By Marc W. Polite
Good morning, everyone. Last night’s Democratic presidential debate was far from boring. Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg got a lot more than he bargained for when he stepped on the stage.
From the first few minutes, it was apparent that this wasn’t going to go well for him. It was unsurprising that Bernie Sanders verbally got at Bloomberg over him trying to buy the election and his stop and frisk policy. Elizabeth Warren got in a lot of good digs at the former mayor as well. What was unexpected was that even the other three centrist candidates (Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Joe Biden) all started getting at Mike in the first ten minutes. This couldn’t have been what he expected.
Michael Bloomberg only jumped into the presidential race this past November, but from his performance you would have thought he started the day before yesterday. He was totally unprepared, was savaged by everyone, and gave very unconvincing answers to sharp questions posed about Stop and Frisk. Whoever his debate coach was, did him a real disservice. I hope that check cleared already, for their sake.
There was even one point where Bloomberg said something to the effect of “my taxes are complicated” as an explanation of why he hasn’t released them. That went over like a lead balloon. Way to seem relatable.
The moderators didn’t handle him with kid gloves, and the other five Democratic candidates who have been running for president for a while were not here for the neophyte debater. Bloomberg- who is not even on the ballot for the Nevada caucus this Saturday- gained nothing from participating in this debate.
At this point, the candidates that stood the most to gain were Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Warren had a strong performance on the debate stage last night. Sanders, was a lot more subdued, but he could afford to be since the heat wasn’t on him and he’s still the frontrunner whether the mainstream media likes it or not. The oligarch that was allowed in by the DNC to blunt his momentum tanked, and Sanders is leading in the polls two days before Nevada.
Even Joe Biden looked better up there by comparison. This, by far had to be the liveliest debate of this cycle so far. It may have come at the expense of a billionaire, but he can always go home and wipe his tears with 100 dollar bills.
All of those Black politicians who shilled for and endorsed Bloomberg had better hope their checks cleared. Anyone who watched that debate and still has confidence in Bloomberg being able to go up against Donald Trump is severely kidding themselves. This was almost a political roast.
What did you think of last night’s debate?
Wait he said that his taxes were complicated? Sounds very Trumpian to me. Must be a billionaire thing. LOL