There’s a lot to unpack and examine beyond the delegate math when it comes to the Super Tuesday election results, and Salena Zito of the Washington Examiner joins me on today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co. for Second Amendent-centric to talk about where things stand now, and where we’re likely headed.
Michael Bloomberg’s now out, but his campaign operation is still in place and will be used to push Joe Biden and other Democrats in the general election. Biden himself is riding high, but as Zito tells me on today’s Bearing Arms Cam & Co, Democrats could have a serious case of buyers remorse by the time the party’s convention takes place in June.
I think gun owners should absolutely take some pleasure in the spectacular flameout of Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, but that’s not enough. Bloomberg is still planning on spending hundreds of millions of dollars this year backing candidates who will work to advance his anti-gun agenda, and we need to make sure that being bought by Bloomberg is an issue in their campaigns.
The problem with Bloomberg’s campaign wasn’t in his strategy, but in its candidate. Bloomberg is simply an unlikeable guy, and his campaign relied on surrogates, carefully crafted advertising, and a wacky social media presence to try to humanize him and hide his many flaws for as long as possible. The strategy actually worked well, right up until he appeared on a debate stage in Las Vegas. In retrospect, Bloomberg may have simply peaked too early. His highest polling happened just before the Nevada caucus, and by the time South Carolina’s primary rolled around he was already dipping in the polls. Biden’s success in South Carolina solidified him as the establishment candidate of choice, and after Tuesday, Bloomberg was forced to recognize that even if the primary went to a contested convention, he was going to face an uphill fight in convincing delegates to back him as the standard bearer of the party in November.
One more note on Bloomberg’s plans. Over at Hot Air, Allahpundit predicts that Bloomberg will keep his powder dry and won’t immediately launch an ad blitz in support of Biden. I think that’s true, but that doesn’t mean that Bloomberg won’t start funding anti-Trump ads. It was difficult to get away from ads promoting Bloomberg’s presidential campaign. It may soon be almost as hard to get away from Bloomberg’s ads attacking Trump.
Now Biden is clearly the front runner, and has declared that Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke will be his go-to guy for gun control. Biden hasn’t specifically come out and said he’s now endorsing O’Rourke’s ban and “buyback” of so-called assault weapons, but you have to assume there’s a reason Biden went with O’Rourke over someone like Pete Buttigieg, who wants to ban all new sales of semi-automatic long guns but has, at least to now, been critical of the idea of confiscation.
The “moderate” in the race is anything but moderate when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms, in other words. Gun owners should be taking Biden’s campaign seriously, because gun control advocates are rightly viewing this year’s election as the biggest opportunity they’ve ever had to attack our Second Amendment rights.