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Inquiring minds want to know. Is Mike Bloomberg for real? Could he be elected president in November?

Probably not. But anything is possible. Keep an eye on him.

Bloomberg made $60 billion inventing a computer terminal that tracks stocks. Like Donald Trump, who was a New Yorker for life until his tax law lowered his state deductions, causing him to move to Florida which has no state income tax, Bloomberg also is from New York. The two men loathe each other. And Bloomberg intends to spend $1 billion to try to defeat Trump, whether he’s the Democratic Party nominee or not.

That is the thing. The Democratic Party is so fractured between liberals and establishment types that it wants to mess this election up its own way. It does not want an “outsider” (Bloomberg was a Republican when he was the three-term mayor of New York City) coming in and “buying” the nomination.

Also, Bloomberg was mayor when “stop and frisk” was imposed in New York, permitting police officers to stop citizens (read: mainly blacks and Hispanics) for whatever reason they could think of and check them for guns.

Surprisingly, in a nationwide poll Bloomberg took 22% of the approval of African Americans away from former Vice President Joe Biden, who seems to have lost his get-up-and-go momentum to get the nomination, coming in an embarrassing fifth in New Hampshire.

We have no idea yet which wing of the party will prevail, if either. The candidates are rising and falling weekly, but the party hasn’t fallen in love yet.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who came in second in Iowa and first in New Hampshire, is not even a Democrat.

He calls himself a democratic socialist, which makes Trump chortle with glee. Wait until Trump sets out to “define” for America what that means. It will come out sounding like something akin to communism on steroids.

But Sanders has received only a fourth of the Democratic votes cast thus far, and fewer voters have chosen him than in 2016. Even though a national poll says he would beat Trump in a face off, that is not how our electoral system works. Popular vote doesn’t determine the winner. (Ask Hillary Clinton, who got almost 3 million more votes than Trump did in 2016 but lost the Electoral College big time.)

According to the Quinnipiac Poll, Bloomberg would win over Trump by nine points. Again, we don’t elect the president by a national popular vote. Fresh off an impeachment acquittal, with a decent economy, the power of the federal government, huge amounts of money and a big bag of dirty tricks, Trump is already campaigning hard in states he needs to win. Bloomberg hasn’t even been on a ballot yet

But Bloomberg is everything Trump is not — civil, thoughtful, visionary and self-made (Trump inherited his money and filed six times for bankruptcy). He is liberal on social issues and conservative on economic issues. Many think it would be refreshing to have a tantrum-free adult as president.

Bloomberg has also led national efforts for new gun laws and against smoking and sugary soft drinks, which undoubtedly would lead Trump to dub him a national nanny.

Bloomberg boasts that as mayor he cut the number of uninsured New Yorkers by 40% and increased the graduation rate by 42%. He helped rebuild the city after 9/11.

By one reporter’s estimation, Bloomberg is spending $38 a second on national ads with his own money. He vows to take not one dime from special interests, insisting, “we’re not just going to win in 2020 — we’re going to win clean.”

If elected, he promises to “save Obamacare” and guarantee everyone health care while letting those who like their current insurance keep it. He says he will protect Social Security and Medicare and “create good jobs with good wages.” He insists he will shepherd common-sense gun safety reforms through Congress and “finally take climate change seriously.”

Millions of Americans are ready for a serious fight this autumn over real issues with real plans and real numbers on how to pay for health care, education, infrastructure and new research and development to keep America ahead in the global economic challenge.

A race between Bloomberg and Trump could be interesting and informative for the country because Bloomberg most likely would not permit Trump to get away with a reality TV show of distractions, nasty slurs and nicknames.

There is now an even chance we will find out.

Ann McFeatters is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Readers may send her email at amcfeatters@nationalpress.com.

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Mr.Johnson

Mr. Hive, I am however amazed at how quickly Democrats are looking the other way in regards to Bloomberg “Just to claim a win?"

Mr.Johnson

Geez Mr. Hive , didn’t mean to get you all “worked up”. Just me being sarcastic.

Seriously, In order for Bloomberg to win he needs to convince Michelle Obama to be his running mate.

Hive

Bo, You must really be dim!

