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HORIST: What did Michael Bloomberg accomplish?

HORIST: What did Michael Bloomberg accomplish?

In the broadest view, we can say without fear of refutation that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent a LOT of money and got very few delegates – approximately 60 — in his quest for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Using simple arithmetic – and a fair estimate of his campaign expenditures of around $600 million – it appears he paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $19 million per delegate.  Very expensive neighborhood, indeed.  But no sympathy for Bloomberg.  That expenditure is only one percent of his net worth.

By way of comparison, the Chicago Democrat machine pays voters bout $20 to cast Democrat ballots.  It is called “street money.”  Had Bloomberg paid voters directly – like they do in Chicago — he would have garnered 30 million votes.

In evaluating Bloomberg’s entrance and exit for the race, we can look at negative outcomes, positive impacts and what the future holds for one of the top ten richest men in the world.

Negative outcomes

Bloomberg has a reputation as one of the most intelligent men in the world.  A shrewd operator who rarely makes a mistake – and never a big one.  So … what made such a smart guy believe that he could skip early primaries, spend more money than any candidate in history – and more than all his competitors combined – duck the first debates, avoid pressing the flesh and win the nomination?

Obviously, he thought that he could flood the media markets with slick advertisements that show him as a two-dimensional figure espousing focus group-tested talking-points.  He thought he would sell that man on the screen. Smart guy should have known better. Ergo, Bloomberg’s reputation for being a highly intelligent chap took a well-deserved hit.

When finally seen in the pit of political combat, the image of that man on the screen faded and the American public could see quite a different person.  First of all, he was a lot shorter than most people believed.  He was not terribly articulate – and a terrible debater.

There were also some unseemly parts of his history that had been out of sight before he finally stepped into the bright spotlight of public scrutiny – and opposition research.  Turned out that Bloomberg had a significant history of inappropriate behavior with women – so much so that he had engaged in a number of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) to silence the ladies.  That certainly did not go over well in the age of the #MeToo Movement.

Although it was clear that among the Democrat contenders, Bloomberg opposed Sanders almost as much as he hated President Trump.  Still, the Bloomberg campaign gave Sanders a good lead-off by taking support away from former Vice President Joe Biden.  If the Democrats are forced into a chaotic brokered convention or Sanders somehow still wins the nomination, you can blame Bloomberg.

Positive Impacts

For any positive impacts, you must look at it from the standpoint of the Democratic Party.  After all, it is the Democratic Party he has been hoping to help – as a candidate or as a fat cat.  It appears that Bloomberg’s few hundred million dollars in political ads directed against President Trump had no more effect on public opinion than they did in building support for Bloomberg’s campaign.  Trump’s favorable rating appears to have even increased a bit during that time.

Bloomberg’s presence in the race most certainly delayed the coalescence of Biden’s support.  But as a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat establishmentarian, Bloomberg ultimately helped Biden by his consistent opposition to Senator Bernie Sanders.  Bloomberg’s money and campaign brought him a level of notoriety so that his ultimate endorsement of Biden had more impact.  Had Bloomberg not run, an earlier endorsement of Biden would have hardly been a blip on the political radar – largely ignored by national media.

Of course, the BIG benefit to Biden and the Democrats is M-O-N-E-Y.  Without those billions being dangled in front of the #NeverTrump Movement, Bloomberg would have zero impact.  He is more than a run-of-the-mill billionaire.  He is a mega-billionaire who can spend unimaginable amounts of money – as compared to guys like Tom Steyer, who could not come close to matching Bloomberg if he had donated his entire fortune.

The idiotic federal elections laws in America enable Bloomberg to have a real impact even though candidates are limited to a piddly $2700 they can take from an individual.  Bloomberg can – and will – set up an independent expenditure committee through which he can spend as much as he likes to support candidates – as long as he does not coordinate … collude … or conspire with them.  He will expend more “fat” than any fat cat in American history.

Future Outlook

With that kind of money, Bloomberg has proposed to spend defeating Trump, the future options are almost limitless.  If he wants to go into what is laughingly called “public service,” he could get almost any cabinet position he desires.  The Democratic Party would also bless any office he might seek in the future – governor, senator.

On the other hand, Bloomberg may prefer to run around as an unbelievably rich person —  letting the political and charitable worlds bow at his feet.   Not a bad option.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. gary cox

    Keep doing what you do; I don’t always agree with every issue but I respect the thought you put into it.

  2. Michael Gangemi

    He accomplished One thing for sure ! ( Made a Bigger ASS of himself than anyone thought possible) and secondly showed the country he is aligned with all the feckless bastards pushing the World order bull crap. Here’s a news flash for ya !
    America will explode into a civil War Against the Unlawful Democratic Party in such a way that even schools will burn to the ground for teaching anti American rhetoric . The military will side with the people simply because they are the people ! That’s 350 million people against A couple thousand , See the stupidity in the Democratic Party for what it is ! Bubble gum is smarter !

  3. Laura Wagner

    In other words, Bloomberg has just demonstrated how democrats in particular and politicians in general are bought and sold… He also showed that most have no integrity at all. Where he is concerned, Omar is correct. Sad to say…and see.

  4. Kurt Walker

    I think Bloomberg accomplished something. He muddied the water enough to get Biden in a lead position and join the DNC in defeating Bernie Sanders. He will REALLY spend some money now getting Biden the nomination and if necessary BUY Bernie out. Don’t think for a minute Bernie can’t be bought. First he doesn’t know he can win. And if Bloomberg wants him gone he can just about name his price, within a few million of course.

  5. Linde Barrera

    When I was employed as a NYC public school teacher between 1996-2014, I (and my colleagues) suffered through 12 years of Michael Bloomberg’s mayoralty. One of the dumbest and most dishonest comments he made in that time went something like this: “When it comes to teaching, experience does not matter.” Really, Mr. Bloomberg? I have learned that I was not the same teacher in my 6th year as I was in my 3rd year, and I was a much better teacher in my 10th year than I was in my 6th year. Teaching is like driving; you must pay careful attention! (And of course you have to make sure your class of 25 or more students is understanding the concepts you are teaching them.) So it would have been more honest of Mayor Mike to say: “I do not want to pay more money to experienced teachers past their current salary step.”

    Furthermore, Mayor Bloomberg believed that businessmen were better suited to design tests than teachers were. Really, Mr. Bloomberg? Pedagogues study about how children learn and are trained to help their students achieve. Businessmen create trick test questions that even teachers can have a hard time answering correctly, as happened with me and a colleague of similar education levels-we both had a Master’s Degree but could not agree on the answers to 2 questions on a 3rd grade English Language Arts rest in 2014!

    I am very glad Michael Bloomberg is no longer a contender for President. I hope he never enters another political race and sticks to his stocks and his news outlet. Respectfully submitted, Linde Barrera, March 8, 2020.

  6. Beach

    When he speaks he sounds like he has mouth full of marbles – very irritating

  7. David Barron

    Injected a lot of money back into the economy.

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