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Monday, June 18, 2012

Today in the Aristrocracy: Bloomberg and Kerry and Romney

Posted by on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 2:22 PM

1. Billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he thinks Mitt Romney would make a better president than Barack Obama, but he hates Romney's stance on social issues:

During the event, Mr. Bloomberg said that he believed Mr. Romney would probably be better at running the country than Mr. Obama, according to two guests.

But Mr. Bloomberg said he could not support Mr. Romney because he disagreed with him on so many social issues, these two people said. The mayor mentioned two such issues: abortion rights and gun control.

I happen to think that Bloomberg is wrong about Romney—there's going to be a lot of discussion this fall about whether the country should be run like a business—but I wonder how many independents feel the same way as him. Despite all his money, Bloomberg does seem to have an eerie ability to tap into exactly what ordinary independents are thinking.

2. The Obama campaign has chosen millionaire John Kerry to stand in for Mitt Romney in their practice presidential debates:

Kerry was a key surrogate on behalf of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) when he defeated Romney in 1994. And Kerry closely observed Romney’s successful 2002 gubernatorial campaign, where his performance in debates against Democrat Shannon O’Brien were believed to have helped him win.

This is a very smart move, but it's also a funny one, because that whole "Mitt Romney 2012 is John Kerry 2004" meme will never die, and this is only more fuel for that particular fire, which must drive Romney nuts.


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There's no such thing as an "ordinary independent." Independents are an endlessly varied group which includes Democrats In All But Name, Republicans In All But Name, High Information Centrist Independents and Very Low Information Voters who really haven't got a clue what's going on. Bloomberg, if he speaks for anyone, speaks only for HICIs and perhaps some RIABNs. He has nothing on DIABNs and VLIVs.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on June 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM · Report this
treacle 2
God, if I hear actual discussion coming from the GOP/Rmoney camp about how we "should run this country like a business", I'm going to vomit.

Let's review: Businesses are in business TO MAKE MONEY.
The government is in operation to START WARS.

Let's not mix the two. shall we?
Posted by treacle on June 18, 2012 at 3:07 PM · Report this
I hope there isn't *that* much conversation about running our government like a businesses.

They are categorically NOT THE SAME.

One is service delivery system. The other, is to make money.

People saying otherwise, should be made to feel so bad that they suicide.

Posted by SweetDarkLord on June 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 4
The last two "businessmen" to be president:
1. George W Bush - Great Recession
2. Herbert Hoover - Great Depression

Bloomberg is rich but wrong. Obama's done everything Capital wants except blow bankers on Bloomberg TV.
Posted by Max Solomon on June 18, 2012 at 3:12 PM · Report this
maxk 5
How does Obama have a better stance on guns? His inaction in allowing the assault weapons ban to expire is the only real impact he's had on gun control. I don't see any difference between the two of them.
Posted by maxk on June 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM · Report this
Romney is the opposite of Kerry.

In order to satisfy both the radical left and the moderates of the Democrats Kerry had to be a bipolar gun toting peacenik intellectual pothead shitkicker.

Obama avoided this by having Hillary in there to be his "wingman" the dowdy half of the Dems someone to keep them in the party, while he ran off with the jet set urban elite vote.

Same with Romney who somehow won the election without being the least bit beholden to any of the extremist elements...Santorum, Paul and Gingrich being his wingmen.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on June 18, 2012 at 7:59 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 8
@4: You forgot Harry Truman who ran a haberdashery, and George H. W. Bush who ran an oil company.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney on June 18, 2012 at 9:13 PM · Report this
Fish Wrench Asteroid 9
government shouldn't be run like a business, it should be run like a family. You're welcome Obama.
Posted by Fish Wrench Asteroid on June 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM · Report this

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