Mr.Johnson

Bloomberg needs HRC to overcome the racist comments he made in regards to stop and frisk and redlining. Hillary has the secret “Hot Sauce “to win the Black vote Oh wait more trouble for Bloomberg as his demeaning comments about women are coming out. HRC can’t fix that she had her own demeaning comments about women. Geez, this Bloomberg guy is worse than Trump with 10 times the moola. We need Yang back in the race. He is squeaky clean and not a Pol.

Hive

Unless, of course, Bloomie is dumb, and teams with Clinton VP, then we will witness the continued destruction of our fleeting American experiment, which spells the end of "government of and by the governed! Believe it.

Hive

Bloomberg will be the Dem nom. Can he shut our tea-drinkers, like the great LIC? LIar In Chief? Depends which liar spends more...or which voters show!

Hive

Ventura's win put Coleman (R) down permanently.

Me? Voted Ventura and glad, and even recall where I was, when I heard the surprising news. But, to me the best the Hoi Polloi (us) ever had since 1955 was Carlson(R).

But, After Vent won, Pawlenty, (R) leader; Swiggem, another MN republican dinger from Kenyobn and Morse a snake DFLer, decided to shut Ventura down, MEANING what?

Meaning voters were shuttered as well as Ventura, as liar-pols ruled...you know the jerks we reelect and expect better... want a def of insane and what goes round...? Duh!

A lesson in special sessions and why I now never vote for a sitting pols who has been in office two years. I woke up. Do the same, take responsibility...we get deserved madness.

Cripes, even Wellstone lied!

All pols are predators who cannot hold a job.

Look at Miller, Draskowski and the Pelowski guy who will take checks from SS, Pera and MN. He did what? Attend special sessions and follow party lines?

And, will spend tax monies when Pelowski quits formally, after doing squat for dodger MN citizens but lots for teadchers and WSU and his golf game, as students cringe. Pure predator!

Feel good?

jdinfinity3

Nod Hive, was talking about our ol' governor, Ventura. Not saying he was the best man in office, but only time I felt vote mattered.

Anyways as you've seen me harp on several times in years past Hive, our political system is slow, clunky and outdated. One of many things Europe has us killed on in addition to transportation infrastructure, education, etc..etc..etc..

We need to abolish the 2 party system and get to FPP and proportional representation. Then we our nuances and differences can be more accurately represented in Congress, even if it means more extremist parties.

Also, don't forget what we talked about at the bar. Be nice to see you reap what you sow as well, in addition to myself. Will try my best, even if you forgot...

Hive

Jesse compares to Arne Carlson? IMO, not even close. Besides, JV is for JV - only - just like POTUS and his choir, and still is...judging by what he does!

Mr.Johnson

Mr. Hive “ We are still coping”. Would that not indicate that we have survived? Regan, Bush and most likely Trump only serve two terms. Unfortunately the damning Democrate Congressional decisions makers are voted in time after time. They are with us for decades promoting havoc.

Einstein- “ Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.“

Hive - “We get the government we deserve.”

Hive

Might be the numbers of presidents quoted is wrong...point is...

Hive

As Bo and his shadow ID have commented wrongly, "we have survived 44 (presidents) and will survive...) Wrong! We are still coping with what Reagan, and Busch and some damning Democrate Congressional decisions/or lack thereof...

Central and South America, the Mideast, Syria and more...as the population grows, the world shrinks...and America becomes less important...we need more than willfulness, much more.

Hive

JD have to point something out. I think I know what you meant, but Perot did not win and was not supposed to win...voters decide. Subtle but, it is what it is!

Moreover, Perot was not a "Trump" type? Not so subtle a point!

Trump may be a lying soundrel and willful bully and it may be too late to fix the damage he will cause America...

but this selfish boy who cries wolf dinger does outline the how and why of our apathy and need to "live freedom" by valuing it in all doings.

As it is, we only flinch when someone (govt) says we cannot have something...wants and on occasion, needs are denied by elected who are as selfish as us...the Jeannies of the world, or, the greedy, dim Trumps of Earth...and there are lots of them, aren't there Bo?

jdinfinity3

Meh.

I still want some 3rd party candidate to finally do what Perot should've done umpteen years ago and win the election.

Only time in my life I felt my vote mattered was when the 'Body' won. Every politician has just been a waste since and before.

Hive

Nice money...lotta moola spent by dude what despises gross, dim bullies...

Ann - please!

Dodger's gonna eat POTUS alive. Gonna be class vs crass.

Believe it!

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