My fellow Americans (No, not you Trombies, get lost), I stand before you today (actually, I’m sitting down, and I have no idea how you’re positioned) to announce my full and total support for the efforts of Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, and urge them to continue their public service into the future. No, you silly geese, I’m not talking about either one of them actually trying to become President, I’m talking about their fine works as a public service. And those two things are not necessarily married to each other, nor necessarily mutually compatible. Those of you who know me know that I had a vociferously negative reaction to Steyer’s jumping in the race, and my reaction was no better for Bloomberg. While I acknowledged in my editorial back then that I actually admired many of the things that Steyer had done after attaining a certain station, my opposition was simple. In my view, you can’t become a billionaire without believing that you’re the smartest one in the room, about everything. You’re ego simply won’t allow it, that’s how you got to be a billionaire in the first place. Unless you simply mooched off of Mommy and Daddums your entire life. So, no billionaire, whether it’s a Steyer or a Romney, a Bloomberg or a Trump, is worth a bowl of piss Jack Daniels, simply because they won’t listen to anybody else. But just because I don’t want either one of them to become President doesn’t mean that I want them to stop what they’re doing right now. No indeed, exactly the opposite. Personally, I admire Steyer quite a bit more, because he’s at least running a traditional campaign, and doing the ground work. Bloomberg is ignoring the early states, and most campaigning, counting on carpet bombing advertising in the Super Tuesday states to give him the name recognition to erase any delegate deficiencies from the early states. I don’t think that it will work, but one thing that they are both doing is already working. What they’re doing is spending money like a couple of drunken sailors on shore leave in Singapore. I can’t believe that any of you out there haven’t already been exposed to their ads. There is a pleasant sameness to their ads, and also an effectiveness. In all of their ads, they each tout their special qualities that make them qualified to be President. This is what you would expect of these candidates. But each of their ads also takes a 2×4 across the head of Traitor Tot. And f that isn’t a public service, then I don’t know what it. It’s critically important for two reasons. In Steyer’s case, it’s because he’s pummeling Trump with unrelenting vigor in the primary states, more money than all of the other Democratic candidates combined. And whether you’re going to vote for Steyer or not, that unrelenting negative messaging is getting into your head 24/7, by osmosis if nothing else.In the early primary states, Steyer’s spending alone is more than enough to offset whatever positive messaging the Trump forces are putting on the airwaves. And that aura of negativity about Trump makes it easier for all of the Democratic candidates to make their itch. The same is true, and perhaps even more important where Bloomberg is concerned. And that’s because Bloomberg is skipping the early states […]
You all know my feelings on Tom Steyer running for President. You could say that I’m a little cool on the idea, but that would be like saying that glaciers are a bit frosty. Democrats are in the streets protesting an incompetent billionaire running the country, and we have an incompetent billionaire running for President. Could you imagine a Trump-Steyer match up in the general election? That wold be like driving to the Talladega speedway to watch the charter buses race. Steyer’s rollout ad was an exercise in elf indulgent nonsense. In the ad, he brags about spending millions to register new voters, then bemoans the fact that corporate interests have taken over Washington. He tells people to vote for him so that he can get big money out of politics. Ummm, so a billionaire is going to get big money out of politics? Sounds to me more like the billionaire is big money in politics. What’s he going to do, give away all of his money and take a vow of poverty if he wins? The rest of Steyer’s ads are an endless litany of the myriad sins of Donald Trump. His bankruptcies, Trump Airlines, Atlantic City casinos, Trump University, the whole nine yards. Steyer swears that he alone can beat Trump (sound familiar?) by “exposing him for what he truly is, a failure and a fraud!” This will have to tide you over, since Steyer has yet to roll out a single position paper or concrete plan on any of the issues that the other candidates are knocking themselves out to provide. People criticized Jay Inslee for being a “single issue” candidate on climate change, but Steyer is the ultimate single issue candidate, “Trump bad, Steyer good!” Thanks, I think we’ve got it Tarzan. But Steyer seems intent in making an utter pain in the ass out of himself, and he has the means to do it. You’d think that he might take the hint when a mysterious bead lady channeling Madame DeFarge can get into two debates, but he can’t hit the mark. But Tom Steyer seems determined to hang around like your 8 year old brother when you and your crew want to split down to the river with a stolen 12 pack. So, fuck it. Let him in. Let’s just get this over with, and let him debate. Let’s make it like Saturday night at a peep show, get him in, get him off, and get him out. If they let Steyer in, that will mean a six candidate debate and a five candidate, which will be great, since it will give each candidate much more speaking time, while letting Steyer expose himself for the one-trick-pony that he is. Based on his past performances, it will go something like this; Moderator: The next question is for Mr. Steyer. Mr. Steyer, how would you leverage the need for the U.S. to convert to renewable energy into a wider infrastructure program? Steyer: Well Max, as you know, President Trump pulled us out of the Paris climate accord. I alone can fix that, by going head to head with Trump, and exposing him for what he is, a failure and a fraud! Moderator: Mr Steyer. What is your plan for improving healthcare in the United States while lowering costs to Americans? Steyer: Great question Judy. President Trump is actively trying […]
A subtle hint for the newest entry into the 2020 Democratic primaries, billionaire Tom Steyer. Go Home! And while you’re at it, take that loopy Oracle of Delphi, Marianne Williamson with you. We’re trying to conduct some serious business here. So Tom Steyer wants to be the next President of the United states, and he’s willing to spend $100 million to do it, huh? i have a question for you Mr Steyer. Are you sure that you’re thinking of the right party here? There are candidate like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren who won’t take special interest money, hell, Warren won’t even hold fundraisers, and the DNC included a debate qualification criteria for small, grassroots fundraising to make it easier for candidates to get onto the stage. And yet you want to come riding in on a white charger like Shane, checkbooks blazing, to save the town of Democracy from the wicked, evil Hole-In-The-Head-Gang? Give me a break! The last time I looked, there were Democratic candidates for President who were running in part on getting big money out of the political process! About 8 months ago, the entire freakin’ Democratic party publicly celebrated the victories of grassroots, small donor driven House candidates who overpowered entrenched incumbents with deep pockets. And now you want to carpet bomb the airwaves in every early primary state and beyond, drowning out the voices of highly qualified candidates, just to stoke your ego, and make your point that nobody messes with Tom Steyer? Those of you who read me regularly know that I have not been a fan of Tom Steyer and his tactics since day one. Sure there are many people who want Trump’s overstuffed ass out of the Oval Office, but polling shows that they’re in the minority. By spending millions of dollars in what is to Steyer Monopoly Money to pimp his online impeachment petition, Steyer has given them an oversized bullhorn, and this amplified minority is making it difficult for Nancy Pelosi and senior leadership to make sensible political decisions. There are so many ways that this can hurt the Democratic party. First, even an egomaniac like Michael Bloomberg determined that this was not a political environment conducive for a billionaire to run for President as a liberal, yet here comes Steyer, crashing around like Frankenstein’s monster in the countryside. Second, the image itself is terrible. The Democrats are surrounding the White House, with pitchforks and torches, over an inept, bungling, unqualified billionaire mucking up the body politic of this country, and here comes our own Bigfoot, wanting to trade out one elitist goof for another. Third, the entry of Steyer into the race gives Trump the greatest gift of all, a poster child to use to rally his base around. Whom better for Trump to rally all of the mouth breathers and cons
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