Following the Democratic Party’s debacle in the Iowa caucuses on Monday — the results of which still have yet to be finalized — a sense of growing panic among the liberal establishment about the lack of a clear frontrunner candidate, not to mention a desperation to block socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders from winning the nomination, has grown increasingly obvious.
During an MSNBC panel discussion on Tuesday, network host Chris Matthews broached the possibility of a brokered Democratic convention and actually suggested that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and lead House manager in the failed impeachment trial, receive the party’s nomination to square off against President Donald Trump in November, the Washington Examiner reported.
Bear in mind, the suggestion from Matthews came one day prior to Schiff’s sham impeachment effort going down in flames in the Senate with historic votes of acquittal on both articles against the president, proving that Schiff failed miserably at his task of convincing two-thirds of the Senate to convict and remove President Trump from office.
Brokered convention possible
While discussing the still-unclear results of the Iowa caucuses and the possibility that the field of candidates could still be jumbled following future primary contests, Matthews wondered if, in the absence of a viable frontrunner with majority support, Schiff could be decided upon as a consensus nominee to be the party’s standard-bearer at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this summer.
After it was mentioned by panelist Dan Rather that former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg could emerge as an “alternative” to Sanders, Matthews said: “Bernie is a tough fighter. He doesn’t look like a guy who is going to quit and give his marbles to somebody else.”
Former Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) replied: “There’s no incentive to quit right now. As I’ve said before, I think we may be going to Milwaukee without a clearly established nominee.”
“How about Adam Schiff?”
“What happens if 48% — if somebody has 45% or 42%, it’s not close and nobody else has that much. Does everybody else buckle to that, can you go to somebody who isn’t running? Or does it have to be one of the top people?” Matthews asked.
Israel said: “You can go with anyone. You can go Chris Matthews if they want to.”
“How about Adam Schiff?” Matthews asked. “Could they all agree, ‘Let’s give it to Schiff?'”
Israel conceded: “They could agree on Schiff, Chris Matthews, Dan Rather, whoever they want. Somebody who they believe could beat Trump.”
Another panelist suggested with a laugh that doing so would “really get the right riled up” as Matthews jokingly teased about the prospect of Hillary Clinton being asked to be the nominee again, adding, “They’ll all accept the nomination against Trump.” Watch below:
Unless the Democratic establishment can figure out a way to blunt the momentum of Sanders, there may not be a need for a brokered convention to pick a nominee out of thin air. If that does occur, however, and Schiff, of all people, somehow ends up getting picked as the nominee, Matthews and his cohorts had better buckle up for another four years of President Trump.