MOUNT VERNON, NY — February 21, 2020 — Okay, we can all agree: Bloomberg choked at the Wednesday night debate. Worse, he got his a$$ handed to him. But maybe he has always known that the debate stage would not be his finest moment. Yes, he was not yet in the race for debates 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. And it was convenient that he was not invited to participate in debates 6, 7 & 8. But the strategy had to be in play for skipping that aspect of the campaign, in addition to the roads leading to Iowa and New Hampshire. Do the math: 1,357 of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination are up for grabs in the Democratic primaries, on SUPER TUESDAY- March 3, 2020.
So what has he missed so far? Iowa and New Hampshire make up 65 delegates. Of that total: Pete has 23; Bernie has 21; Elizabeth has 8; Amy has 7; Joe has 6. No one is actually running away with the nomination. Nevada will add another 48. Big deal!
If the goal is to best your competitors before you can get to Donald Trump; and you know you suck at debates, but you’re good at blanketing the airwaves and great at CA$hing delegates; then play to your strengths.
When you have the three BBBs – Billions, Biography and Bravado, I am not sure what a few rehearsed lines on a debate stage got to do with it.