Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign launched specifics of a strategy built to test the market for Hillary Clinton as his running partner to Matt Drudge on Saturday. Drudge, the founder of his news aggregate website (with millions of visitors), tweeted: “Sources close to Bloomberg campaign told DRUDGE REPORT that candidate is considering Hillary as running mate after their polling found the Bloomberg-Clinton combination would be a formidable force.”
Naturally, both parties dismissed the rumor. Bloomberg’s campaign director, Jason Schechter, stated, “We are focused on the primary and the debate, not VP speculation.” And when Clinton was inquired concerning it on Ellen DeGeneres’ The Ellen Show, she dissembled: “Well, that’s not going to happen, but no, probably no.” However, to add clarity where none was needed, she said in the same interview, “As I say, never, never, never say never. I will certainly tell you I’m under enormous pressure from many, many people to think about it.”
Drudge included that his “source” stated Bloomberg was ready to adjust his residence from New York to another state to abide by the 12th Amendment, which prohibits Electoral College electors from voting for presidential and vice-presidential aspirants residing in the same state. Tweeted Drudge: “Bloomberg himself would go as far as to change his official residence from NY to homes he owns in CO or FL since Electoral College makes it hard for POTUS and VPOTUS to be from the same state.”
As Michael Goodwin documented in the New York Post, “Bloomberg, remember, is a numbers guy and his team conducts polls relentlessly. Drudge says they’ve already tested the tag-team idea quietly and, liking what they saw, now want to go public and test it more broadly.”
Since The New American, as well as others, have guessed, Bloomberg isn’t serious about achieving the nomination. He knows that, in the eyes of the voters, he is too ancient, too white, and too abundant. He also sees that voters have never put a Jewish candidate into the White House. What he is considering is keeping Biden, or any of the other survivors of the Siamese fish fight going on on stage and behind the curtain, from earning the nomination on the initial ballot in Milwaukee in July. To do that, he needs to have a robust presence on Super Tuesday (March 3) and throughout the forthcoming argument in Phoenix on March 15. Bloomberg requires that solid performance in a single more national poll to be eligible for that debate.
Despite Clinton’s load, she brings to Bloomberg’s campaign unrivaled establishment Democratic credibility, stable help from black voters, and strong feminist credentials. It can be just the enhancement he has to protect the splitting of delegates among the leaders. As pollster Nate Silver conveyed: “He doesn’t want any of the other moderates to emerge with momentum” going into the convention.
Bloomberg’s goal is simple, according to Goodwin: “Consider that some two-thirds of pledged delegates will have been awarded by the end of March. Bloomberg’s best hope — prevailing at a brokered convention — depends on having something reasonably close to the 1,991 delegates needed for a majority on the first ballot.”
If he is successful, then Bloomberg will journey into the second ballot where all delegates, which include those superdelegates that were precluded from voting in the first round, will be released from their pledges. He is already winning and eating those superdelegates to acquire their help. And past president Barack Obama has allowed it to be recognized that he desires to prevent Sanders, and could support Bloomberg.
In the event that takes place, Bloomberg will have his way in Milwaukee.
That might lead to someone without Clinton’s baggage becoming Bloomberg’s candidate of choice. Without that baggage, and with Bloomberg’s bottomless checkbook, that candidate could indeed present a formidable challenge to the president in the general election.