It certainly looks like it.
When I first heard that he had made up his mind to jump in, I thought it was too late. But no longer. Instead, he appears very well organized (see MikeBloomberg2020) and his plans of action are likely to appeal to the mainstream of the electorate. As such, he will likely draw from ambivalent Trump supporters, particularly those who do not want to see the recent gains in the economy jeopardized by a radical democratic candidate.
Bloomberg brings to the table considerable experience as a three term mayor of New York. New York, mind you, not South Bend, Indiana.
Bloomberg also has a record of extensive commitment and support to liberal causes, not like Mr. Trump whose foundations had questionable finances and whose Trump University had to close under a cloud.
What scandal has been ascribed to Bloomberg? None that I know. Compare Trump.
Experience matters. Character matters.
A man gifted with exceptional business savvy coupled with a commitment to public service is a rare find, indeed. Why waste it?
Is Bloomberg coming forward to enrich himself some more? Absolutely not.
He is coming forward at a very important juncture in our history because he genuinely feels he can make an important contribution. One that is sorely needed at a time when our relations with longtime allies are being frayed, a time when immigration is under attack not only here in the US but in the world at large, a time when climate changes are being ignored by Mr. Trump.
At this crucial moment, Bloomberg is putting himself on the line and saying, ‘I am willing to serve the nation whose institutions and opportunities made possible my success’.
Men or women who have had the chance of savoring success because of their own efforts, are men and women who are generous. And because they are it is then reflected in their broad-minded ideas. Compare the stinginess and narrow mindedness of Mr. Trump.
Is Bloomberg buying the election?
Nonsense. People who say so are not thinking.
Bloomberg is saying that he can finance his campaign, that he does not need any contributions because he can afford it. That does not mean he can buy my vote. Or anyone’s vote.
In the court of public opinion, Bloomberg has to make his case for public support and compete with every candidate in the race.
I, for one, will not hold his wealth against him. That would be silly.
Why rebuff a highly capable and intelligent man because of his billions?
Which brings me to this next point. I have no doubt, that Bloomberg will not hesitate to show his tax returns. Compare Trump. So tell me, who would you then deem to be more trustworthy?
Remember the saying ‘don’t look a gift horse in the mouth?’
That’s where we are, folks.
We have a gift horse in the race and we ought not look him in the mouth.
Let us examine his plans, let us subject him to the greatest scrutiny, please. But let us not rule him out because he has been enormously successful.
Will he be able to go up against Trump? I think so.
Am I ready to vote for him? No.
I need to first see him in a debate. I need to see him under fire. But from what I’ve seen so far, I like Mike.
One final point. Bloomberg has good ideas on immigration. Still, I favor my proposal that we have a National Referendum on Immigration Reform. The issue is complex and should be decided by all Americans. Let us not be afraid of looking at who we are on the subject. We need Borders not Walls. With a National Referendum we will have Borders we will stand by United.
Disclosure: I do not know Bloomberg nor anyone in his circles.