I have seen much of most of the Democratic primary “debates,” which have largely been a yawn, a game of survivor cutting down the dozens in the field to a more manageable number. As I said in my last post, zillionaire Michael Bloomberg’s investment of about half a billion dollars into an ad campaign has rocketed the late entrant into contention with Bernie for the lead, though there are still signs of life in others who I’m sure you’re familiar with.
Wednesday’s verbal battle should be more interesting than the previous ones, as it has different dimensions and higher stakes. I’d say all of the participants have some kind of chance to get the nomination for this one reason. If Bloomberg believes another candidate has a better chance to beat Trump, he could supply all the money needed to whomever he chooses.
While the main event seems likely to be Bernie vs. Bloomberg, the other candidates will get in their own punches to stand out, in that they also will criticize Bloomberg’s leap frogging the election process. However, they do not want to make him an enemy as perhaps his wealth could smile on their chances down the line.
His throwing lots of dough Bernie’s way is hard to imagine, since Bernie’s main theme regarding Bloomberg is you shouldn’t be able to buy an election. That would certainly be an odd combination, but I imagine Bernie would be able to rationalize it. How else would they get the ton of money Trump has already raised?
And beating Trump should be the absolute priority.