Maybe Democrats should be more worried about their own billionaire allies

posted at 1:01 pm on April 18, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve heard almost nothing except Kochsteria from Democrats in 2014, starting with Harry Reid and working down to the grassroots level. Jill Lawrence argues at The Week that Democrats should be worried about their own billionaires than those of the Republicans, and not just because of hypocrisy. In 2014, their agendas — and their cash — will put them on a collision course with the party’s attempts to hold serve in the midterms:

Reducing gun violence and curbing global warming are high priorities for most Democrats. So theoretically, they should be thrilled about plans by like-minded billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer to pour money into this year’s midterm elections.

But there’s a huge catch: The uber-rich pair could help Democrats lose the Senate and do worse than expected in the House. …

Given Republican resistance to even accepting that climate change exists, much less doing anything about it, Steyer knows that a Democratic Senate would be more receptive to his crusade. Still, he put endangered Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, a chief oil-and-gas industry ally, on a list of potential targets.

The Bloomberg group is even more cavalier about party majorities, though Democrats are twice as open as Republicans to tightening gun laws. “The Senate is controlled by the Democrats and we weren’t able to pass background checks,” John Feinblatt, a Bloomberg adviser and president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said Wednesday on a conference call. Feinblatt said Bloomberg could not be clearer: “He is going to hold people accountable when they vote against gun safety and he’s going to reward those people who vote to keep Americans safer.”

It may not make a lot of difference anyway. Incumbent Democrats have a millstone around their necks called ObamaCare, and it’s going to get exponentially worse in the fall when the employer mandates come into effect. The Cadillac tax will force employers to downsize their plans — which, by the way, will also cut into the static-analysis expectations of revenue for the ObamaCare system, too. Some employers will see the taxes and the massive premium hikes coming for 2015 and conclude that it’s better to get out of the health-insurance business, which will throw millions into the individual exchanges, perhaps as many as 93 million down the road. That kind of churn and uncertainty will have a big impact on the midterm vote.

Some Democrats can see the train wreck coming from here. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) predicts that Democrats will lose the House and probably the Senate too, thanks to ObamaCare (via Legal Insurrection):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbwCU22xfiU

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, the lone member of the Bay State delegation to vote against Obama­care four years ago, now predicts the law’s botched roll-out will not only cost Democrats valuable House seats but could even jeopardize their control of the Senate in this year’s hotly contested midterm elections.

“We will lose seats in the House,” the plain-talking South Boston Democrat said in Boston Herald Radio’s studio yesterday, delivering a harsh diagnosis. “I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from the more experienced pollsters down there. And I think we may lose the Senate. I think that’s a possibility if things continue to go the way they have been … primarily because of health care.”

Lynch cuttingly questioned whether many of his colleagues who echoed President Obama’s health care promises even “read through the bill really,” noting that many mechanisms created to fund the law still aren’t in effect.

Among them, Lynch said, is a hefty tax on employers who offer so-called “Cadillac” plans that won’t come into play until 2018.

“There’s all these taxes and fees that are the tough medicine, that up to now they haven’t implemented. I don’t know who’s going to do that,” Lynch said. “Maybe … they expect the next administration is going to put these penalties in place. I think that’s the time it’s going to hit the fan.”

If that’s going to happen anyway, this might be the best cycle for Bloomberg and Steyer to make their point. Afteer all, they want their politicians to get back onto their reservations for the 2016 cycle, when it will really matter for Democrats. Consider this a shot across the bow.


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Watch out Hillary – Bloomberg has a massive ego – he may want to run

jake-the-goose on April 18, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I do believe Bloomy’s money helped the recalls of the gun grabbing Dems in Colorado last year. The polls shifted heavily against the Dems as soon as his donations to their cause were publicized.

So go for it Dems – tie your elections to Nanny Bloomy, Soros nad the rest.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Watch out Hillary – Bloomberg has a massive ego – he may want to run

jake-the-goose on April 18, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I dunno, after his recent declaration that he is going to just march PAST God into Heaven and not be “bothered” to speak with Him because he’s “earned it” Bloomberg is probably of the mentality that he’d just DECLARE himself President and that’s that.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

I do believe Bloomy’s money helped the recalls of the gun grabbing Dems in Colorado last year. The polls shifted heavily against the Dems as soon as his donations to their cause were publicized.

