How Mike Bloomberg Helped Us
If you read between the lines his impact on this election was positive for America
Following a drubbing on Super Tuesday, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg dropped out of the race for President and threw his support behind former Vice President Joe Biden. While many people did not end up voting for him, some good things came out of his run.
Bloomberg’s entry into the race and his extraordinary spending caused a proverbial come to Jesus moment for many Democratic voters. Many voters began to see how disorganized the party was and wondered if they were really going to let a former Republican buy their nomination. After being embarrassed in the debates by Senator Elizabeth Warren, many Democrats decided to switch their vote back to Biden. This self-realization may be what saves the Democratic Party from an embarrassing contested convention and caused the first sign of party unity in the entire campaign.
His campaign also gave labor a voice. Issues like charter schools were not being talked about until Bloomberg entered the race. However, with him in the race, teachers' unions began to speak up about how rough it was to work under his leadership. Similarly, the Stop and Frisk issue gave police and the PBAs a forum to talk about Stop and Frisk. The PBA, who never likes their boss, were able to live up to their reputation and signaled to the Democrats that if Bloomberg was the nominee, no cops would be voting for him. With the selection of Biden, if he is the nominee, there is a chance some will be voting for the Democratic nominee. I know a few that are open to it.
With money not being an object, Bloomberg was able to run ads in states that don’t usually hear presidential ads like New York and California. Since these states have large Democratic votes we usually don’t hear from the candidates. However, these states also have high union density so it was good to see ads that were focused on us. We tend to get ignored in the conversation, but Bloomberg made us feel like a part of it.
He gave us a sneak peek at the evil of Facebook. When he was running, you couldn’t go on Facebook without seeing his ads. That means that he can really shape the conversation in a good or bad way. In the general election, they will become a dangerous tool for the evil and helpful for the righteous, because Facebook will run any ad as Bloomberg showed. As we have said before, Facebook should be banned from running political ads and Trump is President because of them.
He energized the black vote. Before Bloomberg got into the race, we didn’t know who African Americans would have supported. Both Biden and Sanders claimed to have inroads and claimed to have built a multi-racial coalition. Bloomberg made them realize how important their vote is. Thanks to his time in office, important civil rights issues like stop and frisk became major issues that were discussed in the debates. Bloomberg was even forced to apologize for the policy, something I think was good for humanity. After Bloomberg’s term in New York, we swept it under the rug but running for president brought it back out into the light. Too often when talking about stop and frisk people only talked about the merits, but his campaign also forced him to come to terms with the evils of the policy. On Super Tuesday, African American voters united behind Biden and gave him a sweep of the South and put him in the driver's seat for the nomination.
Let’s be honest, most of the Democratic primary campaign was pretty boring. There were a lot of candidates with no chance of winning and some popular candidates that fizzled out way too early. However, when Bloomberg jumped in and started spending millions of dollars on the race, people started talking and following it. His late entry gave some added energy to a somewhat long-winded and sometimes boring presidential candidate debate. Some 20 million people tuned in to watch the billionaire face-off with the Democratic Socialist and a Senator, Elizabeth Warren, who made her name going after billionaires and bad companies. Thanks to Bloomberg the Democratic Primary became kitchen table talk.
Another case of the classic underdog. Sure he was a billionaire but he was also the second Jewish candidate on the ballot. In most years it would be a huge story to just have one, but Bloomberg added to the amazing diversity of the Democratic field. Plus, a New York City Mayor running for President really is the ultimate underdog story since none have ever successfully won the nomination.
Bloomberg’s campaign was also a big moment for the MeToo movement. He was yet another story of a man in power abusing his subordinates because he is thinking with his dick. While we might not officially know what happened we hope that the drubbing he took gives his victims who were silenced by NDA’s a sense of justice. While that is something that only they can attest to, we like to think they saw that we cared about them and that people like Senator Warren used her power to give them a voice.
A voice for Public Employees. If you worked in New York City under Bloomberg, you know it wasn’t easy. He refused to negotiate new contracts with many of the public sector unions and in some cases tried to break the union like he did with the teachers. Many people in the city who worked for him didn’t like him and his run for President let them voice their issues with him and now New Yorkers' opinion of him mattered to voters across the country.
He spent $500 Million. While many people are joking that Bloomberg spent all that money to win American Samoa, he did spend a large amount of money running ads not touting his campaign but rather attacking Trump. With Democrats focused on winning the primary, the first half of Bloomberg’s campaign seemed exclusively focused on beating up Trump. Bloomberg has also pledged to continue spending money to defeat Trump and to help the Democratic nominee. Just hours after he dropped out, Bloomberg was already forming a new political committee and rehiring campaign staff.