I want to give a hat tip to Kurt Schlichter for the image idea. In his column today, Kurt referred to Mike Bloomberg as “Frodo Moneybags.” I liked it, but I thought Moneybaggins was better. And since Bilbo is the main character in the Hobbit, I changed it to Bilbo Moneybaggins.
But still. Hat tip, Kurt Schlichter for the idea.
Any old how.
Kurt’s column “You Bernie Suckers Are Going to Get Fooled Again” is pretty much what a lot of you guys have been saying – Bernie will fall in line with the Establishment and let Bilbo Moneybaggins secure the nomination.
[Or the “gnome-ination” as Kurt likes to put it.]
Here’s a bit from Kurt’s column (but you’ll want to read the whole thing):
Here’s how it’s going to go: Because you are stupid – you support a socialist, so you are presumptively stupid – you think that if you work really hard and win the votes the establishment creeps who own the Democratic Party are going to let you have a say. But, like last time, you won’t get a say. You’ll work real hard – maybe if you worked really hard at actual jobs you wouldn’t be half-wit socialists – and you’ll win the votes, and all your dreams will die as you end up with the nomination going to a malignant midget multi-zillionaire.
See, while Bilbo Moneybaggins might have faced a barrage of attacks at last night’s debate, the Establishment really doesn’t have any choice here. It’s either Bernie or the Hobbit.
And they would much rather have the Hobbit. Especially when you consider that the Democrat Party is heavily dependent on Wall Street and big-money donors all of whom loathe Sanders and Warren.
The DNC can’t alienate these people. That’s just a fact.
And right now the only candidate who gives those High Dollar Donors a happy is Bilbo Moneybaggins.
The networks and cable news will fall in line.
In fact, and forgive me for sharing a Media Matters graphic, in their post-debate commentary, today’s network morning shows mentioned Bloomberg more than the other five candidates – combined.
Now, some of that coverage might have been negative. Bloomberg didn’t exactly have a tremendous debate night.
But if 2016 is any indication, having all the other candidates pig-pile on you isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As soon as Trump took off in the polls, the other Republicans zeroed in on him like Ana Navarro on a dessert cart.
And if you recall, that didn’t exactly hurt Trump, did it?
Granted Bilbo Moneybaggins isn’t Trump. But still. He’s the guy everyone is talking about today.
In the absence of any other viable alternative to Bernie, the media has no choice but to promote the Hobbit despite his poor performance last night.
Hell, even the politicians Bilbo hasn’t gotten around to buying off will fall in line eventually.
Besides which, thanks to his endless campaign funds, Bloomberg was able to turn chicken sh*t into chicken salad with this funny social media ad on last night’s debate.
I don’t care who you are, this is undeniably clever.
And the blue-checkmark “journalists” on Twitter are setting their hair on fire over it. They’re shrieking “deep fake!” and “doctored video!” and every other nonsensical thing they shriek when Trump tweets out a video.
Politico “reporter” Laura Barrón-López shared the video and added:
If this isn’t a borderline deep fake its [sic] at very least disinformation.
This video has been spliced and diced and doesn’t accurately depict how this moment happened at all at debate last night.
Calm down, honey. We already knew it wasn’t accurate the instant we heard the crickets.
The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler tweeted the video with this comment:
One has to seriously question the credibility of any campaign that would push out such a manipulated video. These reaction shots are unrelated to the two-second moment in the debate. This is a dangerously slippery slope that will lead to a nuclear war of fake videos.
Former Hillary spokesman Jesse Lehrich had this to say:
between this deceptively edited video, the TV & radio ads that imply Obama endorsed him, the paid social media/texting that’s designed to seem organic…
Bloomberg is weaponizing disinfo in ways that fundamentally undermine democracy.
Have these morons never heard of the “Streisand Effect?”
By quote-tweeting that video, these people only ensured more folks would see it.
There’s no need to help Bilbo Moneybaggins get the message out. The dude’s richer than a small industrialized nation. Let him pay for his own social media promotion.
Besides, your pearl-clutching over a comical video makes you guys look all manner of stupid.
And, really? Why go to the trouble to go after Bilbo Moneybaggins at all? We know these media folks (and everybody else who is in cahoots with the DNC) will fall in line and support the Hobbit to keep Bernie from getting his hands on the
What choice do they have?
One final note.
I mentioned Tuesday in my post “Mini-Mike rises, Liz Warren hardest hit” that one of the reasons Warren is really stung by Mike’s bottomless wallet is because she vowed not to accept any corporate/big money donations or PACs.
Well, that changed.
“Well, I was going to stand by my principles … until nobody else stood by my principles, then I said, ‘F**k it!'”
But that is so typical of her.
Saying goodbye to your deeply-held convictions in order to keep yourself from having to drop out is exactly what we should expect from this fraud.
And all it took was Bilbo Moneybaggins parachuting in from the Shire and kicking her ass in the polls.
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