So go for it Dems – tie your elections to Nanny Bloomy, Soros nad the rest.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Amen

Roy Rogers on April 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I do believe Bloomy’s money helped the recalls of the gun grabbing Dems in Colorado last year. The polls shifted heavily against the Dems as soon as his donations to their cause were publicized.

So go for it Dems – tie your elections to Nanny Bloomy, Soros nad the rest.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

What I don’t understand is why people haven’t turned en mass against Obama yet… Obama is JUST as loathsome a Nanny Stater as Bloomberg. Hell, his fatass of a wife has cut school lunches down to a STARVATION diet.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

,,,Bloomberg is probably of the mentality that he’d just DECLARE himself President and that’s that.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

That’s brilliant – I love that – good hard laugh – so thank you

jake-the-goose on April 18, 2014 at 1:16 PM

No worries! Obama will suspend the employee mandate indefinitely!

John the Libertarian on April 18, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Democrats are a plague upon the land…

PatriotRider on April 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) predicts that Democrats will lose the House and probably the Senate too, thanks to ObamaCare

The Koch-topus got him.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on April 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM

What I don’t understand is why people haven’t turned en mass against Obama yet… Obama is JUST as loathsome a Nanny Stater as Bloomberg. Hell, his fatass of a wife has cut school lunches down to a STARVATION diet.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Because the Idiocracy is here.

And Moochelle probably did that so there would be more for her to stuff her own face.
“Let them eat small unsalted, no transfat rice cakes”

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

“Worry,” in what way ?

I don’t believe the Democrat billionaires are going broke any time soon . . . . . or isn’t that what you meant ?

listens2glenn on April 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Because none of it is his fault. He runs around to every celebrity journalist/late night talk show he can find and claims he is trying to prevent the very crap he is starting. That and he his half black/half white so of course he could never be the evil monster that all white W was.

Just for the record, I do not believe in the LIV. There are people in this country who are more than content with a communist/socialist nation as long as they are the ones who benefit from it. There may be some LIVs but not the number a lot of people are claiming. This includes El Rushbo. I think the guy is fantastic, but he is 180 wrong on this one.

JAGonzo on April 18, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Hell, his fatass of a wife has cut school lunches down to a STARVATION diet.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The fat-ass pinup girl of the year is Moochelle Antoinette Obama… she serves no real purpose, just a vindictive nasty racist, and it is infuriating to see her jetting around the globe on month-long multi-million dollar taxpayer funded vacations shoveling caviar, foie gras, kobe beef, truffles and whole lobsters in her wood-chipper mouth, while she demands feeding our children school lunches that look like warmed over crap…

PatriotRider on April 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Just for the record, I do not believe in the LIV. There are people in this country who are more than content with a communist/socialist nation as long as they are the ones who benefit from it. There may be some LIVs but not the number a lot of people are claiming. This includes El Rushbo. I think the guy is fantastic, but he is 180 wrong on this one.

JAGonzo on April 18, 2014 at 1:23 PM

There are a lot of the people you describe, but I disagree on the LIVs. Hard to say just how many – but I know a bunch – they really do exist and they really have no clue whatsoever.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Bloomy and Rudy had their eccentricities but Deblasio is making Bloomberg and Giuliani look like Mt. Rushmore material.

KW64 on April 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Michelle probably takes so many trips to get away from him and she may have an eating problem for the same reason. I know she’s a loathsome person but in a way you have to feel sorry for her.

crankyoldlady on April 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Why no post on the CBO report on the minimum wage bill?

From the WP:

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, would gradually raise the minimum to $10.10 by 2016. The Congressional Budget Office estimates it would mean higher earnings for 16.5 million workers — but also would cost 500,000 others their jobs.

Good news except for the 500,000 who get laid off.

Harkin’s measure wouldn’t eliminate exemptions, including for live-in companions for the elderly, staffs of state and local elected officials and jobs at summer camps and seasonal amusement parks.

Really?

BobMbx on April 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Reducing gun violence and curbing global warming are high priorities for most Democrats.

What a load of manure!

