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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 12:20 PM

Inside Obama’s Midterm Campaign Plans

In his first year back in private life, the former president has struggled with how to challenge his successor, but as the midterms approach he's preparing to take on a bigger political role.

Politico
By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
Updated 01/18/2018 08:12 AM EST

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Since leaving office, Barack Obama has struggled with how to do what no modern president has: take on his successor.

Over the past year, he’s appeared at rallies, done a robocall, made a few endorsements. His office in Washington’s West End neighborhood, about a mile from the White House, has become a destination for Democrats looking to tap the former president for advice.

But with the midterms approaching, people close to him say he’ll shift into higher gear: campaigning, focusing his endorsements on down-ballot candidates, and headlining fundraisers. He’ll activate his 15,000-member campaign alumni association for causes and candidates he supports — including the 40 who are running for office themselves. He’s already strategizing behind the scenes with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez and Eric Holder, who’s chairing his redistricting effort.

Throughout, Obama is determined not to become the foil that he can see President Donald Trump clearly wants, and resist being the face of the Resistance for his own party.

Obama is aware of his continuing resonance among his fans — proudly pointing out to friends that his tweet of a photo greeting children alongside a Nelson Mandela quote sent after the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville became the most liked in history. Even his relatively anodyne Martin Luther King Jr. Day tweet got more than 1 million likes.

He’s also aware, in a way that he and aides think some supporters don’t fully grasp, of his continuing resonance among people who hate him and would be riled up to vote against whatever he supports.

There is no model. Never before has a former president been as diametrically opposed to his successor as right now, and never before has a former president left office with his party immediately so eager to see him out on the trail.

So he’s looking for ways to get involved that are rooted in what he believes only he can do.

Obama isn’t expecting to make campaign appearances until the fall, people who’ve been working on the plans say, and when he does, he will take cues from the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in looking for endorsements and appearances that play up redistricting. He already has pending requests from the DNC, the NDRC, Organizing for Action, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but he hasn’t yet committed to dates.

The most likely stops will be where races for governor, or perhaps Senate, overlap with competitive races for the House and state legislature. Obama won’t endorse in primaries, but once he does weigh in, will be open to a range of ways to help, from rallies like the one he did for Ralph Northam in the Virginia governor’s race to the robocall he recorded for Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 12:37 PM

This is good news given his track record of helping others win elections.

And Trump should have a lot of fun with him staying in the forefront.
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Posted 18 January 2018 - 05:32 PM

What a crock of hero worship crap!
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Posted 18 January 2018 - 06:33 PM

Meh, he's a democrat. Of course it's against his nature to act honorably.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 09:48 PM

Typhoid Barry

This should be good. He'd better be brushing up on his ebonics and grabbing his own crotch as he guffaws at his own attempts at humor.
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Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:45 AM

I wonder when people will start parading in the streets with his picture?
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2017/03/22/00/wire-258481-1490141090-711_634x422.jpg
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Posted 19 January 2018 - 07:19 PM

View Posterp, on 18 January 2018 - 12:37 PM, said:

This is good news given his track record of helping others win elections.

And Trump should have a lot of fun with him staying in the forefront.

:yeahthat:
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