Perhaps Democracy Can’t Be Bought 

I'm not entirely convinced, but this particular data point is heartening.

As of this morning, Michael Bloomberg has dropped out of the race for the presidency. In total, he spent approximately $500 million dollars, and won just one primary contest, taking first place in American Samoa with 175 votes. That’s not a typo. American Samoa has about 55,000 residents, and their Democratic primary caucus had just 351 participants. Even in victory, Bloomberg didn’t manage to woo a majority of the voters.

Over at The American Prospect, David Dayen argues that this utter flop is a good thing for American democracy.