The Afternoon Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Say it ain’t so, Mikey! – Y’all, Mike Bloomberg is not running for president. Counseling sessions for all 12 of you devastated fans will begin at 10:00 tomorrow.
One of the most entertaining aspects of this Democrat race for the loser’s ring thus far has been watching how our fake news media considers it to be big “news” when a billionaire like Bloomberg or Tom Steyer makes his inevitable announcement that he’s not really going run, not at all.
Why is this news? This is the fourth time we’ve been through this breathless ‘Is he in? Is he out?’ nonsense with the former New York City Mayor. He’s played the same game in every election cycle since 2008. That he was going to end up not running was pretty much a certainty. The only semi-mystery was how he would communicate the “news.” This time, he made his announcement by publishing an “op/ed” in …wait for it….BLOOMBERG, the media outlet that carries his name because he owns it.
In what all the social justice warriors would no doubt call an op/ed of white privilege, he said this, in part:
“Should I devote the next two years to talking about my ideas and record, knowing that I might never win the Democratic nomination? Or should I spend the next two years doubling down on the work that I am already leading and funding and that I know can produce real and beneficial results for the country, right now? I’ve come to realize that I’m less interested in talking than doing.”
Translated into plain English, he knew he couldn’t win, so he decided to just go and blow half a billion of his personal fortune supporting other socialist candidates who call themselves Democrats.
That’s all fine, but can we please quit pretending it’s “news”? Because it isn’t. Not at all.
A bit of real, actual news is that former Attorney General Eric Holder also announced on Tuesday that he not running in 2020. That is actual news because, unlike with Bloomberg, there was valid reason to believe Holder would make a run, given that he has spent the last two years making speeches in key primary states like New Hampshire and Iowa, and seemingly making other preparations necessary to mount a real campaign.
The utterly-corrupt Holder, who, as Attorney General illegally ran guns to Mexican drug cartels and otherwise proudly served as Barack Obama’s “wingman,” made his announcement late Monday night on Stephen Colbert’s show where he knew he wouldn’t be asked any tough questions. Because being curiosity-free zones for Democrat politicians is what all the late night talk shows have become over the last two years.
Here is how bankrupt for talent the Texas Democrat Party truly is. – They’re thinking about putting Wendy Davis up against incumbent Republican Senator John Cornyn when he runs for re-election in 2020.
Yes, that Wendy Davis, the Wendy Davis who was, with the help and funding of a bunch of Obama minions, going to “turn Texas blue” back in 2014 in her race against Greg Abbott for the state’s governorship. She was such an unmitigated disaster in that campaign that she ended up pulling just 39% of the vote, crushed by a 20% margin. Even poor, under-funded Lupe Valdez, who the Texas Democrat Party basically abandoned amid their attack of Beto fever last year, made a much better showing than Ms. Davis did, ultimately cutting Abbott’s winning margin to just 12%.
Nevertheless, should San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro ultimately decide not to challenge Cornyn, Wendy, not Lupe, is the Democrats’ backup plan.
My goodness. You seriously cannot make this stuff up.
Determining an order of succession became necessary last week when media darling Irish Bob O’Rourke finally made up his very strange mind to pass on challenging Cornyn for his seat. That made perfect sense. When you think it through, the ultra-leftist Beto has a far better chance of becoming the Democrat presidential nominee than he does of winning a statewide race in Texas, where no Democrat has prevailed in such a race for a full quarter-century now.
Those who disagree with that assertion by pointing to O’Rourke’s close, 3-point loss to Ted Cruz are missing the boat here. Cruz is as controversial in Texas as he is in Washington, and there are plenty of Texas Republicans who simply won’t vote for him under any circumstances. That, combined with Irish Bob’s $50 million spending advantage in the race, is why that race was far more competitive than any other Texas statewide contest.
No Democrat is going to have that advantage vs. Cornyn, and Big John is about a controversial in Texas as the average Rio Grande Valley cantaloupe. Despite Texas’s shifting demographics, the race against Cornyn is a double-digit deal from start to finish, and Castro would be well-advised to skip it himself and hold onto that seat in congress until he can run against Cruz when he’s up again in 2024. By then, demographics will have presumably shifted even further, Beto fever will have run its course, and Castro will be the party’s best option in a race against Cruz.
Should Castro make the smart decision here, that would leave the Democrats in the lurch in the big race on the Texas ballot in 2020. If Wendy Davis is really the party’s backup plan, they are well and truly screwed.
That is all.
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