Op-ed: Choosing Clinton as VP would ‘tank’ Bloomberg’s presidential hopes

Michael Bloomberg has yet to deny a Saturday story from news aggregation website Drudge Report suggesting that he is considering Hillary Clinton as a running mate if he wins the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination, and a growing chorus of political commentators thinks that’s a big mistake for his campaign. 

Madeline Fry at the Washington Examiner was quick to weigh in on what she thinks an alliance with Hillary Clinton would do to Bloomberg’s chances of becoming president.

“If Bloomberg doesn’t want Clinton destroying his campaign as quickly as her emails, then he better shut this rumor down,’ Fry wrote Sunday. “A Bloomberg-Clinton ticket would be the surest way to tank his presidential campaign.”

Fry was not the only one cautioning Bloomberg against aligning himself so closely to Clinton if he truly wants to ascend to the Oval Office.

Skepticism abounds

Dick Morris, who was former President Bill Clinton’s chief adviser but later became an ardent critic of both Bill and Hillary, tweeted jokingly that Bloomberg should “hire a taster” before making Clinton his VP pick.

Morris’ jab was a not-so-veiled reference to the so-called “Clinton body count,” a social media-driven hypothesis frequently offered by critics of Bill and Hillary as an explanation for the seemingly large number of Clinton associates who have died under suspicious circumstances over the years, including Vince Foster and Jeffrey Epstein. The insinuation from Morris, of course, is that Mrs. Clinton would be powerfully motivated to somehow get rid of Bloomberg in order to assume the top seat of power herself.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) opined that he viewed the speculation about a Bloomberg–Clinton ticket as an admission by the former that he might not be able to win without “cheating,” an apparent allusion to widespread sentiment, particularly among the left, that Clinton engaged in unscrupulous tactics –with the help of the Democratic National Committee — to prevent Bernie Sanders from securing the presidential nomination in 2016.

Clinton a “risky” choice

The question of whether Clinton would even be willing to accept the VP spot on a Bloomberg ticket has not been settled, either.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres asked Clinton during an interview earlier this month if she would be interested in such a role, and she said she “probably” would not.

But, the former secretary of State and senator from New York did leave the door to such a scenario slightly ajar, saying, “I never say never because I believe in serving my country, but it’s never going to happen.”

National Review‘s John Fund doesn’t think Bloomberg would make such a “crazy and risky” move as selecting Clinton, however, since it would not sit well with Sanders’ progressive supporters, 12% of whom were so bitter about Clinton’s allegedly unfair path to the nomination in 2016 that they voted for Donald Trump.

Bloomberg very much needs that liberal wing of the party to back him if he is going to have any chance at defeating Trump in the general election, so choosing Clinton as a running mate would very likely lead to his eventual downfall even if it succeeds in winning him the nomination in the short term.

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