News aggregation site Drudge Report revealed Saturday that Democrat presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is considering Hillary Clinton as a possible running mate, according to the Washington Examiner.
Drudge Report further claimed that Bloomberg is considering moving his official residence from New York to another state in which he owns property, because traditionally, the presidential and vice presidential candidates tend to hail from different states so as to take advantage of the name recognition and popularity that can be culled from different locales.
It’s unclear whether there would be much of a home state advantage in New York for Clinton, however, who only moved there after her husband left the White House, and also because Bloomberg has been based in New York for decades and served as mayor of New York City between 2002 and 2013.
Savvy move or political disaster?
Apparently, Bloomberg thinks that hitching his star to Clinton would help him get elected, even though she lost the 2016 in dramatic fashion and was not well liked even by many within her own party.
In addition, Clinton was long plagued by an investigation into claims that she engaged in criminal activity by using a private email server for government business while serving as secretary of State. Were Clinton to become candidate for high office again, those suspicions and the attendant controversy would likely be brought back into the spotlight.
Another probe in which the former secretary of State has been embroiled in the past revolved around allegations of corruption involving the Clinton Foundation and claims that its donors were, in essence, buying influence not only with the State Department, but also with the White House under a prospective Hillary Clinton administration.
Further damaging material may yet emerge as a result of the ongoing investigation into the origins of the Russia collusion probe and, by extension, the 2016 Clinton campaign’s involvement with the commissioning of the Steele dossier, a compilation of unverified and largely unproven information about then-candidate Trump that was used as a basis to spy on his campaign aide, Carter Page.
Clinton clearly has enough dirty laundry to be a serious detriment to Bloomberg’s campaign, but he may well believe that she offers advantages sufficient to override those concerns. Perhaps he expect to cash in on her universal name recognition and lingering liberal outrage over the election that was “stolen” from her in 2016.
Buying the nomination
Although Bloomberg was one of the last candidates to enter the race for the Democratic Party nomination, he has already spent $300 million of his own money on advertising — a figure that is expected to rise exponentially — and is now rising through the ranks of lower-tier candidates to challenge the frontrunners in some states.
Some Democrats, including fellow presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have complained that Bloomberg is blatantly trying to buy the nomination, and it is true that his ownership of a full-fledged media empire would offer him a ready-made platform if he does ultimately receive the party’s nod.
The ironies just don’t stop on the part of the Democrats, who have proclaimed their disdain for billionaire politicians ever since Trump launched his campaign for the White House.
Apparently it’s a different story when the billionaire in question is a member of their own party.