There has been some mild heat thrown at the latest entry into the circus we’ve been watching known as the race to win the Democratic Party’s nomination, but now it looks as if Michael Bloomberg is about to experience the full Presidential candidate’s treatment. The former Mayor and billionaire Democratic candidate for President received a little flack for entering so late and for skipping some of the early primaries. Democratic front runner Joe Biden has accused Bloomberg of “buying” his way into the race but that was all child’s play in a Presidential election.
The gloves haven’t come off yet, but the straps are definitely being loosened. As a candidate, at least for anyone considered a relative threat, there will be more than a few punches to duck (and some of them will always be low blows). Nobody, at least no one who sticks around long enough, will go without going under the microscope known as the campaign trail. Now, Mr. Bloomberg is about to begin that experience of running for the highest office in the land.
Aside from the few whines and grumbles from the other candidates, Bloomberg has gone relatively unscathed, but in all fairness, his candidacy is still in its infancy. Unfortunately for him, babies or not, there is no empathy for those who throw their hat in the ring. Game on.
The first real attack as one story reports has now been levied, and this one was aimed at his character. Terms like “womanizer” and “sexist” are being thrown at the newest contender complete with a history of cited works by Bloomberg himself. Our story reports that a booklet of quotes from Bloomberg has made a reappearance and it isn’t pretty. The booklet, according to the story was put together nearly 30 years ago by a few of his colleagues to show Bloomberg’s “wit and wisdom.”
The booklet opens, as our story tells us, with this one-liner: “Make the customer think he’s getting laid when he’s getting [expletive].” And that is only the beginning, literally! Here are a few of the other choice quotes our story shared:
“What do I want?” The booklet said on page six. “I want an exclusive, 10-year contract, an automatic extension, and I want you to pay me. And I want [oral sex] from Jane Fonda. Have you seen Jane Fonda? Not bad for fifty.”
“If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdales.”
“I know for a fact that any self-respecting woman who walks past a construction site doesn’t get a whistle will turn around and walk past again and again until she does get one.”
It might be difficult to imagine a U.S. President saying something like that, or any of those things honestly, and remember, this is only his first battle on the road to the Oval Office. A few more revelations like this one, however, and his road could be a short one indeed. The fact that Bloomberg isn’t polling well to begin his campaign doesn’t bode well for the billionaire candidate and this latest news certainly won’t help.
These are the types of character revelations and words that don’t only offend women, they offend nearly everyone. Not a great way to start the race, and it may be over before it even gets started. Bloomberg did survive the political throws of New York, however, so he isn’t a complete stranger to the warfare that takes place on the campaign trail on the battlefield of politics.
In response to these reports and the questions surround these booklets (apparently there are several), Bloomberg responded through his spokeswoman Julie Wood. No, he’s not a rookie politician. Wood simply stated on his behalf that he “believes his words have not always aligned with his values and the way he has led his life.”
Wow, let’s hope not, but there are plenty of reasons to question that as well. Bloomberg handled the mean politics of New York but this isn’t New York, this is the entire country, as he is about to discover. Wit and wisdom? He is going to need a lot of both if he even hopes to have a chance in this race.