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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Democrats are having second thoughts about Mike Bloomberg after he fell flat in his debate stage debut. Before Wednesday night's performance " which Democrats across the board labeled "terrible" and "pathetic" " many in the party were hopeful the former New York City mayor would emerge as a strong competitor to front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who continues to gain momentum.

But Bloomberg's debate implosion left a lot to be desired.

"I don't think I've ever seen someone look worse in a debate," said one Democratic strategist who is a veteran of presidential campaigns. "Sometimes it seemed like he wasn't on stage, sometimes he seemed out of touch, sometimes he seemed like he hadn't prepped. It was a combination of bad." Democratic strategist Christy Setzer said it "just goes to show that having unlimited money and the most talented team in the world doesn't matter if you refuse to do basic preparation."

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During the debate, Warren pummeled Bloomberg, painting him as a misogynist and an out-of-touch billionaire.

"Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of during his tax returns, of harassing women, and of supporting racist policies like redlining stop and frisk," the Massachusetts senator said during the debate. "Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another."

Setzer added that Warren's "demolishment of Bloomberg was so complete, we may have set ourselves up for the nightmare scenario: Sanders grabs Democratic nomination and an embarrassed, bitter Bloomberg instead runs third party."

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Somewhere, a Dumpster Fire is feeling pretty good about itself after last night's performance by Bloomberg.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-20 07:33 PM | Reply

The rest of the article is a pretty good recap of each campaign's comments on Bloomberg, way too much to C&P here but worth a quick click.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-20 07:35 PM | Reply

i find it mildly ironic that bloombergs 400 million bought warren a second chance.

#3 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-02-20 07:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3

Hell, if Warren wins the primaries because of Bloomberg, I would send him a thank you card.

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-20 07:58 PM | Reply

The number of people who saw the debate vs those who see his commercials will wipe this out in a couple weeks.

It will be interesting to see if he can improve by the next debate.

#5 | Posted by sawdust at 2020-02-20 08:01 PM | Reply

Bloomberg may be able to come back to steal the nomination from Bernie - but no way in hell he unites the party for the general as he only gets there by cheating Bernie. The Dems have not even started to pile on that Bloomberg made all his money by providing services to Wall Street/Big Banks with the sole function being to give them access to information faster than the general public so Wall Street can cheat them in their retirement accounts. I suspect Bernie will play that card soon

#6 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2020-02-20 08:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Even some of the most liberal pundits out there had nothing nice to say about Micro Mike's performance:

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" played a montage of Bloomberg's "worst moment."

Mika Brzezinski said he was "hard to watch."

Lawrence O'Donnell said the billionaire suffered "the worst blows" of the evening.

An NBC News article co-bylined by Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Melissa Holzberg said "the biggest individual news from the debate was Michael Bloomberg struggling to defend his stop-and-frisk record as New York City mayor, as well as the non-disclosure agreements his company settled with women."

CNN's Van Jones declared the debate a "disaster" for Bloomberg.

S.E. Cupp said the "love fest" is over.

David Axelrod said Bloomberg had a "disastrous debut" and was "the big loser."

Errol Louis felt Warren drew Bloomberg into a "devastating cross-examination about non-disclosure agreements."

Patti Solis Doyle said the former New York City mayor "disappeared for the first 30 minutes" only to later appear "insensitive and offensive."

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-20 08:26 PM | Reply

I won't vote for Bloomberg no matter what. I'LL DIE FIRST!!!!

#8 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-02-20 08:31 PM | Reply

I believe he will be better prepared next debate, its been said that the debate cost him $100 Million ...

RoC, VanJones is hardly a Bloomberg fan ...

If this goes to the convention, he wins ... BruceBanner celebrates!

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-02-20 09:26 PM | Reply


Hell, if Warren wins the primaries because of Bloomberg, I would send him a thank you card.

#4 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

Certainly she will see some money from her performance, but it won't turn into votes.

#10 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-02-20 09:27 PM | Reply

#11 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-02-20 09:28 PM | Reply

#10 How so?

#12 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-02-22 10:37 AM | Reply

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