Monday, October 22, 2012

Is Nanny Bloomberg Abandoning The Nanny Party?

You can view Michael Bloomberg is a liberal in moderate's clothing. Or you can look at him as a harbinger of political fashion trends, running for mayor of New York  first as a Republican in 2000, but labeling himself an "Independent" by his final run in  2008.

But in either guise - limousine liberal or weather vane - these remarks, made to the New York Times, cannot help Democrats feel good about their chances some two weeks hence:

On his support for Scott Brown, and on Elizabeth Warren:

"You can question whether he’s too conservative. You can question, in my mind, whether she’s God’s gift to regulation, close the banks and get rid of corporate profits, and we’d all bring socialism back, or the U.S.S.R.”

On Obama's "signature achievement":

“It’s not clear to me that the health care law is an intelligent way to get costs under control and improve the efficiency of health care.”

On the folly of class warfare:

“I particularly don’t like a step function where anybody over or under ‘middle class’ — I don’t know what middle class is. But it’s different in every part of the country. It’s easy for me to say ‘You should live this way.’ But he shouldn’t, or I shouldn’t....

This business of ‘Well, they can afford it; they should pay their fair share?’ Who are you to say ‘Somebody else’s fair share?’

Mind you, this is all coming from a guy who's new PAC...

... Independence USA PAC, which was officially unveiled last week, has pledged to spend up to $15 million in the next two weeks on state, federal and local candidates whose views align with Mr. Bloomberg’s in support of gun control, same-sex marriage and overhauling public schools.

I don't think for a minute Nanny Bloomberg is the political center of anything, except his own universe.  He's just another liberal who claims to be moderate (like many "independents").  And yet if he cannot find common cause with Barack Obama or his cadre of candidates, how will the actual middle American react at the voting booth come November 6th?

That rumble under your feet...oh, hell, you know what that is...

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