Wineke: Did Bloomberg win the debate?

Democrat: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed to enter the presidential race on Nov. 21, 2019.
SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 12: Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 12, 2019 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, and technology spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. — After spending a day watching and reading the political pundits, I’m beginning to think I must be the only one in America who thinks Mayor Bloomberg came out of the last Democratic Party debate looking better than when he went in.

Partially, that’s because he seemed to be the only one on stage who remembered that Donald Trump is now president of the United States.

Senator Elizabeth Warren certainly didn’t seem to think so.

“So, I’d like to talk aboout who we’re running against,” she said. “A billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians.’ And, no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”

Well, silly me. I had actually thought the Democrats are running against President Trump who, just before the debate named as his latest national intelligence director one Richard Grenell, a man with virtually no experience in the field.

I might have thought that, but I would have been wrong. The president was just a passing subject of interest in a two-hour slug fest that seemed designed to make each candidate show his or her worst personality traits.

I mean, honestly, can you say you would relish watching Senator Bernie Sanders shouting at you during the newscasts every night for the next four years, or face Warren pouncing on you anytime you displayed a weakness?

Yes, if the choice would be President Trump smashing every civic and moral norm sustaining American society, I would endure Sanders and ignore Warren. I would also vote for either Beavis or Butt Head before I’d vote for Trump.

My personal favorite is Senator Amy Klubuchar, who makes the most sense, is funny and is at least younger than I am. Also, she eats sald with a hair comb, so she’s got that going for her.

But, in the end, it was Bloomberg who put the issue into perspective: He said the only two issues at hand were who could beat President Trump in November and who could enact a program once in office.

No one asked him what that program might be, so about the only time Bloomberg spoke was in reaction to attacks on his wealth and on his personal integrity, most of which seemed to be mean-spirited and just, plain mean.

He’s a billionaire. He’s trying to buy the election. We all know that beforehand. Why spend a debate repeating the obvious?

Sanders might be capable of winning the election, especially if he has access to Bloomberg’s money, but he has zero chance of seeing any of his programs written into law.

After Klubuchar, my favorite candidate is Mayor Pete. I like his personality and his personal courage – but about the fourth time he explained that the answers we need to solve the nation’s problems are best found in South Bend, Indiana, I started to think that, maybe, he should run for Congress or something.

But Bloomberg, who seems to have the charisma of a clam, can claim to have built a worldwide business, amassed a nest egg of $66 billion, won election as mayor of the most diverse city in the nation three times and hasn’t so far as I know been accused of any personal immorality.

Why is he the one Warren considers the enemy?