No matter which way this election turns out in the end, one loser is assured: For the second time in 2020, billionaire Michael Bloomberg learned that he cannot buy American democracy no matter how many millions of dollars he throws at the wall. Having already learned this lesson once in his pathetic campaign for the presidency, Bloomberg needed another round of education before the year was out.
He dumped more than $100 million to support Joe Biden in Florida, spurned to action by polls that showed the race tightening back in September. He spent that money in online and television ads aimed at “communicating with Hispanic voters.”
“The infusion of cash comes as polls indicate a tightening of the race between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who are deadlocked in a recent Marist Poll, and as Floridians start voting by mail at the end of the month,” Politico reported this fall. “Biden’s support among Hispanic voters is in double digits yet remains relatively low for a Democrat who wants to carry the state according to surveys of Latinos in Florida and Miami.”
But while many states throughout the union remained un-projected as of Thursday, Florida was one of the few swing states to get a call on election night. Trump won over Biden by a percentage of 3.4. All of those millions, all of those ads – all of the money spent paying fines so that ex-cons could vote – none of it came to anything in the end. Hispanic voters in South Florida rejected the party of socialism with a resounding “NO” and there was nothing that Bloomberg’s billions could do about it.
Oh, by the way: Florida wasn’t the only place that Bloomberg wasted his money.
“Howard Wolfson, one of Mr. Bloomberg’s closest aides, said the former mayor had recently asked his team to run a round of polls to see whether Mr. Trump had unexpected vulnerabilities that could be exploited in the campaign’s closing weeks,” The New York Times reported.
“Up to this point, Mr. Bloomberg’s general-election activities have focused on Florida, where he has pledged to spend $100 million supporting Mr. Biden,” the report continued. “The Bloomberg team conducted polling in a number of states over the weekend and came away convinced that Texas and Ohio represented its best targets — narrowly divided electoral prizes where the war for television airtime is not already cluttered with heavy advertising on either side. The team presented Mr. Bloomberg with the numbers on Monday morning and he gave the go-ahead.”
Trump won Ohio and Texas by healthy margins.
This election, so far, doesn’t give us a whole lot to celebrate (although it isn’t nearly as bad as the media predicted). But if it means that we can finally be shut of this annoying little dwarf and his efforts to buy the government, we’ll count it as a silver lining.