2. Bloomberg has a green challenge if he runs
Lots of environmentalists like Mike Bloomberg, but I'm not expecting a groundswell of activist support for his potential White House run.
Driving the news: The billionaire philanthropist and ex-New York mayor last week began flirting with a late entry into the Democratic field.
Why it matters: Climate change has long been a major priority for Bloomberg, who for years has poured resources into speeding the closure of coal-fired power plants.
- This year brought the launch of the $500 million "Beyond Carbon" campaign, which expands on that anti-coal work by calling, among other things, for blocking construction of new natural gas plants.
Where it stands: Environmentalists applaud his climate work, but stories yesterday in the Washington Post and the Washington Examiner quote activists who aren't thrilled by his maybe-campaign.
My own conversations with activists in recent days are consistent with those pieces. There are a few reasons for the missing embrace...
- Bloomberg, as the stories note, earlier this year knocked the Green New Deal deal as unrealistic.
- A billionaire parachuting into the race? That's out of step with the zeitgeist on the left, where Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are putting a major focus on inequality.
But, but, but: If Bloomberg runs and somehow becomes the nominee, major environmental groups would certainly pour all kinds of resources into electing him over President Trump.
Go deeper: Why Bloomberg might not run