Team Obama moving the pieces into place to set up the battle Democrats want: An Obama versus Trump.
I don’t know if I was the first to predict it, but I’m claiming the title of The First anyway.
In our January 1, 2018 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.
When Michelle appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’s 60th Birthday show in late January, I tweeted She’s Running, and wrote Michelle Obama 2020. Yes She Can. But will she run?
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.
I noted this Drudge headline at the time:
When on February 1, 2018, Michelle told frightened Americans: ‘All we have is hope’– my response was She’s Running:
So imagine my *surprise* when I saw that Michelle will be rolling out her Memoir just after the 2018 midterms:
Michelle Obama’s memoir, one of the most highly anticipated books in recent years, is coming out Nov. 13.
The former first lady tweeted Sunday that the book, to come out a week after the 2018 midterm elections, is called “Becoming.”
“Writing ‘Becoming’ has been a deeply personal experience,” she said in a statement. “It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life. In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can’t wait to share my story.”
The timing fits perfectly with my prediction. It’s too soon to signal presidential intentions, but not too early to plan ahead.
Let the commoners like Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and assorted other Democrat hopefuls jockey for position. They do not have the star power of Michelle. It’s why there was a rush to embrace Oprah when after her Golden Globes speech — Democrats are desperate for someone who can spark the Obama magic once again, who can serve to unify and motivate various factions of the party the way Mr. Obama did.
Who better than a real Obama? Someone whose narrative will be another first.
Indeed the book publisher is reminding potential readers that Michelle already has accomplished one First (emphasis added):
“As first lady of the United States of America — the first African-American to serve in that role — she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world,” Crown [Publishing] said in a statement.
“In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her_from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.”
Don’t doubt that if Michelle chooses to run, she will win the Democrat nomination. Her candidacy will suffocate all others. They dare not deprive the Democrat Party of an Obama third term.
Drudge also sees the book rollout as part of a 2020 Vision:
On Instagram the book promotion by Michelle is taking off, generating many thousands of likes and comments within a couple of hours:
The same reaction and excitement accompanied Michelle’s Twitter announcement:
Ain’t no stopping her now.
All she has to do is just Say Yes to the Nomination.
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