Even though they were nowhere near the top of the polls, far-left billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg have already spent over $200 million in the hopes of buying the Democrat Party presidential nomination.
Bloomberg has spent $120 million in only three weeks in the race, as he attempts to make up for lost time since entering the fold. Steyer and Bloomberg have spent more than double what every non-billionaire in the race has spent throughout the current cycle.
“We’ve never seen spending like this in a presidential race,” said Jim McLaughlin, a GOP political consultant who worked on Bloomberg’s mayoral campaigns in New York City. “He has a limitless budget.”
Steyer’s strategy is to focus primarily on the early voting states. He has spent $37 million in the states of Nevada, Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire with much of the money going into digital ads. He has more than doubled the combined spending for ads by front runners including Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden since entering the race in July. Meanwhile, Bloomberg is all but ignoring these early states and focusing on the long haul.
Bloomberg is putting the majority of his spending in Super Tuesday states that could put him in the lead despite his late start. He has spent over $13 million in California, a delegate-rich state that could propel him into the nomination. He has also spent $13 million in both Texas and Florida, two other states that offer a bevy of delegates.
“We’re running out of ways to describe [the ad expenditures] at this point,” said Nick Stapleton, who works as vice president of analytics for Advertising Analytics. “It’s pretty difficult to make a comparison. … You’re looking at one-third of Obama’s 2012 total [ad] spend through the general [election] in one month.”
Doug Wilson, a political strategist based out of North Carolina, said he sees Bloomberg’s advertisements “at least three times a day.” He says the former New York City Mayor is off to a good start, but will have to improve his numbers substantially with black Democrats to win the state.
“You still have to get a sizable portion of the African American vote to be able to be competitive but with him running ads as he has it has increased his numbers nationally,” Wilson said, referencing Bloomberg’s recent improvement in the polls.
Steyer has a 60 person team active in South Carolina where he hopes to court black votes as well. According to a recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, he has edged up to five percent of support from Democrat voters in the state, one point ahead of Buttigieg. Despite their seemingly endless cash supply, not everyone is convinced that it will be enough for them to have a chance at winning the primary.
“After you see the same TV ad 10 times, it’s not going to have as big an impact,” said Christian Heiens, a political marketer with Saber Communications, who compared the spending of Steyer and Bloomberg with failed 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. “And that’s not just in politics, that’s in anything in marketing.”
“I don’t sell anybody short, but rich white billionaires don’t have any real appeal to black voters in the South,” said Brad Coker, a pollster for Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy. “Billionaires have never really done well with Southern voters.”
“Moderate” Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Wants Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Removed From the Senate
So much for moderation and unity…
Conventional wisdom can often be misleading and at times dangerous if we believe in it too strongly.
Take for example West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He is constantly marketed as the Democrats’ most moderate Senator. There is a grain of truth to this. Manchin has publicly stated that he opposes ending the filibuster and has also poured cold water on $2,000 stimulus checks. But that’s where the moderation ends.
Manchin is now saying that the Senate should entertain the idea of expelling Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) by using the 14th Amendment over their recent decision to challenge the Electoral College results.
On PBS’s Firing Line, Manchin said the Senate should look into the option after right-wing activists stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Manchin is of the opinion that President Donald Trump and Senators like Hawley and Cruz “incited” these demonstrators.
“That should be a consideration,” Manchin stated. “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”
According to the 14th Amendment, no elected official “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Hyped up leftist pundits believe that the 14th amendment is applicable to Cruz and Hawley due to how they allegedly “incited” the riot by talking about electoral fraud and pointing out electoral irregularities.
“I’m totally convinced it was done because of political reasons. This was all politically motivated. This was calculated,” declared Manchin. “I believe that all my colleagues truly made a decision that was politically best for them and expedient for them. It was not what they believed to be true or false.”
Unquestionably, Manchin is an establishment hack through and through. He may have reasonable views on gun policy, in part due to West Virginia’s strong gun culture, but Manchin is still a member of the D.C. swamp. His recent statements demonstrate this. Republican nationalists should relieve him of the burden of holding public office in 2024.
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