By KJ Sankara
MIKE BLOOMBERG’S dramatic entrance on the Democratic Primary scene overshadowed last week’s debate.
With Tom Steyer already in the race, few would have forseen another billionaire getting involed.
Evidence suggests that Bloomberg must be taken seriously by the left.
He averages less than 2% in national polling, with little evidence that he could take on Donald Trump.
But the three-term New York mayor has money and political capital behind him.
If he is nominated, it could be a disaster for the anti-imperialist movement.
The media mogul not only backed the Iraq War in 2003, but appeared to endorse the notion that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
In 2004, he said: “Don’t forget that the war started not very many blocks from here.”
His recent record isn’t too golden, either.
Having previously labelled Benjamin Netanyahu a friend, and flew to Israel to express solidarity during the past two wars with Gaza.
Last year he took Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to Starbucks.
His familiar hawkish positions not only mirror the likes of Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton – but go further right.
In usual circumstances, a field of 10 other Democrats would be too difficult for even the most radical candidate to break into.
But Bloomberg has the whole establishment behind him.
Analysis by Redaction appears to show the purchase of over 1.3million follower bots to boost his online presence.
With the faltering campaigns of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg, Bloomberg represents the next – and perhaps last – centrist roll of the dice in the ideological battle within the Democrat field.
He now has until December 19 to prove he has the donors and polling behind him.