Bloomberg Has to Win the Right to Face Trump [OPINION]
Many poor Democrats are giddy this morning over the prospect of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg getting in the race for the party's nomination for president. Who can blame them? The race has offered little to get excited about so far.
CNN is referring to Bloomberg as "the antidote to Donald Trump" and "the no-nonsense businessman who righted New York City after the September 11 attacks." Wasn't that America's Mayor, Rudy Giuliani? What can you expect from CNN anyway?
Even some weak-kneed Trumpsters are nervous at the prospect of Bloomberg getting in the ring.
"He could be the one guy who could beat Donald Trump," writes "Eric" on one political blog I follow.
Real Trump supporters disagree.
Bloomberg may seem moderate by today's standards but don't let him fool you, he is still just another liberal Democrat. Remember how Mitt Romney and John McCain used to be thought of as conservatives and mavericks until they showed that they were no more than simple RINOs? Bloomberg is a liberal.
Also, remember that Bloomberg cannot defeat Trump until he can defeat the field of loony-toons in his own party who are competing for the nomination. Just because the media says Bloomberg is Superman doesn't mean that he is.
Ask yourself what Bloomberg brings to the table that the others do not have? He is just another old, white, rich, male, liberal. How does this draw black, Hispanic and female voters back into the fold? It doesn't. Bloomberg may have $53 billion but he is 77 years old. Just like Joe Biden. Another 77-year-old rich white guy.
The base of the Democrat party is looking for diversity. Bloomberg is not what they are looking for. Bloomberg might get an initial bounce in the polls should he decide to pull the trigger but the excitement would be short-lived, and either he goes away or he spends a lot of money attempting to appear relevant.
Bloomberg will not win the Democrat nomination.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.