Michelle Obama may be best Dem hope for 2020, but says she doesn’t want the job
I’m still predicting that if Republicans hold the House and Senate in November 2018, Democrats will beg Michelle to run.
In my New Year’s 2018 predictions, I wrote:
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.
I want you to read that last prediction carefully.
I didn’t say Michelle Obama WOULD run for president. I said there would be a clamoring for her to run. I’m standing by that prediction.
I also do not rule out that she WOULD run, if the circumstances were right and the clamoring grew loud enough. Certainly, she’s laying the foundation, with a book release (and presumably book tour) just after the 2018 midterms, Michelle Obama 2020 coming into focus with Memoirs release just after 2018 midterms:
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….
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….
All she has to do is just Say Yes to the Nomination.
But, what if Michelle doesn’t WANT to be President? Mr. Obama said as much in 2016:
Michelle recently also said she doesn’t WANT to be president:
Former first lady Michelle Obama ruled out running for president when asked about the possibility at a forum devoted to empowering women in Boston on Thursday.
“You have to want the job. And you can’t just say, ‘you’re a woman, run,'” Obama said. “We just can’t find the women we like and ask them to do it because there are millions of women who are inclined and do have the passion for politics.”
The former first lady said she does not have the passion for politics like her husband.
“Just because I gave a good speech, I’m smart and intelligent doesn’t mean I should be the next president,” she said.”That’s been our problem. We’re very shortsighted about how we think about selecting the commander-in-chief.
That’s all well and good, but she’s ACTING like an Obama who is running, justifying her husband and herself as the adults in the room, and deriding Trump voters just like Hillary did, Michelle Obama Says Trump Voters Are Like Kids Who Want to ‘Eat Candy All Day And Stay Up Late’:
Speaking at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston on Thursday, former First Lady Michelle Obama described millions of middle class Americans who voted for Donald Trump as little kids who just want to “eat candy all day and stay up late and not follow the rules.”
She also likened her husband, former president Barack Obama, to the “good parent” who tried to keep the American house in order, and claimed that Hillary Clinton was “way more perfect” than Trump.
“I always sorta felt like the eight years Barack was president, it was sort of like having the ‘good parent’ at home. The responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time,” Michelle said.
“And now perhaps we have the other parent in the house,” she added. “We thought it’d feel fun — maybe it feels fun to some for now because we can eat candy all day and stay up late and not follow the rules.”
Michelle also made a back-handed slap at Hillary, reminiscent of Mr. Obama’s comment that Hillary was “likeable enough”:
“The best qualified candidate in this last race was a woman,” Obama said Thursday at the longest-running women’s leadership conference in the nation. “And she wasn’t perfect, but she was way more perfect than many of the alternatives.”
So where does this all leave us?
I’m standing by my prediction.
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Yes, I agree. She says what she does now. But, down the line just might be a different matter for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is Obama would like nothing better than a third term. There’s still plenty of time for a decision.
The probability of Michelle running for the presidency… Well, let’s say it is one of a very few decision trees that show Trump winning a second term. The *only* thing she has going for her is a complete and total lack of a record in government.
Ms. Obama has neither Hillary’s extensive experience nor her winning charm…
The people who push don’t understand Obama’s appeal among moderate voters. He was (and we’re talking appearances at campaign time) the Moderate, Non Radical Black Politician was going to absolve all nice quasi-liberal voters from their self perceived racial sins.
Michelle is none of those things. The few times she speaks on her own unscripted, she is aggressive and militant, and that’s what the left loves about her. But where Obama had the ability to reassure many white voters, she has only the ability to scare them.
Our very own American Winnie Mandela.
As yes, the Perpetually Indignant Michelle Obama. How refreshing.
Hideously ugly, inside and out.
and not too bright
Utterly unqualified. Vile, anti-American, racist scum. The progs would worship her.
She sho’ do have some nice hair.
“Just because I gave a good speech, I’m smart and intelligent doesn’t mean I should be the next president,” she said.”That’s been our problem. We’re very shortsighted about how we think about selecting the commander-in-chief.”
No truer words said about her husband.
Likewise, she says how “qualified” Hillary is/was, no doubt in comparison to Trump, but her husband for sure, and her qualifications are exactly nil, unless she follows Hillary’s footsteps and rides her husband’s pathetic coattails into office.
I agree with the Prof.
