Bloomberg’s Endorsement

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It’s difficult to game out the significance of Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement of Barack Obama — if there is any at all.

In his op-ed, Bloomberg cites the need for presidential leadership on climate change as a guiding factor in his decision. The first four paragraphs are given over to cataloging the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. “Our climate is changing,” Bloomberg writes. “While the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be — given this week’s devastation — should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”

And yet Obama’s record combating climate change is spotty. As Bloomberg notes, Obama “has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. His administration also has adopted tighter controls on mercury emissions, which will help to close the dirtiest coal power plants (an effort I have supported through my philanthropy), which are estimated to kill 13,000 Americans a year.”

But only one candidate in the race has actually signed a cap-and-trade agreement. That would be Mitt Romney, who helped create a regional cap-and-trade plan as governor of Massachusetts. The White House tried to thread a cap-and-trade deal through Congress, approaching one Republican Senator after another in an attempt to forge a bipartisan pact. But the efforts collapsed under special interest pressures amid the rise of the Tea Party. Having spent his political capital on healthcare, “on climate change Obama grew timid and gave up, leaving the dysfunctional Senate to figure out the issue on its own,” reporter Ryan Lizza concluded at the end of a long piece on the demise of cap-and-trade in 2010. 

Bloomberg assails Romney for his hairpin turn on cap-and-trade, which mirrors his reversals on policy issues like abortion, gun control and health care. (All these issues are salient for the New York City mayor, who recently established his own super PAC and has begun doling out cash to congressional candidates from both parties who advocate for tighter gun laws, same-sex marriage and education reform.) But Bloomberg offers withering words for Obama as well, arguing his inability to stitch together a centrist coalition (in the face of an obstinate opposition that had no interest in participating) “doomed hope for any real progress on illegal guns, immigration, tax reform, job creation and deficit reduction.”

Perhaps Bloomberg is skeptical — and he has reason to be — that leadership on climate change could come from the contemporary Republican Party, which has nurtured a stubborn hostility to climate science. He suggests Obama is the more principled candidate, even if he has failed to live up to those principles during his first term. “One sees climate as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not,” he writes. “I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.”

Both sides assiduously courted Bloomberg’s endorsement, so it must have been a nice surprise for the President to win it. The mayor, a political independent, did not endorse in 2008, and had been expected to sit this election cycle out as well. Perhaps the backing of a prominent billionaire, like that of the free-marketeers at The Economist, will insulate Obama somewhat against the charges that he is hostile to private enterprise. But it’s hard to imagine which independents will be swayed by the opinion of a man whose politics — socially liberal, yet slavish in his devotion to the creative force of market capitalism — are unique New York. There is a reason that Bloomberg, the perennial third-party white knight, never actually jumps into the ring: he has no real constituency. Even the Washington Post, in a piece headlined “Why Bloomberg’s Endorsement of Obama Matters,” concedes that it probably doesn’t: “It’s hard to believe a billionaire New York City mayor, even an independent one, holds much influence on voters in Ohio or Colorado.”

Instead, the endorsement can best be read as an extension of Bloomberg’s own brand, the effort of a centrist trying to carve out a space between the two parties. In the wake of the hurricane that savaged the northeast, the mayor has an opportunity to revisit an issue that has slid from the nation’s consciousness. But if Bloomberg’s great hope is that presidential leadership will force legislative action on climate change over the next four years, he is likely to be disappointed. The Republican Party doesn’t just balk at the notion of a market-centered approach to curbing carbon emissions; the majority of its members have come to deny that man-made climate change is taking place at all.

42 comments
BruceS78
BruceS78

Bloomberg endorsed the candidate that he respected.  I don't think given the number of turns and curves that Romney has traveled in the past 10 years that anyone truly knows where Romney stands.  As to global warming, in the past 22 years, cold weather for us in Las Vegas has gone from occurring almost always before Halloween to mid November.  It wasn't too many years ago that our kids had to always wear jackets when they went trick or treating.  Now the kids just wear their costumes and occasionally the parents have a sweater.  That is a big change.  Maybe people should think about how much our weather is changing.  Ask your friends who garden whether they can plant earlier or not.  Here we can plant tomatoes almost a month earlier without much chance of a frost.

