Mike Bloomberg is counting on a contested convention as his path to winning the Democratic nomination.
The former Mayor of New York City outright admitted that such an event is the “only way I can win” in an interview with NBC on Monday.
The ultrabillionaire declined to predict if he’d win any states at all during the interview. His admission of a brokered strategy convention could be proof enough that he realizes Joe Biden has consolidated the lane of moderate Democratic voters he hoped to marshal when announcing his late-stage bid for President.
Bloomberg’s strategy is reminiscent of that of John Kasich’s 2016 campaign for the Republican nomination, which counted on being handed the nomination at the convention after only winning one state during the primary process.
Talk of contested and brokered conventions surfaces almost every election cycle, but a true contested major party convention hasn’t actually occurred since 1952. The prospect of a contested convention isn’t impossible this time, as a crowded late field of Democratic candidates could mean no candidate obtains the 50% of delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination on the first ballot.
The strongest indication that a brokered convention campaign strategy might actually be viable is the stated preferences of the Democratic Party’s ‘superdelegates,’ party elites who have voting powers divorced from the democratic primary and caucus process. Queries of the establishment-friendly superdelegates have already revealed the party elites are chomping at the bit at the prospect of blocking a potential Bernie Sanders nomination, even if the democratic socialist leads with a plurality of delegates.
Bloomberg would have to convince the superdelegates to support him instead of Biden. In any case, it’s rather sad that a nominally ‘major’ party candidate such as Bloomberg is openly pinning his campaign strategy on byzantine convention tactics instead of appealing to the voting public.
“Moderate” Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Wants Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Removed From the Senate
So much for moderation and unity…
Conventional wisdom can often be misleading and at times dangerous if we believe in it too strongly.
Take for example West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He is constantly marketed as the Democrats’ most moderate Senator. There is a grain of truth to this. Manchin has publicly stated that he opposes ending the filibuster and has also poured cold water on $2,000 stimulus checks. But that’s where the moderation ends.
Manchin is now saying that the Senate should entertain the idea of expelling Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) by using the 14th Amendment over their recent decision to challenge the Electoral College results.
On PBS’s Firing Line, Manchin said the Senate should look into the option after right-wing activists stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Manchin is of the opinion that President Donald Trump and Senators like Hawley and Cruz “incited” these demonstrators.
“That should be a consideration,” Manchin stated. “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”
According to the 14th Amendment, no elected official “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Hyped up leftist pundits believe that the 14th amendment is applicable to Cruz and Hawley due to how they allegedly “incited” the riot by talking about electoral fraud and pointing out electoral irregularities.
“I’m totally convinced it was done because of political reasons. This was all politically motivated. This was calculated,” declared Manchin. “I believe that all my colleagues truly made a decision that was politically best for them and expedient for them. It was not what they believed to be true or false.”
Unquestionably, Manchin is an establishment hack through and through. He may have reasonable views on gun policy, in part due to West Virginia’s strong gun culture, but Manchin is still a member of the D.C. swamp. His recent statements demonstrate this. Republican nationalists should relieve him of the burden of holding public office in 2024.
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