Democrat’s priorities are always about control and protecting their cushy highly overpaid positions.

Ditkaca on April 18, 2014 at 1:32 PM

What I don’t understand is why people haven’t turned en mass against Obama yet… Obama is JUST as loathsome a Nanny Stater as Bloomberg. Hell, his fatass of a wife has cut school lunches down to a STARVATION diet.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

…my bride has gone into the lunch areas periodically…in the schools she substitute teaches at…they are starving…because they are ‘dumping’ the ‘crap’ they are allowed to eat!

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I know she’s a loathsome person but in a way you have to feel sorry for her.

crankyoldlady on April 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Nope. Not the slightest bit.
She wanted this, and she’s taking far too much advantage of it.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

What I don’t understand is why people haven’t turned en mass against Obama yet…

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Well, perhaps the “takers” still see him as their “paycheck”. And there are an awful lot of takers…

climbnjump on April 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

…my bride has gone into the lunch areas periodically…in the schools she substitute teaches at…they are starving…because they are ‘dumping’ the ‘crap’ they are allowed to eat!

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Ahhhh – so it’s a success – at curbing the obesity problem anyway…..
(I’m sure that’s how they’ll spin it)

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 1:35 PM

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

You may be right. I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that that many dipsh!ts voted for obama twice while claiming they don’t really understand what he is all about.

JAGonzo on April 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

climbnjump on April 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

That is exactly what it is. Why end the gravy train?

JAGonzo on April 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

You may be right. I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that that many dipsh!ts voted for obama twice while claiming they don’t really understand what he is all about.

JAGonzo on April 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Of those that I know, they THINK they fully understand what 0bumble is all about – but what they think is just not reality.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Just for the record, I do not believe in the LIV. There are people in this country who are more than content with a communist/socialist nation as long as they are the ones who benefit from it. There may be some LIVs but not the number a lot of people are claiming. This includes El Rushbo. I think the guy is fantastic, but he is 180 wrong on this one.

JAGonzo on April 18, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Sorry, but you’re the one who is 180 wrong on this, and here’s why.

In the 2000 Presidential election, the Democrat “candidate”, Algore, set a new (for the time) American election record by getting 61% of the high school dropout vote (confirmed by exit polling by 2 Left-Wing outlets, MSNBC and CNN).

In 2008, O’bama shattered that record by getting 70% of the high school dropout vote. Those same two sources confirmed this with their exit polling, but later MSNBC was so embarrassed by that result that they simply removed the data from their website.

And in 2012, O’bama set another new record for getting the high school dropout vote: 80%. In some Blue States like Pennsylvania, it was even higher (82%)

At the same time, in 2012 O’bama lost the college graduate vote.

It took decades for the Democrat Public Education system to dumb down the populace, but they have finally succeeded.

Del Dolemonte on April 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Hell, his fatass of a wife has cut school lunches down to a STARVATION diet.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

But there is a racist fox who is exacting revenge…

“The fox lacks the deference typically exhibited by White House guests. He tore through the White House garden when it was left unattended during the shutdown.”

climbnjump on April 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

From my reading here, it seems that Michael Bloomberg has attained much the same status as Lyndon LaRouche … a guy who straddled both parties, but seemed to run “home to Mama” in the Democratic Party.

J_Crater on April 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Quite right. Democrats throw the biggest of stones from the glassiest of houses on this issue.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Hell, his fatass of a wife has cut school lunches down to a STARVATION diet.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 1:14 PM

But there is a racist fox who is exacting revenge…

“The fox lacks the deference typically exhibited by White House guests. He tore through the White House garden when it was left unattended during the shutdown.”

climbnjump on April 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

You know, the scowling shrew COULD HAVE gone outside and tended “her” so-called garden HERSELF during the shutdown. It’s not like she has anything ELSE to do.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Reducing gun violence and curbing global warming are high priorities for most Democrats.

What a load of manure!

Democrat’s priorities are always about control and protecting their cushy highly overpaid positions.

Ditkaca on April 18, 2014 at 1:32 PM

You’re talking about the politicians and some other elites or elite wannabes. There are also people who the propaganda works on, and yet other people who use the propaganda as a front for socialism.

