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Ok let’s test the waters with this ticket.


Yes, they are strange bedfellows. Very unlikely partners. But this is, I think, a killer ticket.

Here’s why:

Bloomberg is untouchable. There is absolutely nothing that Trump can throw at him that’s going to stick. Nothing. Bloomberg would just swat him away like an inconsequential fly. I’m reminded of that saying, “The lion does not concern himself with the opinion of the sheep”. That’s Bloomberg. He doesn’t GAF about what Trump thinks. Not only that but Trump is obsessed and perturbed by Bloomberg. Bloomberg is much much richer. He gets under Donald’s thin skin.

Sure he’s an old billionaire with a grudge against soft drinks. No one’s perfect. But think of the entertainment value. Don’t tell me the country wouldn’t be riveted by the spectacle of Mike Bloomberg knocking Donald Trump out every week. It would be fantastic. Even Trump would watch that if he weren’t the designated guy to beaten up all the time.

Imagine the potential dirt Bloomberg could reveal about Trump. He could buy the entire FBI AND CIA. Informants could call the Bloomberg anonymous tip line and never have to worry about retaliation.

I just heard some dude on Deadline say that African American voters are looking to Bloomberg to get rid of Trump because they see the advantage of having a heavyweight take him on. I have to agree.

Is it big structural change? No. Would it be disappointing? Yes. Is he a true Democrat? About as much as Obama was.

That’s why he has to run with Warren. He needs to satisfy the Clinton contingent and also give us something to look forward to. Plus, it would FINALLY get a woman close to the top.

Am I happy with that? No. Would I accept it to make sure we kicked Trump into Sing Sing? Absolutely.

And as rich as Bloomberg is, he’s got to see an advantage of taking on a reformer. Even he knows, perhaps better than most, that the risk takers on Wall Street are going to get us all killed. Plus, Bloomberg is not a political neophyte. He tends to respect governmental norms. The potential for stability and putting the country back together again has upside potential with Bloomberg. He even likes mass transit. So, all in all, this could be a smart move.

Mike Bloomberg has made a lot of money in America. This would be a good time to use a good chunk of it to buy it back for us.

Would Warren take it? Remains to be seen. She definitely deserves the top spot. It pains me greatly to see any woman take the second spot. But would I do it to get rid of that disgusting puddle of excrement in the White House?

In a heartbeat.


Only YOU are strong enough to defeat Trump

That is the plural form of the pronoun YOU. Ustedes.

Stop looking for a person strong enough to beat Trump. You are never going to get his base to dislodge him as their personal bad boy. They like him to be wicked and fearsome. It doesn’t matter if his policies project weakness to the world. It doesn’t even seem to matter that he is subtly insulting them by telling them they need a strongman to protect them. We are dealing with decades of conditioning here and telling decent white guys that something is wrong with them. The Rush’s of the world emasculates them and tells them they’re weak against the world and Trump reinforces that sense of impotence. He’s there to fight the battles they are convinced are beyond their own strength.

There is nothing you can do to talk them out of this. Trust me on this. I come from a family that got hooked on destructive religions. Reason was futile. They will only come around if they feel personally betrayed.

A candidate cannot be as strong as Trump unless she gets everyone to see that they are stronger than he is. We have to stop being afraid of Trump. He’s not invincible. He just hasn’t had a critical mass of people against him to beat him down.

This isn’t rocket surgery. Pick the best candidate you can find. It’s helpful if that person has some kind of record of political accomplishment. That means one of the following people: Warren, Biden, Klobuchar and Bloomberg. (I’m just being random here).

Any one of these four people will have the clout to do the job. They are believable. They are hard working. They have a reasonable degree of personal integrity. No, they are not perfect. But they don’t have to be. They only have to be good enough.

Then everybody has to get behind them, disconnect from Facebook, figure out a way of closing yourself off from political ads, and plan to vote for that person come hell or high water. Convince everyone you know to guard themselves from Facebook, cable news and ad revenue dependent media until after the election.

It doesn’t take an Obama.

It doesn’t take a Wonder Woman.

It doesn’t take a Superman.

It doesn’t take a Jaime Lannister.

It takes strength in numbers. When YOU put YOUR strength behind one candidate, that will be strong enough to beat Trump.


Just saw this recent pic of Bernie. He does not look well here. Even if the color has been doctored by photoshop, it’s hard to disguise his frailty.