This week the political news that has made for many conversations is the possibility that Michael Bloomberg will enter the Democratic presidential contest. Some think it a good idea since the former New York mayor will bring pragmatic ideas along with the perfect way to needle Donald Trump. Others feel that the currently announced contenders are getting tested in the early states and from their ranks, a nominee will emerge from a forged consensus of voters.
From the perspective of my blogging desk, it would appear a Bloomberg entry would happen for two reasons. One reason, should the candidacy of Joe Biden falter, and a sense grows among the party that he could not prevail in 2020, it then becomes vital to have someone with centrist capabilities to carry the party to victory. Secondly, there would be a need, should Biden lose steam, to have a nominee that will speak to the middle-of-the-road voters which Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders can not do.
While I very much concur with the basic outlines of what Warren espouses I am aware that it will not sell in a general election. Her trouble with messaging in the lead-up to the primary season where Democratic voters are being sought should alert all to the larger problems she would face when asking for support from a national audience. Big and bold feels good, but pragmatism tells Democrats they must do everything in their power to stop the current reign of international chaos and illegal behavior from the Trump White House. Making sure the fundamentals are restored to our republic is far more important than any policy push which excites progressives.
On the flip side of the Bloomberg candidacy is the fact he is a billionaire–an actual one–as opposed to using bankruptcy laws for wealth-making purposes such as Trump has done. I am not comfortable with someone who has such means to lead a nation. I have always felt Bloomberg has a solid character and integrity. But exceedingly wealthy people, in high office, tend to see the world in very different ways than the vast majority who struggle to make their way in it. Therein lies the problem.
Perhaps the best outcome that Bloomberg can provide for the nation is to sharpen the focus of Democratic voters as we head to Iowa and New Hampshire. We need to select a nominee that does far more than warm the hearts of certain factions of the party. We need to select someone who can prevail in November 2020 and stop the abuse of power, close the door on the Trump family, and work to return reason and logic to policymaking at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
If that meant I needed to vote for a smart slab of cement, then that is what I would do. After all, it would have a higher IQ than what now sits in the Oval Office.