Fenris on April 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

You know, the scowling shrew COULD HAVE gone outside and tended “her” so-called garden HERSELF during the shutdown. It’s not like she has anything ELSE to do.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

What’s outrageous is that they apparently have a taxpayer paid government worker whose job it is to tend their little propaganda garden. Probably multiple workers.

Fenris on April 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Breaking news…

The State Dept has announced that the public comment period for the Keystone XL Pipeline will be (conveniently) extended until AFTER the November elections. So obviously, no decision until after that.

(No linkie, just heard it on Fox Business.)

climbnjump on April 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Quite right. Democrats throw the biggest of stones from the glassiest of houses on this issue.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Good for you.
You got one right!!!

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 2:14 PM

And there are an awful lot of takers parasites…

climbnjump on April 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Anybody who votes for democrats regularly is by definition a parasite.

Lanceman on April 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Quite right. Democrats throw the biggest of stones from the glassiest of houses on this issue.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

…wait!…what?…what did you do to our libfreeorgan?

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Quite right. Democrats throw the biggest of stones from the glassiest of houses on this issue.

libfreeordie on April 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Appreciate that, libfree. Credit where credit is due.

Given Republican resistance to even accepting that climate change exists, much less doing anything about it…

This from the Jill Lawrence article, on the other hand, is pure nonsense. Republicans know that climate changes–in fact, they seem to be the only ones not surprised and appalled by that fact–but are unconvinced that it is human-caused.

Geez, I hate journalistic shorthand.

Athanasius on April 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

You know, the scowling shrew COULD HAVE gone outside and tended “her” so-called garden HERSELF during the shutdown. It’s not like she has anything ELSE to do.

ConstantineXI on April 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

What’s outrageous is that they apparently have a taxpayer paid government worker whose job it is to tend their little propaganda garden. Probably multiple workers.

Fenris on April 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I expect that from all the Lead from a century of white paint on the White House, all that grows there is inedible anyway. It’s all a scam.

slickwillie2001 on April 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Conservative billionaires are pure evil, liberal billionaires on the other hand are the Children of God himself. You pretty much have to be stupid to not understand that.

oscarwilde on April 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM

What’s outrageous is that they apparently have a taxpayer paid government worker whose job it is to tend their little propaganda garden. Probably multiple workers.

Fenris on April 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

More likely tended by illegals.

crankyoldlady on April 18, 2014 at 3:56 PM

86 milion Americans who work are now supporting 148 million who take some form of benefit from the govenment. So we’re almost there. It won’t be long now before the goal of complete population submission will be reached and all true democrats may rejoice to the commune of welfare. Congratulations to Obama and all his fellow travelers.

DWoDiego on April 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

There are a lot of the people you describe, but I disagree on the LIVs. Hard to say just how many – but I know a bunch – they really do exist and they really have no clue whatsoever.

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

You only have to talk to these people to know that. I know someone who doesn’t know who the president is.

crankyoldlady on April 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Incumbent Democrats have a millstone around their necks called ObamaCare, and it’s going to get exponentially worse in the fall when the employer mandates come into effect.

Ed, I can’t believe you are that naive. Here, let me edit that for you:

Incumbent Democrats have a millstone around their necks called ObamaCare, and it’s going to get exponentially worse in the fall when if the employer mandates come into effect.

Paul_in_NJ on April 18, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Ask Bloomberg to explain the army being built within the federal agencies.
Here’s a partial list:

The U.S. Department of Education
The Bureau of Land Management (200 uniformed law enforcement rangers and 70 special agents)
The U.S. Department of the Interior
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service (with an armed uniformed division of 1.000)
The National Park Service (made up of NPS protection park rangers and U.S. Park Police officers that operate independently)
The Environmental Protection Agency (200 special agents)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (224 special agents)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
That’s right, NOAA — the folks who forecast the weather, monitor the atmosphere and keep tabs on the oceans and waterways — has its own law enforcement division. It has a budget of $65 million and consists of 191 employees, including 96 special agents and 28 enforcement officers who carry weapons.

What about the billions of hollow point ammo that’s not usable by the military, didyo you think this was a rumor?

mixplix on April 19, 2014 at 8:41 AM