Where billions would be best spent: Bloomberg should invest in getting out the vote for Democrats
Added 12-07-19 05:13:03am EST - “If former Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants to earn respect from people of color opposed to his stop-and-frisk racial profiling and from women offended by his misogynistic comments, he should not put money into his presidential campaign.” - Nydailynews.com
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If former Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants to earn respect from people of color opposed to his stop-and-frisk racial profiling and from women offended by his misogynistic comments, he should not put money into his presidential campaign. He should invest in sophisticated and intense get-out-the-vote efforts throughout the country to defeat President Trump. Tom Steyer, another mega-billionaire and presidential candidate, should do the same.
Together, they have spent more than $100 million so far on ads attacking the president. But attack ads are not enough to dump Trump in 2020; the vast majority of people who revile Trump know it already. The days of House impeachment hearings are coming to a close, and we can already anticipate that the Senate will not find him guilty of jaywalking, much less bribery.
The most important fight between Democrats and Republicans isn’t over removing Trump. It’s over getting out the vote.
Democratic primary voters get to decide soon who should be their nominee. Up to a point, Bloomberg and Steyer have every right to cash in on television and social media ads about themselves. But it’s unlikely either will ultimately win. And when they falter, as they likely will, they should promise huge chunks of money to turn out all manner of people who don’t support Trump.
That includes whites and people of color who voted for Barack Obama. It includes the college-educated, working-class, millennials and elderly, not only the extremely valuable swing-state Americans who voted for Obama and then Trump in 2016.
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