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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-07 11:38 AM
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Why I Hate Bloomberg
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/54699/#more

Why I Hate Bloomberg

Posted by Adam Howard at 4:48 AM on June 20, 2007.

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First of all, he was a Democrat before 2001. He clearly realized that he couldn't win the Democratic nomination that year without getting involved in an expensive slugfest with Freddy Ferrer and Mark Green so he just *poof* becomes a Republican. There is no amount of money you could pay me to ever become a Republican, I just hold certain principles that I can't just ignore to sign on with those clowns, but Bloomberg never had that problem. And now in 2008, Bloomberg sees that being a Republican is totally not cool and plus he'd have no chance in a GOP primary, so now *poof* I'm an independent.

Does anyone else notice a pattern here? Bloomberg only cares about winning and he doesn't care about who he's affiliated with or the cost. Speaking of cost, this man has billions at his disposal and although that doesn't necessarily mean he's a horrible person, it is a fact that he has used that money to essentially buy two mayoral elections and squash all opposition to himself. Aww man and when he brought the GOP convention to town that blew...

It's true the Democrats in New York seem to be good at only two things right now: corruption and infighting. But this is a liberal town and I hate seeing some faux-bi partisan Republican running the show.

As far as his White House prospects go, I'm scared. New York City is great at making myths. People who have never stepped foot in this city have really strong ideas about what it's like and how it functions. Hence the fact that people from outside the city often are afraid to visit me in Brooklyn because they assume every corner is crime infested. Look at Giuliani, New Yorkers know better, but a lot of Americans don't. And right now Bush has lowered the bar so low that Bloomberg's four-star "competancy" suddenly makes him seem like a reasonable option.

Ultimately though, I'm more afraid of Bloomberg acting as a spoiler for the Democrats, so we end up with a President Mitt Romney or whomever. Thankfully, Jonathan Singer has compiled a chart which theorizes what a Bloomberg independent candidacy could do, and the results are actually somewhat heartening.

The thing is though, that by February of next year, barring some real close results or a huge upset, we will know both party's nominees, and if recent history has proven anything there will be a brief honeymoon and then an almost immediate round of serious buyer's remorse. Bloomberg with all his billions, can waltz in whenever he pleases and can snatch victory away from the two broken down nominees. God, I hate that guy...

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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-07 11:46 AM
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1. I wonder why the author sees Bloomberg as a Democratic spoiler...
if anything, he'd be a spoiler for the Republicans. I say run, Bloomberg, run!
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-07 12:04 PM
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3. Have you read DU?
We have plenty of people here who would rather have Bloomberg than ever vote for Demon Hillary. I'm just assuming they're all former Nader voters. Remember dear Ralph?

The essayist above left out Bloomberg's attempt to DESTROY New York's political parties by making it possible to run WITHOUT a party affiliation, just lots of money. We defeated that initiative, just like we defeated his stadium in Manhattan and his misguided attempt to bring the Olympics to New York. He's not a monster. But he also has no use for democratic process, and he believes he knows better than anyone.
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-07 12:48 PM
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5. No. I have never read DU.
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LBJDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-07 12:06 PM
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4. It can go both ways
He'll mostly get supporters who are anti-war but socially libertarian. This group includes both potential Republicans and potential Democrats.

Plus, as an anti-Second Amendment, pro-choice New Yorker, his appeal in Republican stronghold states is limited.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-07 11:48 AM
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2. Green would have been pasted in the election. Better to lose to Bloomie than some other R. nt
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-20-07 03:38 PM
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6. I don't live in NY so my opinion is strictly observation from afar, but
I like the guy a lot better than Rudy! Yes he has a lot of money, but I've heard he's dramatically improved race relations in NY after Rudy screwed them up royaly, and he at least sounds like a smart guy.

I realize he uses both political parties to his own benefit, but that alone doesn't disqualify him in MY mind.

I wouldn't vote for him, but I believe he would be more of a Pub spoiler than a Dem one, especially if he chose Hagel as his running mate. I wouldn't mind seeing a monkey wrench thrown into the Pub campaign. It would be a little added insurance policy for the Dems.
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