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Bloomberg Promoter Has Schemes for Hijacking the Presidency

Feb. 12, 2008 (EIRNS)—The pollster-operative for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's election campaigns has described scenarios in which the U.S. government could be put under fascist control, without the leaders of such a coup winning the 2008 Presidential elections.

In his just-released book, Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System, Douglas Schoen proposes that a third-party candidate could use electoral votes short of a majority to "make a deal where cabinet positions would be shared and policy positions melded" with one of the two parties. The Republicans could choose either to "support the independent for president and effectively share power, or be out of power totally. Specifically, they could be part of an independent-Republican administration and have significant cabinet positions, or they could be consigned to the minority and potentially be in opposition for an indefinite period of time."

An independent candidate could just win a few states, but still "prevent either of the two major parties from receiving the needed 270 [electoral] votes.... Again, the independent could bargain with one of the parties to create a coalition... As in the first scenario, there would be a sharing of cabinet positions and a melding of political philosophies. Either scenario could result in America's first-ever coalition, power-sharing government..."

The potential for schemes is unlimited, if the schemers are ruthless enough.

"In a deadlocked election, if no side was willing to offer concessions, the Electoral College could meet and choose a candidate that was not one of the original three candidates."

"If no coalition government was worked out in the Electoral College and the election was thrown into the House of Representatives, similar bargaining could take place there.... [The] independent candidate ... could call on the delegations from states where he or she has done very well to vote for him or her... If the state delegations did not comply, the threat, however vague, would be that the independent would actively oppose any congressional delegation in the next election....

"[If] the election is deadlocked in the House, a coalition between two of the three candidates might emerge... [The] election might be thrown to the Senate, where the vice-president is selected, and he or she would become the president if no president is selected in the house. This individual could be .... an independent."

Author Schoen specifies that the third-party candidate must espouse "fiscal conservatism," with "the will to consider cutting entitlement programs, as well as to raise taxes."

Who is this candidate? Schoen writes, "The most obvious name for the head of a third-party ticket would be that of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg," who "has deep pockets." He quotes Bloomberg at length, as the spear-carrier for the attack on the two parties, and on the need to deal with the "big problems," such as cutting Social Security."

Other names are proposed for a Presidential ticket, to carry out the slashing of living standards, such as Bill Gates. Or, "Think about what would happen if Alan Greenspan said he was available for one term." With the right running mate, "such a ticket could be instantly credible."