In a political environment defined by populism in both parties, and class warfare among Democrats especially, what will voters make of Michael Bloomberg’s pledge? NBC News reported earlier today that the multi-billionaire will use his personal fortune to campaign all the way to November. Not necessarily to win the presidency, mind you, but to campaign against Donald Trump to keep him from winning a second term:
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s massive campaign apparatus and an army of some 500 staffers will march on through the general election in November even if he loses the Democratic nomination, campaign officials tell NBC News, shifting their efforts toward working to elect whomever the party selects to face President Donald Trump.
Bloomberg’s vast tech operation will also be redirected to help the eventual nominee, as Democrats struggle to compete with the vaunted digital operation built by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. Hawkfish, a digital company started by Bloomberg that’s carrying out his $100 million online ad campaign, will be retained through Election Day to help defeat Trump, the officials said.
Awaiting the eventual nominee would be a shadow field operation across the country that’s currently unparalleled in size by any of the other candidates in the presidential race. The roughly 500 staff members Bloomberg has committed to paying through November include those in battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as well as in Arizona.
“Mike Bloomberg is either going to be the nominee or the most important person supporting the Democratic nominee for president,” said Kevin Sheekey, Bloomberg’s campaign manager. “He is dedicated to getting Trump out of the White House.”
Hoo boy. Where to start with this? Let’s take a look at the populist angle first, especially in light of the Democrats’ all-in approach to class warfare. In times past, kingmakers had the good sense to work behind the scenes. They also had the good sense not to flaunt their wealth too much to the hoi polloi, who might get turned off by the 0.0001% dictating electoral outcomes.