DNC’s Bloomberg ‘Pass’ Cheapens Election [OPINION]
Mark the date, because this may be the last time I say this: give Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and the other candidates running in the Democratic Primary some credit.
Unlike the uber-rich Mike Bloomberg, these candidates have had to face the tough questions by the media, by voters and from each other over the course of the last 15 months. The former New York City mayor and multi-billionaire has found a brilliant maneuver to side-step the perils of a year-long campaign: just be super-rich.
The Democratic National Committee decided to change a rule for Bloomberg as well. He does not have to meet the requirement they set, which the others had to meet, in order to get to where they are on the national debate stages. The rest of them needed to prove they had 250,000 individual and documentable donors to their national campaigns to run as a Democrat for president.
Nope. Not Mike. The Democrats have been verbally and legislatively attacking the rich for years but here we see them roll out the red carpet for one of them whose net worth is said to exceed $55 billion.
It's tough to take them seriously when you often hear these silly liberals lecture us about implementing the popular vote over the electoral college because the will of the total count matters more, but they still use super delegates in the primary. A super delegate's vote is equal to 10,000 of the normal voter.
Now we see the Democratic Party has "super candidates" like Michael Bloomberg.
I would have to imagine the likes of Senator Warren or Joe Biden would love to have just skipped over the brutal year of traveling long hours, city to town, town to city, state to state (mostly on a bus), debating, facing "gotcha" questions and other trappings that have left behind a graveyard of presidential candidacies over the years.
I bet Governor Mike Dukakis would love to have been sheltered from the day he decided to wear that tank crew helmet. One photo of the silly image ruined his lead over George H.W. Bush.
Try to convince me Vermont Governor Howard Dean wouldn't have loved to skip enough time to miss the moment he "yiaahed" his way out of contention with one syllable on a microphone's misleading audio?
None of that though for Mayor Mike. Had he gotten in earlier, perhaps the audio of him telling the law enforcement officials to "throw them on the wall and frisk them" might have disposed of him earlier last year or at least by now. What else is out there in opposition research that he avoided by usurping the things the others were exposed to for the last 400 days?
I see Bloomberg as a coward. Even the most renowned face of capitalism on earth, Donald J. Trump, knew enough to get into the ring and mix it up from the beginning.
Bloomberg has watched an exhausting and nasty free-for-all in the Democratic primaries and the DNC is boosting the little guy into the ring late in the 10th round of the prizefight.
Not fair. Bad form. Boo, hiss.
I am almost embarrassed for the Democrats. It is clear that they have decided that the field is not a winner, so they are rigging the process again. Perhaps it's for the good of their party in their mind, but at the cost to the candidates who remain – Pete Buttigieg, Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Warren, Biden, the rest of the field and perhaps more importantly, their collective millions of supporters who are watching.
Don't forget, the courts decided that the DNC could rig the primary elections since Article 5, Chapter 4 of the Democratic National Convention was merely a "political promise," not a legally binding one. I know they are always saying the Republicans are guilty of election rigging (without ever showing how) but again they seem to be projecting.
If they would lie, cheat and do this to their own Democratic voter, why would anyone doubt what they'd be willing to do in a general election?
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@