Billionaire hedge fund manager, liberal activist, and possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer became color blind and numerically incontinent on Monday morning, when he spoke with MSNBC.
Asked for his thoughts on last week's confirmation battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Steyer helpfully explained, "A group of very rich, very entitled white men wanted to tell the country, 'We are going to have our way. And if you don't like it, that's too darned bad.'" This makes it incumbent, Steyer says, on Democrats to use the midterm elections to "tell those rich, entitled white men that we exist and democracy exists."
Now while that might be a good rallying cry for some Demorats — say, Hispanic, female bartender Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it's not a terribly persuasive argument when coming from Steyer.
Steyer, after all, is very rich (Forbes estimates his net worth as $1.6 billion), he's also old (61), and he likes telling people what to do. Still, it's that latter point, Steyer's determination to have his interests prevail, which is the most important here. Because Steyer spends millions of dollars each year on efforts that many Americans wouldn't regard in their interest. Steyer's environmental agenda, for example, would lead to significant increases in household energy bills if ever adopted at the national level. His universal healthcare plans would also require massive tax increases and diminishing service. Yet where some Democrats recognize these concerns and attempt to at least partially moderate their proposals in order to win greater support, Steyer simply doubles down on his hard-line attitudes.
It goes beyond the policies. After all, rather than attempting to defeat President Trump on the merits of his perceived better ideas, Steyer is spending every month what many Americans will never make in a lifetime in an effort to overturn the 2016 elections and impeach Trump. Steyer doesn't want to wait for democracy to judge Trump's leadership, he just wants Trump gone by means of political brute force.
But hey, if you don't like it, that's just too darned bad.