Bloomberg Isn't Perfect, But Neither Is Any Other Democrat

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Ahead of a potential Democratic presidential run, Michael Bloomberg apologized Sunday for his longstanding support of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” police strategy he embraced as New York’s mayor and continued to defend despite its disproportionate impact on people of color. Addressing a black church in Brooklyn, Bloomberg said he was “sorry” and acknowledged it often led to the detention of blacks and Latinos.

 
 
 

It doesn't take a someone with a degree in political science to figure out why Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to change his stance on his "stop and frisk" policy right as he starts his presidential campaign.The tried and true formula for a Democrat to have a chance of taking the Oval Office involves strong support from African Americans, Latinos, and other people of color. It would be pretty hard for the former New York City Mayor to have a chance at besting President Trump without their support.

Bloomberg abandoning one of his most successful policies to placate to the democratic base is the latest instance of another flawed and unremarkable candidate jumping into the race. With the general election less than a year away, the field should be shrinking, not growing. Bloomberg's announcement, along with former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's own presidential bid, is seen by some as a evidence that the Democratic field stress quantity over quality.

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