party want to do I'm happy to oblige.
An related, but unconnected, final thought:
'After 9/11, it was "You're with us or your with the terrorists." Now its "You're with Straha or you support racism."' ' - The Romulan Republic
'You're a bully putting on an air of civility while saying that everything western and/or capitalistic must be bad, and a lot of other posters (loomer, Stas Bush, Gandalf) are also going along with it for their own personal reasons (Stas in particular is looking through rose colored glasses)' - Darth Yan