People have been asking me what do I think about Michael Bloomberg entering the presidential race. I have to say that I’m not sure. Bloomberg supporters point to his success as mayor of New York and the fact that his wealth makes Donald Trump’s seem paltry. However, I can’t see the base of the Democratic party getting behind him. Bloomberg’s “stop and frisk” policy in New York was intensely criticized by Black and Hispanic advocates, and economic policies lean pretty far to the right. Contrary to what some people think, I like the fact that there are a variety of voices on the left. I wish there were more on the right as well. This country was built on debate and compromise and the more ideas we have to choose from the better policies we are likely to end up with. Whether he can win or not, I welcome Bloomberg’s ideas to the mix.
The latest polls show Bernie Sanders opening us a double-digit lead over his democratic rivals and with his big win in Nevada, momentum seems to be building. Donald Trump and his supporters appear to be delighted by this. I assume because they think Sanders would be the easiest Democrat to beat in a general election. Sounds eerily familiar.