In our January 1 Predictions post, I made the following 2018 predictions (emphasis added):

1. Republicans will pick up 4 net seats in the Senate, and hold the House with a reduced majority of 10-15.
2. Robert Mueller will bring criminal charges for obstruction (lying to federal investigators) or crimes pre-dating or unrelated to the Trump campaign against more people, but will not assert any criminal conduct with regard to “Russia collusion” or by President Trump.
3. Get ready. This is the BIG ONE. If as predicted Republicans hold the Senate and House, there will be a clamoring for a Democrat candidate who can unify and motivate the Democrat base and establishment sufficiently to defeat Donald Trump in 2020: Michelle Obama.

All is preceding as predicted.

The Democrat field for 2020 is hapless and hopeless, and moving hard to the left. The great hope was Oprah, and she’s out. There is no hope left. No inspiration. No unifying figure. And the generic ballot is closing, so Democrats retaking the House is at best a toss up, and chances in the Senate are a long shot (though not impossible).

So then this happens. Michelle Obama is appearing on the Ellen Show. The second I saw that, I tweeted: “She’s running.”

https://twitter.com/LegInsurrection/status/957988666818908160

Then I saw that Drudge has the same idea:

The Hill reports on the appearance:

Michelle Obama is marking Ellen DeGeneres’s birthday with her first TV interview since leaving the White House.

The former first lady will appear on Thursday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show” to celebrate the host’s 60th birthday, the show announced on Monday. The audience for the first of two birthday-themed shows will be “filled with people who are paying it forward” and have participated in DeGeneres’s #OneMillionActsofGood campaign, according to the daytime talk program.

Obama, 54, has kept a decidedly lower profile since exiting the executive mansion last January, but was a frequent guest on DeGeneres’s show as first lady.

The appearance is not an announcement, and rumors likely will be denied.

But is it coincidence that Mr. Obama is getting active in the 2018 midterms on behalf of Democrats? That he’s reasserting himself as a political figurehead?

Michelle Obama — the 3rd Obama term.

Wait for it.

[Featured Image via Drudge Report]