Even if you don't believe that man is causing the changes but think that Nature is doing it, we as a country as not prepared for these events. 

ahandout
ahandout

Why does Obama hate Americans?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rjozh5i1YU

The only thing that Obama said that was not on the teleprompter.  It shows you what kind of person Obama really is.  If you didn't know by now, he's not Mr Hope, he's Mr Hate.  The worst kind of politician.  He takes everything personally.  He really embodies the corrupt Chicago thug. 

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

Bloomberg's endorsement certainly held no significance for The Wall Street Journal, which buried the story in three sentences at the bottom right corner of page 6 of Friday's paper. They also had a full page section on disaster proofing your house, including having a helipad on the roof, a wine cellar that doubles as a shelter, and windows imported from Germany that can withstand 150 mph winds. Who ways the WSJ doesn't care!

ahandout
ahandout

Isn't Bloomberg the idiot that wanted to have a marathon race through the destruction; have refugees booted out of hotels onto the street so that runners and tourists could occupy those rooms; pull police , firefighters and public saftey crews away from clean up and recovery efforts?

Yeah, his endorsement of Barry is very helpful to Romney.

notsacredh
notsacredh

A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for the devil. The path to hell has an "R" next to it on the ballot. Please don't vote for evil and darkness.

GeneRalno
GeneRalno

Many otherwise normal folks swallowed the global warming argument.  But when the fraud was exposed, suddenly, they woke up to the absurdity of the central idea in America.  Seems this flim-flam argued that if everyone gives a whole bunch of money to Al Gore, he'll save us from periodic climate changes that have occurred for thousands of years.  It also seems Bloomberg wasn't bright enough, unless he's part of the swindle.  Certainly Romney's bright enough and perhaps that other guy too.

Arimathean
Arimathean

Come on, Alex -- surely you are not trying to say that the Great Republican Legislation Blockade should indicate that Obama didn't support cap & trade. You said it yourself: he made serious efforts to push it through. It's almost certain that Romney would not do the same. Bloomberg's endorsement, then, makes perfect sense. Why are you trying to portray it otherwise?

TheDonaldo
TheDonaldo

And in his weekly broadcast, President Obama said that he has ordered his "team" to not let red tape and bureaucracy get in the way of delivery goods and services to the survivors (victims) of Superstorm Sandy.  In a Romney Administration you would know that would not even have to be said!  BTW, bet the Mormon's delivery trucks bringing goods and supplies to those survivors were there before FEMA. They were with Katrina.  

TheDonaldo
TheDonaldo

Suspect it will resonate with those who accept the global warming premise.  Right now Boomberg has hundred of thousands of irate citizens to deal with and I doubt that his endorsement will resonate with them at this time.  By Tuesday or sooner, I suspect that New York may be more willing to embrace competency over rhetoric.  Oh, BTW, those folks (survivors) vote too.

ahandout
ahandout

@S_Deemer The WSJ is a financial paper for people that make money.  If you need advice, I suggest you pick up a pamphlet from the county services office.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout Bloomberg is something that is no longer represented by the Republican party. A Centrist.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Arimanthean, Ed's just having an episode. I think he has money riding on the race.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Mitt kniows how to hide money. That's about it. He may not be the devil, but he IS a blood relative.

notsacredh
notsacredh

The future and safety of our nation depends on us keeping Romney out of the White House. Romney is EVIL. He Must be STOPPED. Google the White Horse Prophecy if you do not believe me. Romney will end Christianity as we know it. He will force Mormonism on all of us!

EdPiedra
EdPiedra

@sacredh 

YOU ARE SO WRONG !Unlike others , Romney has PRACTICED altruism and charity ALL his life as a missionary and pastor of his church-HE gives almost 20 % of his income to charity ( obama gives about5 % and Biden a great (Zero) 0.15 or only 1/6 of 1 % .I'll be proud to have such a man as President !When Obama Called on the Navy Seals to Kill Osama, They showed up and Osama Died.But when Navy Seals Called on Obama, He Denied them and They Died.

GOOGLE IT IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE ME ! OBAMACARE MUST BE REPELLED ! H.R. 3590 gives the federal government specific access to your individual BANK accounts and ... point of care as ... the government already had access to our bank ...Feds Get Real-Time Access to Patient Bank Accounts ... GOOGLE OBAMACARE H.R. 3590 FOR YOUR SAKE !REMEMBER THAT MITT ROMNEY has THE Know How to improve FEMA or ANYFEDERAL PROGRAM ! with less bureaucracy  and MORE EFFICIENCY  !!

