All things in moderation
— even the President!
COURIER LIFE, N 46 OVEMBER 15-21, 2019
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LAST WEEK’S TOP STORY:
The Democratic presidential primary
got a shakeup last week
when former Mayor Michael
Bloomberg began taking steps toward
formally entering the race.
After the word got out that he
fi led paperwork to enter next year’s
Alabama Primary, the news spread
quickly, as did the reaction to his potential
late entry into the crowded fi eld
Most of the reaction was mixed, to
say the least, with some suggesting his
late bid would upset the Democrats’
apple cart in their bid to defeat President
Trump. Pundits also pointed to
Bloomberg’s rather moderate position
— with some believing it a strength,
and others seeing it as a liability.
The former three-term mayor
wouldn’t be the fi rst presidential candidate
to jump into his party’s primary
within a year or less from the actual
presidential election. History shows
the results have been mixed.
The late Senator Robert F. Kennedy
joined the race in March 1968, shortly
after the New Hampshire Primary,
and was seemingly on his way to the
nomination when tragedy struck. Retired
General Wesley Clark also joined
a wide-open Democratic fi eld in 2003
after a public draft movement, but his
campaign fi zzled out within weeks.
How will former Mayor Bloomberg
perform? That’s up to him — and, more
importantly, the voters.
His three terms as mayor of the nation’s
largest city were largely successful,
as he helped lead the rebuilding
effort following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist
attacks. Bloomberg also spurred
further development across the fi ve
boroughs and helped diversify its
economy by attracting businesses in a
wider variety of fi elds from healthcare
Bloomberg’s record certainly qualifi
es him to be part of the presidential
As for moderation and moderate
candidates, we don’t believe either
should be eschewed by the voters.
Even before Bloom berg’s entry into
the race, candidates like former Vice
President Joe Biden and South Bend,
Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg were
getting a raw deal because they’re not
as far to the left as others.
But moderation is a strength because
polarization leads to dysfunction,
as we have seen during the current
administration. We believe most
American voters want someone who
will tilt left or right, but stay grounded
toward the center and put the country
— not the party — fi rst.
We’ll fi nd out in time if that candidate
is Bloomberg or someone else
from the Democratic fi eld. Either
way, the Democrats need to get it
right — as another four years of Donald
Trump would be disastrous for
Michael Bloomberg strolls down the Coney Island Boardwalk during the beach’s opening
daying ceremonies during his tenure as mayor of New York City Photo by Paul Martinka