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Last week Booman, this week Kid Pareene

Micheal Bloomberg

(I really hate it when these guys agree with me)

Alex Pareene (formerly of Gawker) opines on the latest tumescence of High Broderism:

Sanctimonious self-appointed “centrists” with no constituency outside of their social circles to launch meaningless-but-well-funded campaign in support of their admiration for themselves, Howard Fineman reports.

WASHINGTON — TV’s Joe Scarborough, who today dismissed Sarah Palin as a symbol of “anti-intellectualism” with a “dopey dream” of being president, will help headline the launch next month of a new national group dedicated to restoring civility in politics.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also expected to take part, along with an array of other self-described centrists, including retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Sen. Joe Lieberman, (I-Conn.), former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn), Los Angeles’s Democratic Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sen. Deb Stabenow (D-Mich.), former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman (R-N.J.) and former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.)

What can you even say about that lineup besides “where’s Harold Ford”?

It gets even more ridiculous: The “No Labels” organization (I’m not sure whether to blame Naomi Klein or feel bad for her) was founded, of course, by longtime Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson — the wife of pollster grifter Mark Penn — and Bush and McCain media guru Mark McKinnon. The group — which promises that its not a stalking-horse for a third party — demands that everyone in politics just civilly solve problems from the “pragmatic center,” which is, if you’ll permit me to be briefly uncivil, childish and stupid.

This is boilerplate that I plan on adding to all posts I write about this organization from now on: There is not a secret majority of fed-up Americans that agrees, politically, with center-right “reasonable” Republicans like Scarborough and Bloomberg and Lieberman. Lieberman doesn’t have a shot at reelection and Bloomberg is disliked by most Americans. “Civility” is a meaningless buzzword, though they seem to define “incivility” as “disagreeing that vague center-right policy proposals will solve America’s problems.”

The key name in the list is Michael Bloomberg, a man who wants to be POTUS so bad he can taste it. He’s funding this “No Labels” thingie in hopes of using it as a launching pad for a third party run for the White House.

What is it with these billionaires and their Ozymandian dreams? Ross Perot, Meg Whitman and Mayor Bloomberg all seem to think they can buy their way into high office. I guess when you surround yourself with sycophantic suck-ups who tell you how wonderful you are all the time you start to believe it. Unfortunately for them, reality bites:

PPP Poll: Bloomberg Unpopular With Republicans, Democrats And Independents

A national survey released Monday from Public Policy Polling (D) suggests that New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I) would not start out with any broad national appeal if he were to mount a third-party run for president in 2012.

Perot spent $90 million in 1992 and finished a distant third. Meg Whitman spent $140 million this year and finished just as far behind the winner as cash-poor Christine O’Donnell.

If Bloomberg runs he can prove once again that a fool and his money are soon parted.

Lucky for me that I’m a blogger, because I have plenty of people eager to tell me how badly I suck. It’s cheaper that way.

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  2. Hey, aren’t those the same clowns who were to start a party/run for POTUS if the Ds dared name Hillary?
    Thanks for that poll on Bloomberg, I needed that!
    My Morning Sneeze is in the same general direction

  3. Hate to tell you this but Mike Bloomberg can afford to buy a lot of love. I think his fortune dwarfs Whitman’s and Perot.
    That’s not the part that bothers me. The part that bothers me is the civility meme. It seems designed to shut people up. It’s the new black, if you get my drift.

    • Good morning RD. If by civility you mean the No Labels name, I responded well to it the first time I saw it. All it said to me was we’re tired of calling people names, like racists, nazis, etc that you see on blog comments and twitter. Beyond the name No Labels though, I hadn’t heard anything about it till this post. I thought it was some kind of consciousness raising thing, not a candidate supporting political movement. Anyway, I think it’s possible to be fire breathing angry about the state of things without calling people names.

    • Somehow, I doubt it has the same power as the raycist meme. But of course it should draw more to it than any claims of sexism – anything is before that.