Arimathean
Arimathean

@GeneRalno When was "the fraud exposed"?  Also, the global warming science does not ignore that periodic climate change happens, nor does it ignore that we are in a warming trend since the last Ice Age about 12,000-10,000 years ago.  It does, however, point out that the warming is giving every indication of being far faster than ever before in history.

EdPiedra
EdPiedra

@GeneRalno 

PATRIOTS OF ALL PARTIES  AND ANCESTRY !Latinos and other minorities are people of honor and dignity.WE AS A WHOLE ARE AN HONORABLE NATION AND WE DESERVE AN HONORABLE PRESIDENT !NOT a Master Deceiver, Cove-upper in Chief !Message was taken down by Facebook TWICEThe message contained in a meme suggesting that Obama relied on the SEALS when he wanted to get Osama bin Laden, but then turned round and denied them back up when they called for it in Benghazi.  -----   http://tinyurl.com/bwu9lpd    --------REMEMBER   THAT MITT ROMNEY has THE Know How to improve FEMA or ANY -FEDERAL PROGRAM ! with less bureaucracy  and MORE EFFICIENCY  !OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION = THE MOST INFAMOUS COVER-UPPERS OF THE CENTURY !
Whoever vote for Obama is a PARTICIPANT ! Vote as this were your very LAST vote cast. !
Vote to be happy with your conscience and your God ! HE will ask you one day.Search ASAP: OPERATION HOT MIC--    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?feature=player_embedded&v=-Czo5Vf8KZs

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

@TheDonaldo BTW, the goods and supplies that Romney accepted (while being photographed) at his "disaster relief" rally in Ohio Wednesday were bought by his campaign workers, who dropped $5000 at a local Walmart. If he were really serious about disaster relief, he would have said, "We're donating all money from now through Monday that would have been spent on campaign advertiising to disaster relief." 

Arimathean
Arimathean

@TheDonaldo The "global warming premise" is scientific fact backed up by significant evidence.  It's pretty nutty to claim that the vast majority of the scientific community is making the whole thing up to play along with some liberal conspiracy.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout @S_Deemer  

So you're an Obama supporter now?

I thought "people who make money" were the owners of the feet you kiss.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout  Now, you are saying that you admire Bloomberg.  He's an idiot cut from the spineless politician model, just like Arnold. 

Arimathean
Arimathean

@sacredh In a greater sense, Lord knows we ALL have money riding on the race.

anon76
anon76

@sacredh 

And I hear that he'll force us all to have guns, as part of his plan to sew chaos in the streets.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@EdPiedra @sacredh He gives 20% of his income to his cult. And the only reason he was a missionary was to hide from the Vietnam War. I won't even address the blatant lie about Obamacare since it was already previously adressed.

dawnorthen
dawnorthen

@Arimathean @GeneRalno actually there was fruad, scientists were abusing the hype and falsifying data to get more money. to many people that meant global warming was a lie, most of those people were the last to join the notion.

TheDonaldo
TheDonaldo

@Arimathean @TheDonaldo Which is exactly what I said.  For those that accept THE premise, the endorsement rings.  Said nothing about the scientific community plugging for liberal theology.  Made no inferences or conclusions that way.  So you are projecting.  Those that don't accept Bloomberg's premise won't be fazed by his endorsement of Obama.  So if Romney says cut tax rates, that position with resonate with people who accept that premise.  If Obama says raise taxes, that will resonate who hold that belief structure.  So again, I said that Bloomberg's position will harmonize with those that have your worldview.  Don't suggest inferences in comments of others that are not there.  Not cool.  Reflect before you react.

anon76
anon76

@dawnorthen

I don't recall any documented cases of fraud.  I remember a lot of misunderstanding coming about from reading private email correspondence (like what a coding 'trick' in Matlab implies), but no cases of fraud.

Arimathean
Arimathean

@dawnorthen @Arimathean @GeneRalno Yeah, I remember the one case of one agency overplayed the politics of it, but I don't recall anything that would indicate that global warming is a fraud in and of itself.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@GeneRalno @mantisdragon91  

Maybe he's lending support because unlike Bush & Co.  Obama doesn't think that Hoboken is being puneshed for fornication in the streets.

 Ya think?

GeneRalno
GeneRalno

@mantisdragon91 @GeneRalno 

They're not raving, just thanking him for lending support.  They know he's using this opportunity to escape more questions about his rotten record. And every rational person knows that's what he's doing.  He's an "astonishingly small" person with a terrible record and we won't recover if he's reelected.