1. Mark Plotkin is a really subpar political reporter...
I listen to his reports on WTOP all the time...on DC politics, which was his old beat at WAMU, he is fairly good. At 'TOP he tries to discuss Maryland, Virginia, and National politics...and you can tell he is really over his head. At times it sounds like he is just combing the papers that morning and rephrasing them for his report.
5. Bloomberg has the potential to crush ANY Dem, the American Sarkozy
Edited on Wed May-16-07 08:21 PM by billbuckhead
Bloomberg will be the most optimistic candidate since Reagan. Oddly, during a surge of liberal affiliation in the electorate, the Democrats will probably run very close to the center and genuine third way social-democrat could clobber them from the left. The Democrats and the gun nuts should never have pissed this guy off. The first Jewish president. Think about it, all the urban votes+ almost all of the suburban votes from coast to coast against any white Dem. The popular billionaire can run to the left of the Democratic nominee on all the issues that matter and still get more Independent votes than a 'bluedog" psuedo LIEbertarian Dem or a DLC Dem. Against PuKKKES, I bet he would do well against Romney or western Republicans. I can see him winning every blue state + Florida, New Hampshire, and Ohio.
I'm pretty much a one issue voter, I say follow the guns and you'll find a bunch of really bad guys like Cheney, Norquist, Cunningham, Zell Miller, American Enterprise Institute, ad nauseum.
9. He's short, kind of old and not especially attractive, and I've heard him
Edited on Wed May-16-07 08:41 PM by wienerdoggie
described as effeminate. Not sure if he has any charisma. Money can't buy that. He has some allegations of sexual harassment in his past, no Washington legislative experience, no foreign policy or military experience. So he definitely has weaknesses--I'm assuming he'll hurt Dems more because he seems more like a Dem, but it could be that he doesn't hurt either party appreciably.
edit to add--if he runs with Hagel, though, it's a different ball game.
8. That's the point, a liberal R would be lethal if they could get nominated
Edited on Wed May-16-07 08:34 PM by billbuckhead
Bloomberg has the resources to go around all the need to be nominated as a Republican. Beside's the "brand" image of Republicans is at an all time nadir, the PuKKKe nomination is a boobie prize. The Democrats have had a zillion dollars of negative advertising combined with a hostile media thrown at them for a generation and would be vulnerable to an actual third way liberal with unlimited resources. That's why he has the opportunity to inspire people like Sarkozy, Bill Clinton or Reagan. Democrats keep taking urban voters for granted at their own peril.
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