For the most part, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg has made some significant process in buying his way to the White House. He isn’t doing too bad in the polls, and he certainly as the funds to keep him going for a while. However, if Senator Bernie Sanders continues to win state after state in the Democratic caucuses, his billions may not matter much.
And so it seems he is trying out another tactic to win, even if it’s all a hoax.
It was reported by Drudge this past weekend that the billionaire might seriously be considering to name none other than Hillary Clinton as his vice president.
“Sources close to Bloomberg campaign tell DRUDGE REPORT that candidate is considering Hillary Clinton as running mate after their polling found the Bloomberg-Clinton combination would be formidable force…”
The outlet reported that those sources also mentioned that Bloomberg is serious enough that he is considering moving his state of residency to either Florida or Colorado, where he owns properties, to avoid being “from” the same state as his VPOTUS.
However, there is much speculation that the news is nothing more than something more to get people talking about the candidate and make sure he is considered in upcoming caucuses. After all, it’s not like Hillary is the most popular Democrat, even if she is a brand name and much more well-known than Bloomberg. And already there are those, such as actor James Woods, who has stated that such an alliance would be a “Death Wish” for the White House hopeful.
But let’s imagine for just a moment that it isn’t a scam.
Why would Bloomberg even consider to pair himself with such a has-been?
The first reason may be precisely what I mentioned before: she is a household name and, well, he just isn’t. Clinton is likely the most recognized Democrat in the world, behind Obama. And in a presidential election, especially one with so many contestants, being known is sometimes all that really matters. Clinton can undoubtedly bring the “known” aspect to Bloomberg’s campaign.
And while she may not be at the top of anyone’s favorite list, she does still have quite a bit of sway in the Democratic Party. No matter who he chooses as his second in command, Bloomberg’s best option would be a populist and we all know Hillary certainly fits that bill.
In addition, the recent leaks about Bloomberg’s sexist and racist nature need to be addressed. The Washington Post just published an article that doesn’t describe the man in the best light, and certainly not one we would want in the Oval Office.
“In the most high-profile example, a top saleswoman, Sekiko Sakai Garrison, alleged that Bloomberg told female salespeople about a male colleague getting married: ‘All of you girls line up to give him (oral sex) as a wedding present.’ And, the lawsuit said, when Bloomberg saw certain women, he said, ‘I’d f– that in a second.’”
According to the article, the presidential hopeful was also very critical of women getting pregnant, insinuating that it would ruin them. He even told Garrison herself when she became pregnant in 1995 to “kill” her baby, as it would be a mistake to have it.
In the past, bribery and his billions have gotten him out of any dangerously hot water. But this is bigger than in most cases. What better way to refute these allegations than announce a female, a mother, and one who was almost named president, as your running mate?
And of course, there his age to consider. Like several other 2020 candidates, Mike Bloomberg finds himself in his upper seventies. By the time inauguration gets here, he will be nearly 79, and the oldest ever to be elected into office. As such, it would be wise of him to choose a VP who is quite a bit younger, and as Biden said, “ready to immediately take over as President.”
Plus, who better could unite the Democratic Party under the anti-Trump message Bloomberg has used as the foundation for his campaign? If Hillary stands for anything anymore, it is the constant blubbering will to rid this country of Trump and all that he has done for it.
Then again, the very idea of having Hillary at his side will likely persuade any on-the-fence leftist to run to camp Bernie or even Warren for that matter, instead of Bloomberg. Even as a ruse, Hillary will fail.