Who are the Dems?

Knowing what one is NOT is a lot easier than knowing what one is.

It came as little surprise Wednesday morning when former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg officially switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.

“At key points in U.S. history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution. Two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of those threats. Today, I have re-registered as a Democrat – I had been a member for most of my life – because we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs,” Bloomberg posted via Instagram.

Some national media organizations speculate Bloomberg is positioning himself to run for president in 2020. If this is indeed his intention, he enters a very crowded field of Democratic contenders.

Some of Bloomberg’s positions firmly align him with the Democrats. He favors:

Strict gun control,

Strong abortion and gay marriage rights,

Free trade,

Immigration, and

An end to burning coal to generate electricity.

However …

According to Forbes Magazine, Bloomberg’s estimated net worth is $48 billion. To say Bloomberg is part of the Wall Street crowd may be an understatement, as he founded the financial news firm – Bloomberg L.P. – in 1981. After his term as NYC mayor ended, he returned to the company he founded as its CEO.

By itself, this seems to place Bloomberg at odds with the Democrats’ liberal wing. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is another potential 2020 hopeful. On her website, she states: “Corporate profits and CEO pay are near record highs. But workers’ wages have barely budged for a generation, and, one after another, workers’ rights are getting wiped away.”

Another likely Democratic contender for 2020 is U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who proudly declares himself a “democratic socialist,” and has attained national notoriety during the last three years by regularly decrying “billionaires.”

At this point, because Republicans control every branch of the federal government, it is easy for Democrats to ignore the differences among them to focus on their common foes: President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans.

If Democrats are successful in regaining control of at least one chamber of Congress this year, we will be very interested to see when they start fighting among themselves. Our guess is that it will be about as long as it takes them to get to Iowa and New Hampshire to start campaigning for 2020.