By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) A report from POLITICO earlier this week revealed a ‘behind-the-scenes’ effort by billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg to steal the nomination from Sen. Bernie Sanders at a “brokered convention” later this year — a move that would cause certain meltdown and result in electoral chaos for the Donkey Party.
POLITICO noted that the plan, “largely executed by Bloomberg’s senior state-level advisers in recent weeks, attempts to prime Bloomberg for a second-ballot contest at the Democratic National Convention in July by poaching supporters of Joe Biden and other moderate Democrats.”
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This comes after the Democrats’ least-desired candidate, Sanders, has steamrolled the competition and is shooting to the top of polls in key states like California ahead of the Super Tuesday primaries.
“There’s a whole operation going on, which is genius,” one of the strategists, who is unaffiliated with any campaign, told POLITICO. “And it’s going to help them win on the second ballot … They’re telling them that’s their strategy.”
Despite Sanders’ rise — Joe Biden reportedly is ahead of him in the polls in South Carolina — it certainly isn’t clear he’ll receive a majority of delegates ahead of the convention. And if he doesn’t, count on chaos.
The New York Times reported this week:
Dozens of interviews with Democratic establishment leaders this week show that they are not just worried about Mr. Sanders’s candidacy, but are also willing to risk intraparty damage to stop his nomination at the national convention in July if they get the chance. Since Mr. Sanders’s victory in Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday, The Times has interviewed 93 party officials — all of them superdelegates, who could have a say on the nominee at the convention — and found overwhelming opposition to handing the Vermont senator the nomination if he arrived with the most delegates but fell short of a majority.
If the convention is brokered, it will be the first time the Democrats have had to deal with one since 1952.
“We’re way, way, way past the day where party leaders can determine an outcome here, but I think there’s a vibrant conversation about whether there is anything that can be done,” Jim Himes, a Connecticut congressman and superdelegate, who believe the nominee should have a majority of delegates, told the Times.
Recall how often we have heard Democrats complain since 2000 — and again since 2016 — that presidential contenders should be elected by majorities, not electoral majorities. So there is no way the eventual Democratic nominee will be someone who did not receive an electoral majority on the first ballot.
Obviously. Or maybe not. The Guardian observes:
It may seem ludicrous to deny Sanders the nomination if he wins the most delegates and sweeps the primaries. What’s the point in having primaries if party insiders at the convention just override the result and choose a nominee they prefer? But Democrats who fear Sanders’ takeover of the party, or who fear that a “radical” cannot beat Donald Trump, will argue that democracy needs to take a backseat to the urgency of choosing a “unity” candidate.
But as Bloomberg’s alleged effort indicates, there is a political power play underway similar to what occurred with Hillary Clinton the last time around: Democratic Party insiders are moving to blunt the nomination of a candidate who isn’t a Democrat and never has been one — and who represents political ideologies, socialism and Communism, that are not favored by a majority of Americans.
It’s a presumptuous play for a candidate who hasn’t yet won a delegate or even appeared on a ballot. And it could also bring havoc to the convention, raising the prospect of party insiders delivering the nomination to a billionaire over a progressive populist.
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The Democratic Party may indeed be setting itself up for destruction, thanks to the ‘nuclear’ candidacy of a radical. We say good riddance to bad rubbish.
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