Sometimes you learn more from politicians when they lose than you ever did from their successes.
Take Michael Bloomberg, for example, the multi-billionaire former Mayor of New York who withdrew from the presidential election race in the USA last week. He stepped down with regret but no animosity toward the thousands of Democrat Party voters who had rejected his heavily-financed bid for nomination as the party’s choice in the next election.
Bloomberg could well have been upset at the blunt rejection of his cash-funded bid for party membership support but chose instead the high road of loyalty to a Democratic Party cause and personal integrity. He said he was “clear-eyed” about the rejection of his bid to be nominated as the chosen presidential candidate, accepted it without reservation and then added:
“I will not be our party’s nominee, but I will not walk away from the most important political fight of my life – and that is victory” when the USA decides whether to re-elect or replace Donald Trump in the presidency.
With that said, he announced his full support to former Vice President Joe Biden, who had been propelled into the lead in the same primaries that had spelled the end of Bloomberg’s bid.
If it seems a little strange for a beat-up, former Canadian daily newspaper columnist, now blogging once a week, to be sticking his nose into a United States election, there are no apologies here. I share a geographic “circus tent” with the U.S., and whenever the “elephant” rolls over, Canadians pay attention.
And, there is no doubt that the “elephant” is more than a little restless these days since President Donald Trump took over the White House and proceeded to topple his country from world leader to world buffoon or bully – depending on his morning or midnight Twitters.
President Trump often boasts about his wealth but never mentions his list of bankruptcies. Michael Bloomberg leaves mention of his billions to others and doesn’t have much time for the arrogant affluence of the man now running the White House in defiance of Congress.
We have to wait a while longer before the Democrats finally name their candidate to challenge President Trump at the polls. But, if Biden holds his present lead and does topple Trump from his imaginary royal throne, I have a couple of suggestions for the first President Biden cabinet:
Ask Bloomberg to take over foreign affairs and get the USA back to a respected world leadership role. He’s a man who could match an Arab prince in high stake negotiations, and he thinks like the philosopher Plautus (254-184 BC): “Not by years, but by disposition, is wisdom acquired.” A wise man with his established achievements has long been needed.
And, put Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders in charge of any and all negotiations and discussions on gun laws. Film and distribute key meetings to news outlets – especially the one where the gun lobby concedes defeat, as it surely will if faced with Warren or Sanders in high dudgeon on gun control.