Joe Biden is a well-known gaffe machine. He has made some of the most outlandish statements on the campaign trail and elsewhere over the years. In an opinion piece last fall, Larry Elder pointed out some of the more laughable examples, for example, “’Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.’ — Biden, Aug. 8, 2019.”

But at least Biden’s gaffes are idiotic verbal blunders that generally don’t have anything to do with policy or derogatory opinions about others.

The same cannot be said about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who is running for the Democrat presidential nomination this year. His career is littered with ridiculous public statements on a variety of important topics that he has later spun, finessed or tried to hide. In addition, some of his policy positions are outside the mainstream and are only now being discussed by the legacy media because his nearly $400 million investment in campaign advertising has vaulted him into third place, nationwide, and second place in California, according to the latest poll averages at Real Clear Politics.

In advance of tonight’s Star Wars bar scene debate, let’s go through a list of some of Bloomberg’s more memorable – forgettable? – past statements, positions, and revelations and see how they might affect certain blocs of voters.

  • As NYC mayor, he tried to ban “large sugary beverages” (“Big Gulps”). Say good-bye to independent-minded voters tired of the Nanny State.
  • In 2011, he “hired his magazine publishing friend with ZERO QUALIFICATIONS to run New York City’s Schools.” She quit after 95 days. Say good-bye to the anti-nepotism and anti-corruption vote.

  • In 2012, he proposed a ban on baby formula (for real!). Say good-bye to the libertarian vote.
  • In this video, he stated that care should be denied to people “after a certain age” because it’s “not worth it.” Say good-bye to the seniors vote.

  • Back in December, he unveiled a sweeping gun control plan that is far outside the mainstream (and unconstitutional). Say good-bye to the 2A support vote.
  • He infamously dissed farmers in this video. Say good-bye to the agriculture vote.

  • How about making a fool of himself in this idiotic football video? Say good-bye the serious people vote.

  • Lastly, there are his shocking comments on stop-and-frisk. Say good-bye to the minority vote.

After reviewing the above, I’m not sure what his constituency is at this point. Will he be asked about any of those topics during the debate? If so, it could get interesting.

Lastly, if any of his opponents on the stage tonight were wise, they would have paid to broadcast this ad by Redstate colleage Brandon Morse on all channels before and after the debate.

Laugh. Out. Loud! Mini-Mike is going nowhere fast.

The end.

P.S. Check out the debate live-blog here at Redstate for all the action.

Stu Cvrk
Stu Cvrk served 30 years in the US Navy in a variety of active and reserve capacities, with considerable operational experience in the Middle East and the Western Pacific. An oceanographer and systems analyst through education and experience, Stu is a graduate of the US Naval Academy where he received a classical liberal education which serves as the key foundation for his political commentary. He threads daily on Twitter on a wide range of political, military, foreign policy, government, economics, and world affairs topics.
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