Bernie Loses His Billionaire Best Friend | The American Spectator
Bernie Loses His Billionaire Best Friend
Paul Kengor
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Mike Bloomberg and Bernie Sanders at the Democrat debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 19, 2020 (YouTube screenshot)

Bad news, Bernie. Really bad news.

When billionaire Mike Bloomberg joined the Democrat debate stage two weeks ago in Nevada, a brooding Bernie Sanders looked ready to pounce on him screaming, “Capitalist reptile!” The old codger glanced, grimaced, growled at the former New York mayor to his right.

“I think … Mike Bloomberg and anybody else has every right in the world to run for president of the United States,” said a visibly agitated Sanders. “But I got a real problem with multibillionaires literally buying elections.”

It frosted Bernie to share the debate stage with Manhattan Mike, who indeed effectively bought himself a spot on that stage. Some $500 million later, without winning a single state, Bloomberg pulled out of the race the day after Super Tuesday. Bernie Sanders will rue the day.

Take a close look at the state-by-state voting on Super Tuesday and the national polls over the last several weeks as Bloomberg gained some traction. What they showed, particularly before Super Tuesday, is that Bloomberg — though he had little chance of winning the party’s nomination — was taking precious votes directly out of the column of Joe Biden, Bernie’s chief competitor. The non-Bernie vote, the non-socialist vote, the non-moonbat vote, the “moderate” Democrat vote, was going to Bloomberg and Biden. Fairly consistently, that constituted a roughly 30-to-40-percent voting bloc that in many cases split between Biden and Bloomberg. As long as that dynamic continued, Bernie could keep winning states with a mere 25 to 30 percent of the vote.

What that meant, Bernie, is that this bad-boy billionaire was your best friend. Yes, Manhattan Mike was your path to the Democratic nomination. It no doubt enrages you to try to conceive of this servant of the bourgeoisie and exploiter of the worker-masses as your unlikely political pal, but he was. Not only should you have not denounced him; you should have embraced him. Heck, Bernie, you should have tossed the billionaire a few bucks from your own sizable political war chest, begging him to keep his hat in the ring.

But like an old Trotskyist who can’t control his rage at his opponents or at a man with wealth, Bernie couldn’t contain himself.

“No more billionaires!” remains a Bernie battle cry, and it was tailor-fit for smearing Manhattan Mike. It must have taken everything in his boiling socialist blood not to bark “enemy of the proletariat!” at Bloomberg on that debate stage.

These socialist revolutionaries just can’t help themselves. Observers of old commie wars know what I’m talking about. Toss together a room of Marxists, Trotskyists, Stalinists, Bolsheviks, Mensheviks, Kautskyites, Lovestone-ites, Communist Party USA hacks, and Socialist Workers Party stooges, and you have a full-blown civil war. Put a Trotskyist and CPUSA goon in a padded cell together with a switchblade, and there will be blood. Trotskyists are a miserable lot, and they love to fight. The Trotskyist wing in the United States is the Socialist Workers Party, which was the gang Bernie supported from college in the 1960s to the 1980s, when he was a formal presidential elector for the SWP.

As Trotskyists say, the one certainty of the permanent revolution is that it’s permanent. Bernie incessantly prattles about the “revolution.” According to Trotsky, “The day and the hour when power will pass into the hands of the working class depends directly … upon the class struggle … the initiative, [the] readiness to fight of the workers.” He vowed, with words that Bernie no doubt knows, “The permanent revolution is no isolated leap of the proletariat; rather it is the rebuilding of the whole nation under the leadership of the proletariat. That is how I conceived and interpreted the prospect of the permanent revolution.”

Onward, Sandernistas! Forward!

And so Bernie just couldn’t help himself. Fat-cat Mike Bloomberg had to be badmouthed. Well, Bernie, now Mayor Mike is gone. You won’t have that billionaire to kick around anymore. And now, you’re going to be kicking yourself. You just lost your best ally, comrade.

Not a single billionaire has donated to our campaign!” bellowed Bernie, lips curled, snarling in the direction of billionaire Bloomberg. Maybe not, Bernie, but little Mike’s cool $500 mil was worth far more to your campaign than what any billionaire could have donated to it. Kiss it goodbye, baby.

Paul Kengor
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Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., and senior academic fellow at the Center for Vision & Values. Dr. Kengor is author of over a dozen books, including A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism, and Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.
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