TOTD 2020-1-18: Buying the President

There was an interesting book called “Selling the President 1968”. Now there needs to be a new book “Buying the President 2020”. Steyer and Bloomberg are pouring money in an effort to buy the office. Bloomberg is even saying he will continue running ads to destroy Trump if he doesn’t get the nomination. This is terrible for the country. I saw a clip of Democrats throwing out their principles because Bloomberg was throwing money their way. They would be up in arms if the rich person was on the other side. I want to believe the electorate are smart enough but I worry. A 100 million here and a 100 million there and you get to be talking about serious money.

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6 thoughts on “TOTD 2020-1-18: Buying the President”

  1. The mother’s milk of politics.

    We had a lesson about money in politics in 2016 in my congressional district.   This is a safe district for a Republican, comprised of rural and suburban areas of Tennessee.  The incumbent Republican had decided not to run for re-election, so we had an open seat and a long lead time.  We ended up with a crowded primary.  There were 13 Republican candidates on the primary ballot.   I looked over the election returns and noticed something that I still think is disappointing.

    They finished in order according to the money they spent.

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  2. My only hope is,I read Clinton had raised more $$$ than anybody, ever, before 2016.  We all know she outspent Trump.  And yet…

    So I think these billionaire bozos are like the peasant who finds a piece of pipe,  and sticks it in a hole in the side of his barn, thinking”Now I can have running water! “

    They think: Trump is rich. I’M rich!  Therefore, I can do what Trump did.
    Wa-a-al…I ain’t so sure.  Money is the conduit, but—what (if anything) are ya  gonna pump through it, s’whut we wanna know…..

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  3. Hypatia:
    My only hope is,I read Clinton had raised more $$$ than anybody, ever, before 2016.  We all know she outspent Trump.  And yet…

    So I think these billionaire bozos are like the peasant who finds a piece of pipe,  and sticks it in a hole in the side of his barn, thinking”Now I can have running water! “

    They think: Trump is rich. I’M rich!  Therefore, I can do what Trump did.
    Wa-a-al…I ain’t so sure.  Money is the conduit, but—what (if anything) are ya  gonna pump through it, s’whut we wanna know…..

    These people can poor money in and say they are just running for president. I wish they were as bad as Hillary but they have actually got ahead in life without marrying Bill. For what I hear Bloomberg used his money in 2018 to switch the house to the Democrats. He might be a bozo but he can hire professional to make the case against Trump.

    I do hope you are right, Hyp.

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  4. Here’s the good news : HRC outspent the Don almost 3-1 and look what happened. As a business owner, I know exactly what happened.

    1. She was never a popular candidate outside certain circles to begin with.

    2. He spent his money wisely and in an extraordinarily focused manner; (Grand Rapids, MI rally at 2:00 a.m. November 8.)

    3. Rallies are cheaper and far more impactful than TV ads. Nobody does it better and nothing beats the live authenticity of his populist charisma.

    4. Steve Bannon was brilliant because he inspired many non-populists who were straight shooters, business owners, stockholders, etc. as are my husband and me.

    Which brings me to my final point: Trump had the ability to recognize that the majority of Americans (regardless of socio-economic status) share core values of capitalism. I’ve had my best political conversations with electricians, mechanics, landscapers, etc. He’s really been able to unite the country in the most meaningful way.

    Beautifully run campaign.

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