Bloomberg Better Have a Pretty Super Tuesday or Hes Cooked

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it himself many times: that he didnt think the electorate was looking for a short, Jewish, divorced billionaire. Every four years for the last two decades, Bloomberg has assembled the best talent available to assess his chances to become president, and he has always passed in the end, fearing his bid would backfire and he would become a spoiler, electing the candidate he least preferred. In God we trust, all else bring data, he would say, and the data persuaded him there was no realistic path to the White House as a third-party candidate. At age 77, its unlikely hes allowed himself to be sweet-talked into a bid for the Democratic nomination …

Before Trump, Bloomberg’s Nemesis Was The Big Gulp

Michael Bloomberg knows whats best for youno matter what you think you want. That same ethos has permeated Bloombergs time in public service and the private sector, from his soda ban. That proposal, which would have prohibited the sale of most sugary drinks more than 16 ounces across the five boroughs, was the issue that first introduced many Americans to Bloombergeither as a champion of public health fighting corporate influence, or as a busybody billionaire who thinks he knows whats good for the rest of us. Either way, New York politicos say that the years-long battle over soda is an instructive example of Bloombergs view of leadership and public policy. I think it falls in line with his image and …

Home-Field Edge Means Nothing If Julian Castro, Kamala Harris Blow Iowa

With just over 100 days until Super Tuesday, two candidates from massive delegate-rich states could be in danger of squandering any possible home court advantages that they might have held in a few months time. As nearly a dozen Democratic presidential candidates turn their attention to California for the state partys convention this weekend, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and former HUD Secretary Julin Castro risk leaving hauls from California and Texas on the table if they dont make it to the marquee event in March, according to interviews with Democrats in both states. The two states, set to vote on March 3, more accurately represent the countrys diverse population than Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two early nominating contests. …