A Bloomberg-Clinton Combo Could Secure a Brokered DNC Convention in July

Feb..17, 2020
Bob Adelmann

Michael Bloomberg needs a strong showing on March 3, Super Tuesday, and to avoid making a fool of himself during the March 15th debate in Phoenix, in order to accomplish his objective: naming the candidate with the best chance of unseating the president in November at the Democrat National Convention in Milwaukee in July.

He doesn't want the nomination for himself. He wants to name the person with the best chance of unseating the president in the general election in November. To do that he must keep any of the present candidates from securing the nomination on the first ballot.

If that means naming Hillary Clinton as his vice-presidential running mate, with all of her accumulated baggage, so be it.

He is testing that concept through a trial balloon his campaign launched over the weekend. His campaign leaked details of a strategy designed to test the market for Hillary Clinton as his running mate 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 denied the rumor. Bloomberg's campaign director Jason Schechter said "We are focused on the primary and the debate, not VP speculation." And when Clinton was asked about 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 added that his "source" said Bloomberg was prepared to change his residence from New York to another state to comply with the 12th Amendment which prohibits Electoral College electors from voting for presidential and vice-presidential candidates living in the same state. Tweeted Drudge: "Bloomberg himself would go as far as to change his official residence from NY to homes in owns in CO or FL, since Electoral College makes it hard for POTUS and VPOTUS to be from the same state."

As Michael Goodwin noted 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."

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As this writer has surmised, Bloomberg isn't interested in gaining the nomination. He knows that, in the eyes of the voters, he is too old, too white and too rich. He also knows that voters have never put a Jewish candidate into the White House. What he is interested in is keeping Biden, or any of the others survivors of the Siamese fish fight going on on stage and behind the scenes, from winning the nomination on the first ballot in Milwaukee in July. To do that he must have a strong presence on Super Tuesday (March 3) and during the upcoming debate in Phoenix on March 15th. Bloomberg needs that strong performance in one more national poll to qualify for that debate.

Despite Clinton's baggage, she brings to Bloomberg's campaign unrivaled establishment Democratic credibility, solid support from black voters, and strong feminist credentials. It could be just the boost he needs to secure the splitting of delegates among the leaders. As pollster Nate Silver expressed it: "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 succeeds, then Bloomberg will ride into the second ballot where all delegates, including those superdelegates that were precluded from voting in the first round, will be released from their pledges. He is already wining and dining those superdelegates to secure their support. And former president Barack Obama has let it be known that he wants to stop Sanders, and could endorse Bloomberg.

If that happens, Bloomberg will have his way in Milwaukee.

That could 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.

For the record, this writer is watching with increasing interest the sudden meteoric rise in the performance of Minnesota Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar. She rose from virtual obscurity to third place in New Hampshire, and in the week since has raised $12 million online. That's more than she raised in the last three months of 2019.



McAlvany Intelligence Advisor: Democrat Party's Brokered Convention in July to Be the First One Since 1952

Daily Mail: Mike Bloomberg 'is considering picking Hillary Clinton as his running mate in the 2020 Democratic race to help take on Trump'

Fox News: Bloomberg campaign downplays report he is considering Hillary Clinton as running mate

The New York Post: As Bloomberg's VP, Hillary Clinton could get revenge against Trump: Goodwin

The New York Post: Bloomberg reportedly considering Hillary Clinton as his running mate

Tweet from Matt Drudge

The New York Post: Hillary Clinton on being vice president: 'Never say never'

New York Daily News: Hillary for vice president? Bloomberg campaign refuses to shoot down 'speculation' about Clinton as running mate

Politico: Drudge floats the implausible: A Bloomberg-Clinton ticket

CNBC: Bloomberg is considering Hillary Clinton as his running mate, says Matt Drudge

Townhall: Clinton Can't Win the Presidency So One 2020 Dem Is Considering Her as a Running Mate

Newsmax: Drudge Report: Bloomberg May Make Hillary Running Mate

Daily Caller: Trump World Reacts To Report Bloomberg Could Tap Hillary To Be His VP

The Epoch Times: Bloomberg Campaign Responds to Report That He Is Considering Hillary Clinton as His VP Pick

AP News: After New Hampshire surge, Klobuchar turns to Nevada, beyond

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