Fresh from buying three local elections, Bloomberg is going national with the same tactics. He’s spending a whole bunch of money to influence the political process while bemoaning the control that special interests have over politics.
By special interests, Bloomberg means the NRA, which has nearly 5 million members. That’s more than 10 times the number of people who voted for him in the last mayoral election. (The fact that in a city of 8 million, a little over a million could even be bothered to come out and vote says it all.) It’s also 100 times more than his 50,000 vote margin of victory against a stalking horse candidate who barely bothered to campaign.
But let’s raise the curtain on Michael Bloomberg, Man of the People, fighting the millions of NRA supporters with millions of dollars.
Today’s vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington, Bloomberg says. But Senators doing what millions of voters want is hardly a special interests stranglehold. It’s democracy.
A creepy billionaire trying to tell Senators to ignore their own voters with a blizzard of negative ads on the other hand is an attempted, but failed special interest strangehold.
More than 40 U.S. senators would rather turn their backs on the 90 percent of Americans who support comprehensive background checks
If the 40 senators really thought that the 90 percent figure was compelling, they wouldn’t have voted that way. What Mayor Mike is really angry about is that they turned their back on him and his cash.
The only silver lining is that we now know who refuses to stand with the 90 percent of Americans – and in 2014, our ever-expanding coalition of supporters will work to make sure that voters don’t forget.
I’m sure that’s really terrifying and all, but considering that Bloomberg barely managed to buy his last election in New York City by 50,000 votes, his grand coalition isn’t as big as he thinks it is.