Two weeks ago in this space I proffered the notion that Hillary Clinton’s inevitability as the Democrats’ nominee is a tenuous one, and since then little has come to speed up the Hillary Express.
There was last week’s straw poll of Wisconsin Democrats in which Hillary reeled in just 49 percent of the vote while the socialist senator Bernie Sanders, he of “fantasy rape” pseudo-literary fame (not to mention his status as a despoiler of folk music), came in closely behind at 41 percent.
And amid the growing miasma surrounding the Clinton Foundation’s corruption and its relationship to Hillary’s various pay-for-play arrangements came a report Wednesday of fresh allegations that she had paid off donors with dubious political favors all the way back to her Senate days.
Not to mention that Mark Steyn, subbing for Rush Limbaugh earlier this week, brought back the 2001 incident at the Westchester County airport at which Hillary’s limo driver crashed a security gate at 35 miles per hour and injured a security guard, an incident one would imagine might find more media attention than Marco Rubio’s traffic tickets but, surprisingly, did not.
There is much more, as our readers are well aware. After all, what successful presidential campaign finds it necessary to be relaunched two months after its introduction? And what relaunch of a Democrat frontrunner’s presidential campaign can’t even attract the Democrat mayor of the city hosting the relaunch?
Clinton is a non-stop cascade of disqualification, and the Democrats know it. We are months, maybe even weeks, away from the straw that finally breaks the back of her misbegotten ambitions. If nothing else, some legacy media news editor hard-pressed for copy sales or ratings will finally pull the trigger on the Jeffrey Epstein/Pedophile Island scandal, and even a healthy campaign could never withstand the spectacle of the candidate’s husband being credibly accused as a serial debaucher of underaged prostitutes.
And when that time finally comes, and the inevitable euthanasia of Hillary Clinton’s political ambitions finally materializes, it won’t be Sanders who benefits. Nor will the other Lilliputian Democrat hopefuls, like Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee or Martin O’Malley.
It’s going to be Mike Bloomberg.
Bloomberg’s potential candidacy, which has been demanded in the pages of USA Today and the New York Post, doesn’t make sense with Hillary in the race. Bloomberg, who is worth a reported $36 billion, could self-finance the most expensive campaign in the history of American politics (even if no amount of money could buy him charisma as a candidate). But he doesn’t appeal to the neo-communists comprising the Democrats’ activist base, who still pine for the insane Elizabeth Warren as their fantasy nominee. Bloomberg doesn’t have a constituency in that party while Hillary is in the race.
But consider this scenario, which I would argue is quite likely — Hillary bumps along until the bottom falls out of her campaign, perhaps just before the opening of primary season. At that time the Democrats find themselves utterly desperate for a candidate, and have none in the field with the slightest chance of winning in the general election; what’s more, neither Chafee nor Sanders nor Webb nor O’Malley nor Joe Biden have enough in their war chests to mount much of an effort at the Iowa caucuses, much less a campaign through to the convention.
That would make the party ripe for the pickings, and without Hillary in the race there would be space for someone to present himself as “electable,” while flashing around a hefty bankroll to buy the support of the more mercenary elements of the party’s activist base.
The professional hacks, by November or December if Hillary were to implode at that point, will care about one thing and one thing only — who can finance a campaign capable of beating the GOP nominee. And on such short notice, Bloomberg might well be the only possibility.
Not just because he can self-finance a billion-dollar campaign. Bloomberg has the same Wall Street connections Hillary has — maybe even better ones. And through his various political activities over the past few years he’s managed to buy Democrat politicians across the fruited plain.
It’s that which might ultimately seal the deal. After all, while we laughed at Bloomy’s silly efforts to stop New Yorkers from drinking Big Gulp soft drinks or eating too much salt at restaurants, what he’s truly famous for is his relentless assault on the Second Amendment. His Mayors Against Illegal Guns initiative may have wasted some $50 million in the 2014 cycle with little discernible effect either on the public’s opinion on guns or in producing successful gun-grabbing candidates, but he did manage to bankroll lots of urban Democrat pols along the way.
And gun-grabbing is likely to be big business for Democrats between now and the 2016 elections, because as we can see we’re in for a summer full of lawlessness in our inner cities — and the worse it gets the louder the Left will be in demanding gun control. For all his failure to date, Bloomberg has at least made his bones on the issue with the Left, and in the meantime he can point to his tenure as mayor of New York during which crime was far less than it is now under the Sandinista Bill de Blasio.
Man, money, and moment could well come together once Hillary falls apart. And then we’ll get to see the megalomania of the candidate that only the Left could, even despite itself, truly love.
We’ll leave you with a quote which illustrates how perfect a match Bloomberg and the Democrats are whether they recognize it or not.
“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed,” Bloomberg said when launching his failed 2014 anti-gun effort. “I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”