Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Bloomberg's Invisible Primary Work

Don't sleep on Bloomberg. He is making his moves. A million for McAuliffe in Virginia. A million for Cory Booker's Senate run. Steve Sailer has been keeping tabs on his reported but not over reported achievements. TIME magazine ran a nice piece on him. His focus is on managing cities better, but how applicable is the NYC city management experience to Cleveland, Detroit, Portland, Oregon, Atlanta or Houston? In TIME's portrayal, he is just an amazing man, donating money through his foundations in such small amounts that they are untraceable. Wait, what? Shouldn't that be a cause for alarm TIME magazine, and not a little fact one throws into an article to spice it up? This is one of the world's wealthiest men, who just served three terms as the capital of the empire's mayor. Why is he hiding donations? Wouldn't that be the follow up to dig deeper? No, let's not go down that hole and see where it might end when the man in question is worth over $30 billion. Dark pools of money funding causes at a billionaires whim only matter when the last name is Koch.

For a man over 70 and with his time in charge of NYC rapidly coming to a close, Bloomberg is awfully active. He donated $1 million to a do gooder junior US senator from NJ that has a good public image but no resume. He donated $1 million late in the game to a slimeball in a swing state in a race that looks a lot closer than originally thought. Favors. Booker's charisma would make an endorsement important with the black voter bloc that has heightened significance in the Democrat primaries compared to the general in those same states. He has visible policy stances that resonate with the white voters on the left: gun control and nanny state health initiatives. He has a new point that could help him. The faster NYC goes downhill under DeBlasio, the better for his image. This is not about money or a legacy. He's not looking back and taking stock in his work. He's looking forward and planning ahead. He's setting up his 2016 run for president as a Democrat.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't his age going to be a big factor working against him though? He'd be one month away from 75 when he takes office in 2017.

Son of Brock Landers said...

I mentioned that in my other post on him I linked to at the end of this one. As a Democrat, he'd have that washed away... just like his other weaknesses like wealth, minority religion status and out of touch persona. Clinton's going to be 70 as well and already looks bad. Bloomberg has something up his sleeve. This is too much activity for a guy exiting the stage.

Big Bill said...

He is going to run up against competition from Rahm. The Chicago gang has started pimping Rahm as the first Jewish President recently.

They arranged a multipart documentary on Rahm the Rambo mayor of Chicago.
Eight or twelve parts as I remember. That was about six months ago. But perhaps they are positioning Rahm more for a 2020 run.

Portlander said...

I'm convinced all these septuagenarian and octogenarian billionaires are on a witch's brew of HGH, T, DHEA, DHA, and who-knows-what substance that we peons won't be reading about until the 2024 Olympics.

Actually, I'd not be surprised if they were getting whole blood transfusions from post-pubescent Chinese orphans. One of Buffett's sons does all kinds of charity work in China. That's like front operation 101 straight from the CIA handbook.

Son of Brock Landers said...

I'm going to make some calls on Rahm to my Dem operative friends. Rahm is part of the media's focus on mayors because the D side has an empty bench, and he's their asshole.

As far as the geezers, Portlander, you bring up a good point. What are these oldies using? I would also guess SARMs which are being tested now but would help them retain and build core muscle mass to stay strong. Your comment on long haul trucking becoming robotic makes sense. I did not consider the triple trailers of the west, which scared me when out there to see for the first time on the road at night, but those could easily be made robotic.

Portlander said...

Yeah, it takes being out West to really appreciate the difference in transportation scale. I'm originally from NW IN. The long tractors there are the "Michigan Trains" running rolls of steel from Gary to Detroit. Those would probably be the last truck you'd want to make robotic; at least from the aspect of lawsuits, and frankly that's what adoption of robotic driving depends upon.

Whole blood transfusions sound hyperbolic, but I'm serious about them. Consider how long it took to figure out DHA is an important component in breast milk that should be in infant formula. Maybe it was willful ignorance due to cost considerations, but there's a huge number of compounds in blood and we have no idea what they all do... or even what they are. Vitamin K2 is another example of a relatively newly discovered vitamin that appears to make a big difference in health. Those are big, obvious ones that are easily mass marketed for a profit. What about small, expensive ones that we never hear about because they could never be made into mass market product?

Radio Lab a few months ago had a show where they talked to some scientist that was transferring blood from young mice to old mice. The old mice getting the transfusions were able to learn new mazes, whereas a control group of older mice could not.

Heck, getting back to breast milk, there's guys doing GOMAD diets with some pretty remarkable results. Well, that's cow's milk for crying out loud, not a particularly close species to humans. I'd not be surprised by what a QOBMAD might do for a 70 y.o.'s health and libido. If one has a billion dollars and 8 years of life expectancy, what else are you going to spend it on? Lazy grandkids that you only see once or twice a year?

Heck, if I were richer and more connected, I'd try setting up a foreign blood farm myself. Even if American billionaires find it too distasteful, it's a big world with plenty of sleazy potentates that have money to burn.