By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) For months, various political analysts and Washington insiders have been predicting that Hillary Clinton is narcissistic enough to try and wrangle her way to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The most recent prediction came from a confident former high counselor to President Donald Trump.
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In December, Steve Bannon said Hillary was “definitely” going to run for the nomination.
“Hillary Clinton,” Bannon said in an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.
“You saw the Howard Stern thing. Hillary Clinton is waiting for her shot to come in and say ‘I’m gonna save the Democratic Party,’ that ‘Michael Bloomberg is a liberal or moderate Republican. He’s not a Democrat.’ She’s gonna come in,” he added.
Now, a former senior political adviser to George W. Bush is making the same prediction, and he’s even explaining how he believes she’ll catapult herself over the field of Democratic also-rans into the nomination.
In an interview Saturday with Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan, Bush 43 adviser Brad Blakeman said he believes Clinton is eying a “brokered” Democratic presidential convention.
“I do believe she’s crazy enough to do it,” Blakeman said. “The question is, how does she do it?”
Noting that the country and the Democratic Party are “done with the Clintons,” the former adviser added that the Clintons “don’t seem to be done with their party.”
But the only path forward for Clinton at this point is a “brokered convention,” he added.
In our system, a ‘brokered convention’ — or an “open convention” — occurs when delegates don’t choose a nominee during the first round of voting at the party’s nominating convention. Once the first ballot has occurred and no candidate has a majority of the delegates’ votes, the convention is then considered brokered; afterward, the nomination will be decided through a process of alternating political bargaining—(super) delegate vote trading—and additional re-votes.
Regan as additional evidence, Regan referenced the Iowa caucus “debacle” which involved a voting app that either glitched or was manipulated — no one can really say for sure at this point — belonging to a company founded by former Obama and Clinton campaign officials.
“There are people right now trying to figure out if [the debacle] was in any way deliberate, either to help Joe Biden or maybe Hillary Clinton,” Regan offered.
Blakeman disagreed, saying, “I don’t think they’re that smart.”
“A lot of this comes down to greed,” he added. “A lot of these Democratic operatives, around campaign time, understand that there’s millions and millions of dollars to be made, and it has to be made quickly.”
He added that many operatives essentially form companies and political firms in order to “feed off” candidates in their own party as they vie for fat government contracts should one of them win the presidency.
“It’s an incestuous world,” Blakeman continued.
As for Clinton, Blakeman said he believes the Clintons view caucus and primary chaos as an opportunity to angle for a brokered convention over the summer.
“She wants to be a player. She’s not content on the sidelines,” he said.
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