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Note to Mini Mike: Trump won despite being a billionaire

President Donald John Trump attended the Daytona 500, thrilling 120,000 people. The part I liked best was the whining by critics.

Maggie Haberman of the New York Times tweeted he was "Using the official apparatus of government for what appears to be a political event."

Haberman should take it up with Adam Schiff because it sounds like an article of impeachment: using all the apparatus. On purpose!

President Trump is the most successful salesman in America. He is a billionaire who gets thousandaires to send him money. He is part Norman Vincent Peale and part Sun Tzu. He won the presidency despite being a billionaire.

First, he does not condescend. He is playboy with a beautiful wife and a three-story penthouse apartment. He is a founding member of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Hall of Fame. King Louis XIV would be envious.

Second, he gets America. He revived beauty pageants, promoted pro wrestling, birthed the UCF a chance, and embraced NASCAR. He didn't try to show he was one of us. He proved he understood us.

Third, this doesn't keep him from golfing. Americans get that this is how he conducts business. There also is a touch of Rodney Dangerfield as Al Czervik in Caddyshack in his game.

Fourth, he is a showman. His rallies are raucous and fun. The key is having one of the best conservative comedians at each rally.

Him.

In 2015, he soared to the top of a 17-candidate Republican field through earned media. The news media could not get enough of him. They thought exposure would be his downfall. It made him.

4 years later, Mayor Mike Bloomberg has entered the picture. He has 10 times President Trump's wealth, which Bloomberg believes will enable him to defeat President Trump. The Democrat Party Establishment agrees.

Buzz Feed News reported, "The sheer hugeness of the former New York City mayor’s campaign is its defining feature. It is the Death Star of presidential campaigns. Bloomberg employs more — much more — staff than any other candidate, and pays them unusually well. And not only that, he offers them three meals a day and iPhone 11s. Bloomberg’s campaign events have everything: catered food, more than enough free t-shirts for everyone, highly produced stages with themed backdrops and lecterns. Bloomberg is carrying out the largest advertising campaign in the history of American presidential politics, with over $400 million spent on ads so far and counting. Bloomberg is cornering the market on available staff for other campaigns that might need them.

"Bloomberg’s campaign is like a giant lava cake that has oozed across the plate, the plate in this case being the United States. While the other Democratic candidates schlepped all over Iowa and New Hampshire, shaking hands in coffee shops and holding town halls in Elks lodges, Bloomberg was jetting around states that vote later and attracting large crowds; a move that looked particularly smart after the Iowa caucuses fiasco. Bloomberg’s advertising has raised his profile such that, though he did not contest New Hampshire and wasn’t on its ballot, Bloomberg won thousands of more votes in the state’s primary than two candidates who had pinned their entire hopes on the state. It’s probably not a coincidence that Bloomberg has been advertising heavily in neighboring Massachusetts, which votes on Super Tuesday, when more than a third of pledged delegates will be up for grabs across 16 contests. Bloomberg is simply everywhere.

"The overwhelming size and scope of Bloomberg’s campaign is more than a gimmick: It’s a validator for more moderate Democrats looking for a stable home in a tumultuous primary, a signal that while other candidates may stumble in the primary or later against President Trump, Bloomberg’s operation is too big to fail."

Too Big To Fail, eh?

Bloomberg is too big to succeed. 10 times the wealth means 10 times as hard a chance to win because he misses the whole point of leading a nation. First, you must understand the nation you would lead.
Never Trumper Holman W. Jenkins Jr. wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the Democrat elitists have sold their party to Bloomberg. Duh. The Obama administration sold foreign policy out to Russia, Red China, and others. Ukraine was for lesser Democrats like Joe Biden.

This won't work.

Jenkins wrote, "The idea that Mr. Bloomberg has any catch-fire potential in the larger electorate is the ultimate flaw in the scenario. At least if they lose with Bernie, Democrats will be able to respect themselves in the morning.

"The potted story line is that Mr. Trump envied Mr. Bloomberg his genuine entrepreneurial accomplishments and his bigger fortune, but it turned out it was Mr. Trump who got up and did what Mr. Bloomberg has been mooning about for two decades — run for president and win.

"Mr. Bloomberg is the man who wants to be invited, who wants to be seen stepping forward because the people summoned him. Mr. Trump invited himself — and was surprised by the result. His imitators shouldn’t kid themselves about this. A genuinely enthusiastic section of the electorate ran away with the GOP in 2016. Mr. Trump provided the message; in no sense was its reception orchestrated by him. On the contrary, he didn’t have to spend money on ads."

Now we are getting somewhere. Money. Bloomberg missed why Donald Trump won. The president sold himself on Republicans in 2015 without spending a dime on ads.

Not until he had been in the race for six months did The Donald start buying ad time. In all, he spent $66 million of his own on the primary and general elections.

Bloomberg has dropped $400 million already.

Jenkins wrote, "His ads might have moved him from 3% to 10% in the polls but ads have sharply diminishing returns. They make people aware of a product. They don’t make them buy it. After three viewings, viewers tune them out. Mr. Bloomberg could try handing $10 bills to voters but U.S. law and tradition frown on this. It’s the other element of his spending, meanwhile, that has toxic potential for the Democratic Party — the sight of so many party stalwarts dropping everything for a financial opportunity for themselves."

Donald John Trump earned the presidency and he will be darned if he will lose it.

Politico reported, "President Donald Trump doesn’t have much of a primary fight on his hands — but Republican voters are nevertheless turning out in droves for him, a warning sign for Democrats in November.

"The massive turnout is a reflection of organic enthusiasm among conservatives and a sophisticated effort by Trump's campaign to rev up its get-out-the-vote machine ahead of the general election. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire ahead of voting, and the campaign flooded the two states with high-profile surrogates and launched a Facebook advertising blitz reminding supporters to cast ballots.

"The efforts are paying off, with Republicans turning out in historic numbers. Trump received more than 31,000 votes in the Iowa caucus, surpassing the 25,000 Democrats who turned out during Barack Obama’s successful 2012 reelection bid. Trump’s share was more than four times the number of Republicans who caucused during George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign.

"The vote totals in New Hampshire were even starker. The president received 129,696 votes, more than doubling Obama and Bush's totals."

Which gets us to those donations to Donald Trump. When I was 7, I got my mother to buy a Kennedy button for 50 cents. That was a lot of money to me. I will never ever turn my back on JFK.

The only presidential candidate I have donated to is Donald Trump. My support for him is exponentially larger than my support for JFK.

Bloomberg is accepting no donations.

He just does not get it.

The press is calling this the Battle of Billionaires. Donald Trump's been there, done that, and shaved Vince McMahon's head afterward.

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