    • Agreed. I still like to go back and re-read Barney Frank’s argument against bipartisanship. Except now I’ve misplaced it. Damn.

  4. I read last week that if Bloomberg does run, he’s prepared to spend between one and three billion. At the high end, that’s 20 times what Perot spent, in current dollars. Pretty ridiculous. Didn’t know he was connected to this No Labels thing. Thought the name sounded good but know nothing about the group. I doubt Bloomberg will run, but seems the pundits think he would carve votes away from the Repub if he did run. I would think he’d take more from the Dem.

    • That should help stimulate the economy.

    • if Bloomberg dose run he would most likey split the repub party . right???

      • I don’t know but I have the popcorn ready. Between Obama and a Republican, I honestly could care less who wins. However, Bloomberg would certainly make the election more entertaining.

        • don’t assume that BO is going to run. if the counrty is still in that state that its is now . he may just say you know iv done my time im outa here.

          • that hope and change BS wont work this time

          • Oh, if only he would do that!

          • If he doesn’t run, the Republican would likely win. He wouldn’t give enough time for a Democratic contender to come in and successfully run.

            Of course, Bloomberg will make any Democratic scenario interesting.

            I think he’ll run, but I suspect he’ll lose. On some level, it would make me feel better. I can’t stand to see that ego get fed once again for no reason. I’m not sure if he’s more incompetent or more crooked.

      • He sure isn’t going to peel off any of the tea party. He is the biggest example of the (local) government telling people what to eat, where to smoke and what rights they’re allowed.

  5. Here’s a second Morning Sneeze – garanteed to wake you up too

  6. so myiq2xu what have you been up to . ??

  7. These people are so out of touch. Civility is not the issue. Jesus, I don’t think we could find a so-called Democratic President more civil with the Republicans than Obama. It’s not centrism, it’s not civility, it’s not some mythic middle. It’s that the people in charge can’t or won’t govern in the interest of the majority of the people. That’s it. no one gives a damn about civility. It’s not a voting issue for gawds sake.

    • The real issue is CORRUPTION.
      The elected officials are wholly BOUGHT and OWNED by the big corporations.

  8. Naturally The Big Boys start a movement to “restore civility” and kick off by launching an uncivil attack against a woman. I guess they mean civility for some.

    Scarborough is a centrist?? Really? I just thought he was an asshole.

  9. Today’s tabloids are here – an eventful day – with Illinois House approving Civil Unions

  10. I think Evan Bayh may be doing this for political reasons. I read that he has not ruled out running for governor of Indiana again. In Indiana saying the current administration is too far to the left is probably going to help him win voters. Maybe some of the others in the group have similar motives?

  11. I’d forgotten all about Scarborough who wants this Restore Civility thing! He only served five months of his term in congress before quitting to “spend more time with his family” after allegations of infidelity. And Lori Klausutis, 28, was found dead in his office.

    • He’s another one on twitter who would get called ugly things from the left and the right. I don’t know or care if Scarborough is a centrist. But I do think he and others are reacting to the bile he saw online. Twitter like facebook was like a new toy for many of these journalists. But for those who chose not to have follower or friend communities that were one sided echo chambers, they put up with some serious ugly. It’s like having Hannity and Olbermann in your face all the time, except they are supercharged with anonymity, immaturity, and insulting language. Michael Savage on steroids from both ends. I’m not sure if people like Scarborough or Tapper, who were initially wide open to both extremes on twitter, are spending as much time on twitter these days. They lead sheltered lives in their media ivory towers, and twitter gave them a chance to mingle with the ‘regular citizenry’ at street level, in theory. They got some of that…but they also got a ton of in-your-face hateful trollish behavior which they interpreted as tea party and progressive extremists gone mad in America…some of which is probably true. Seems silly to be talking about twitter and facebook in the context of national politics and journalism, but most journalists today seem very tuned in to these venues. Overly tuned in? Possibly. But they were really cut off inside their rosy colored worlds before. I’m realizing this about NPR reporters lately because I’ve listened to them more than watched cable TV news during the past two years.

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