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.