If, as Bloomberg likes to say, “Trust in God, but everyone else bring data,” the data he harvested from the New Hampshire primary gave his team confidence that they are on the path to eventually winning the presidential nomination and, in the process, using his tens of billions in cash and widely admired organizational mastery of detail to reinvent U.S. presidential politics.
In sum, their thinking is this:
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who eked out a narrow win here, is a democratic socialist too far to the left to defeat Donald J. Trump. That is an arguable theory — Sanders wins his share of test match-ups with the president — but it accurately reflects the party establishment’s widespread fear of The Bern.
The two more moderate alternatives to Sanders who emerged Tuesday — Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar — divided their vote in such a way as to leave neither in control of that centrist “lane.” Both did surprisingly well — Buttigieg barely missed pulling off what would have been a huge upset and Klobuchar was closing impressively at the end. But Team Bloomberg regards both candidates as pleasant, under-sourced, and underwhelming foes whom they can flatten in three weeks on Super Tuesday — thanks to colossal levels of spending and staffing across the country.