Michael Bloomberg, the liberal former mayor of New York, is considering running for President as an independent, to be determined by March.
It's like the elites are trying to prove the points being made here lately.
First, it provides yet another example of how our era's hyper-competitiveness has destroyed the ability of an elite group to promote its own group interests, where instead each individual career striver is pushing for their own personal ambitions (or at most including their nuclear family).
The Republican Establishment can't unite behind a single non-Trump candidate to give the frontrunner a run for his money, because every non-Trump candidate refuses to drop out. They're driven by personal ambition rather than the survival of the Party in its pre-Trumpian form.
The Democrat Establishment can't unite behind Hillary -- not because of Bernie, who is not a fellow Establishment member, but because of the feuding between the Clinton camp and the Obama camp, and between the Clinton camp and other federal bureaucracies, both of which have influence over her chances of getting the nomination. They're letting the investigation move forward regarding her unsecure email server with the most secret kinds of information stored on it. If the Democrat Establishment were so united, the investigation would not be proceeding at all.
Now Bloomberg comes in and floats the possibility of running as an independent. He is a liberal who's deeply in bed with Wall Street, just like Hillary. He would be sucking votes away from her rather than from Trump, and everyone knows it. His action is therefore a liberal version of group-destructive competitiveness. Certainly if he does run, it will be a case of liberal cannibalism.
But even if he ultimately does not run, merely floating this possible third-party run and letting it stay out there until March, is enough to unglue a good amount of support from Hillary. Some pro-Establishment voters would prefer Bloomberg over Hillary, so when he's offered as a choice, they're going to latch onto him rather than her. When he decides not to run, they are not as likely to switch back to her again. In that case, Hillary would be their unambiguous second choice -- not very exciting or energizing to get out to the polls -- rather than someone they managed to rationalize as their first choice, in the absence of more appealing alternatives.
Apart from internecine competition within supposedly monolithic groups, Bloomberg's possible run shows how out of touch the Establishment has become. He sees his best chances if Trump or Cruz get the Republican nomination, and Sanders the Democrat nomination. Why? Because then Bloomberg would be the only Establishment candidate left standing -- and you can just imagine how wildly the Jewish brain begins firing at the prospect of cornering a market.
Sure, perhaps some Establishment-desiring voters would stick with Trump or Cruz or Sanders out of party loyalty, but all the rest of them would have to go through Bloomberg if they wanted their desires represented in the general election.
Trouble is, Mikey, that voters couldn't be more vocal this time around about their utter disgust with and anger toward the Establishment principles of laissez-faire economics, including open borders, globalism, and elitism rather than populism. Indeed, in the scenario that Bloomberg considers to be his best shot, this anti-Establishment zeitgeist would be precisely why Trump / Cruz and Sanders would have received their party's nomination.
At least that's what a normal person would conclude. A normal person would also conclude that Bloomberg's best chances would be if Hillary and Jeb won the nominations, and Establishment candidates were clearly in high demand, so why not try to jump on the bandwagon?
In the mind of the insulated elite, however, they would see the success of Trump / Cruz and Sanders not as guided by purposeful laws (away from elitism and globalism, toward populism and nationalism), but rather as two great big freak accidents. Not just random noise distorting the pure signal -- rather an inversion of the intended signal, as though a guitar meant to sound a high note but actually let out a low note. And that this kept happening on two separate guitars, being played by the two biggest bands in the nation.
In the NYT article, the phrase that Bloomberg uses to describe what's going on with the Trump / Cruz / Sanders upheaval is "haywire" -- it's not supposed to happen this way! Well, hell, if those two parties are going haywire, then all I have to do is offer business as usual, and I'll have a great chance at attracting all those who are dissatisfied with their usual party's machinery going all haywire.
The man literally cannot conceive of election outcomes being influenced by what voters actually want -- it's all supposed to happen in a way that's planned, coordinated, and dominated by elites, and the voters are just supposed to pull a lever for this pre-approved option or that one.
In fact, that's why Bloomberg has waited until now to seriously plan a campaign. Before, it was Establishment Democrat vs. Establishment Republican, and he would not have had a monopoly on the supply of Establishment policies. Now that Trump is poised to get the Republican nomination, and Sanders stands a decent shot at getting it from the Democrats (or at worst, Hillary takes a beating from Sanders and remains unappealing), Bloomberg spies his opening to corner the market on Establishment policies.
Too bad this chucklehead hasn't been paying attention to the trend in the demand for Establishment policies. He's like some eBay scalper from 2000 buying up all the Beanie Babies after the fad was dead, blindly dreaming of instant riches.
Finally, he paid top dollar for a bunch of quants to provide "detailed studies" of every third-party Presidential campaign. Big data, big waste -- like I discussed in this earlier post. This election has no historical precedent from the time that we have any big data to analyze.
His team is focusing most on the 1980 and 1992 third party campaigns, even though those are useless today -- opposite of today, in fact. Those belong squarely within the laissez-faire renaissance period, and we are decisively moving in the opposite direction. The rules that governed those worlds are of no use in navigating this uncharted territory we are sailing into now.
Not to mention the fact that third-party candidates are typically anti-Establishment, or at least the farthest away from the elite consensus du jour. Running a third party in 2016, when Trump is a perfectly viable choice, would be pointless to the kinds of voters who would consider "voting third party". The Trump movement might as well be a third party in today's world, and soon it will displace the neoconservative majority in a major party.
In the scenario that would get the Bloomberg campaign rolling the hardest, the two major parties would be fielding anti-Establishment candidates, and he would be the sole Establishment choice. That is the exact opposite of the relationship between major-party and third-party candidates in 1980, 1992, 1912, or whenever else. How dumb can the data junkies get?
"We analyzed terabytes of data to micro-map the Arabian Desert, and we are confident that the results will show us the easiest path up Mount Everest."
After decades of insulation from real political competition, today's elites could not be more mind-blowingly retarded. And the atomic cognitive dissonance when they crash hard will only embolden the triumphant populists, who will discover just how unprepared and atrophied the Other Side has truly become.