The audience repeatedly booed Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Socialist, and applauded Michael Bloomberg, the Billionaire, during Tuesday night’s debate in South Carolina.
This was an audience of Democrats? The party of the working people of America? Or is it the party of the billionaires of America?
Here’s my guess: There aren’t enough billionaires to BE a political party. But it doesn’t take very many billionaires to BUY a political party.
New York Times headline and subhead:
With Tickets $1,750, Debate Audiences Are Elite of the Elite. But That’s Not New.
Getting into one of the Democratic debates is like getting a ticket to the Super Bowl or the World Series.
We learned something Tuesday night that we should have known all along. The wealthy elite can pack the auditorium.
Here’s what’s new: Suddenly, the privileged are scared to death that Bernie Sanders might become the Democratic presidential nominee and the Democratic president. I wonder why the privileged are frightened?
Bernie Sanders has promised, time after time, that he will take on the health insurance industry, Wall Street, the big banks, the petroleum-industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, the pharmaceutical-industrial complex, the National Rifle Association.
And Bernie Sanders has vowed to tax the rich.
So upon reflection, it’s no surprise that the wealthy elite is scared to death of Bernie Sanders. They’re scared enough to loudly boo Bernie and clap for one of their own, Bloomberg.
Bernie has warned repeatedly that America’s wealthy elite, the leaders of Wall Street, banking, health insurance, the pharmaceutical industry, the petroleum and prison and gun industries, all will fight him tooth and nail.
Now the booing has started. What else will the privileged class — be they Democrats or Republicans — do to stop Bernie Sanders?
Maybe the stakes are higher than we thought. Where will it all end?
— John Hayden
You have a 2-fold problem. (1) The moderate democrats are not going to vote for Bernie. (2) The Bernie supporters are not going to vote for Bloomberg (billionaire). And from what I gather, Bloomberg has mentioned that he thinks the elderly are not important enough to continue providing medication to — which includes both you and me.
If Amy is running as VP, that might help the democrats presidential nominee. However at present, it appears that the democrats have quite a dilemma.
The worst thing for either party is to have half their party vote for the Green, libertarian, or other-than-the-2-parties candidates.
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Yes, having more than two parties in a general election, and even having more than two candidates in any contest for one office, seems to create a serious problem. The premise is that the party or the candidate with a majority of votes wins. When you have more than two, the winning candidate can have less than a majority, that is, a plurality.
It’s especially a problem with many candidates, as was the case with the Republican presidential primary in 2016, and the Democratic primary this year. It becomes difficult to avoid chaos. I’m sure many Republicans would have preferred one of the candidates other than Donald Trump. Very possibly, someone like Rubio or Bush could have won a majority in a two-way contest with Trump. I’m sure many Democrats will be dissatisfied with the candidate who finally emerges as the nominee this year.
I will have to write a separate post about the potential impact of the vice presidential nominee in the 2020 general election.
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And yes, the thought of a President Bloomberg is enough to scare anyone who’s not a billionaire.