It would be hard to find anyone who would say that the Nevada Democrat debate did Mike Bloomberg any good.
In fact, The Hill is reporting that former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has released a memo calling for Bloomberg to quit the race.
Get out, Mini Mike
There are a lot of implications of Mike Bloomberg staying in the presidential race, all of them bad for Buttigieg. The two candidates that stand to suffer the most from a long, drawn-out Bloomberg campaign would be Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden.
While both hold far from moderate platforms, an argument could be made by centrist Democrats that Biden, Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have the least radical platforms in terms of supporting a socialist agenda.
Bloomberg is easily the least-leftist candidate, but his closet is overflowing with skeletons. Most political experts believe Bloomberg would not only fail to draw in the undecided voter but also that he would fail to win any of Sanders’ supporters.
Buttigieg, however, would probably have a much better chance to gain that support if he were to win the nomination, so he wants Bloomberg out now.
On Thursday, Buttigieg’s campaign wrote, “If Bloomberg remains in the race despite showing he can not offer a viable alternative to Bernie Sanders, he will propel Sanders to a seemingly insurmountable delegate lead siphoning votes away from Pete, the current leader in delegates.”
Setting it up for Biden
The way this race is setting itself up, it seems as though Joe Biden could end up getting a backdoor nomination. If Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Biden, and Bloomberg all stay in, it is unlikely any one candidate will win enough delegates to win the nomination outright.
Sanders will win his fair share and Biden will surely do better once we get to South Carolina and the Super Tuesday states. Honestly, it is hard to imagine Warren, Klobuchar, and the rest of the also-rans to make it any further than Super Tuesday.
However, if they stay in the race that long, all of these candidates are going to be sucking up delegates that would probably have gone to Sanders’ main competition, whoever that may be at this point.
As more candidates drop out, more delegates will be going to Joe Biden, assuming he makes it that long. If Biden is in the range of the Superdelegates, it is very reasonable to assume he will win the lion’s share of them if the Democrat convention goes to a second vote and they are activated.
If that does happen, dig in, because Sanders’ people have already threatened to burn down Milwaukee if Bernie gets cheated again and from this seat, it sure looks like that is about to happen to him, be it Biden or one of the other candidates.