Look up her speech introducing Barracula at his re-election coronation in 2012. She was VERY effective.
She’s dangerous. She’s smarter than Barracula, and much tougher.
She’s dangerous. She’s smarter than Barracula, and much tougher.
She is smarter than President Barack Obama is, and tougher, however that will work against her, rather than for her, because she doesn’t have the emotional temperamental discipline that President Barack Obama had.
Barack Obama, even when he was pushed, or upset, RARELY made unforced errors in communication or went off-script, and the VERY few times he did, I can’t off-hand remember a time he did so again on the same topic.
Michelle Obama, when pushed, has a tendency to go off-script, and the answers that come out of her are militant Chicago politics and nanny state overreach. It won’t play well outside of the major Progressive bastions (NY, Chicago, Philly and Urban California).
I don’t see her as dangerous, either. She’s sort of like Hillary in the sense that her husband is the one with the political acumen and degree of charm. Like her husband, Michelle Obama is also an elitist snob who disdains America as it was and as it is and loves only the utopian, unicorn in every pot pipedream of her ilk.
She’s too out-of-touch (and stupid) to hide it, though, and as you note, will happily share her true feelings at every opportunity . . . because she truly believes she speaks for the majority. Remember her “for the first time in my adult life, I’m really proud of my country”? That was from the heart, and she was stunned by the backlash. She honestly thinks that most Americans hate America for being a racist, misogynist, tyrannical, colonizing global force for evil. Hillary doesn’t think that (not exactly), but she does think America is full of racists, misogynists, and other assorted “ists” and phobics.
Ultimately, though, the left needs not just someone who can unify them (the socialists and commies who support Bernie and the less-extreme Democrats who supported Obama, along with the various minority votes), but someone who can appeal to indies and even to some Republicans who voted for Obama in ’08 (and the fewer who voted for him in ’12). Michelle Obama is not that person. She’s not likable, not even a little bit, and she’s divisive, rude, harsh, and quite nasty. She’ll appeal to the far left, but that’s not enough to win the WH, as Democrats found out in 2016.
No, they need someone who is unifying, non-threatening, polished, articulate, and savvy. Someone with charm and a huge likability factor that will help anti-Trumpers feel comfortable voting for a Democrat. That person is a million times not Michelle Obama.
Their best bet is an Evan Bayh or, going more SJW, Corey Booker or Deval Patrick. Bayh is a blue dog, and for all intents and purposes out of politics, but he’s the kind of Democrat that would win indies and some Republicans, particularly those who hate Trump. He’s moderate, so the left would hate him, but they’d vote for him over Trump every day of the week.
Because voter enthusiasm matters, they’d do well to choose either Booker or Patrick. Patrick was Obama before Obama was Obama, and he’s at least had some executive experience. Booker is trying to position himself for 2020, and he’s doing so quite carefully. Maybe too carefully for the Bernie bros, but he’s still someone to take seriously as 2020 draws near. He’s articulate, savvy, and adept at appealing to both the fringe socialist Democrats and to more moderate Democrats, even indies.
My guess is that the Democrats won’t be stupid enough to run another sure loser in 2020, and Michelle Obama’s appeal is just as limited as (perhaps even more so than) Hillary’s. They couldn’t power through Hillary, and they won’t be able to power through Michelle Obama who has never held public office and is neither politically savvy nor particularly intelligent (she can’t think on her feet, nor can she hide her disdain for America and for “deplorables.”). On the plus side, she doesn’t have Hillary’s baggage and deep-seated, decades-long hostility from a large segment of American voters, but that’s not much of a plus given her own woefully inadequate qualifications for president. Heck, even Obama knew he had to show up in the Senate for a couple years and vote “present.” Add in her unlikability and general “ick” factor, and she goes nowhere.
Even the commie party isn’t that dumb.
It would almost be worth having Michelle become president, just for the effect it would have on Hillary that an Obama would get to be the first female president.
Okay, not really. Just call it a fun thought experiment.
She says she does not want to run. When was the last time an Obama made a public statement that was not a lie?
Yeah, but you can’t count on that. A perfect liar is just as good as a perfect truth-teller, because you can just reverse whatever they say. To be an effective liar one must tell the truth once in a while.
Sure, there’ll be some noise for her to run.
Hell, there’ll probably be some noise for Ted Kennedy to run.
She’s nauseating. She conjures up worse imagery than hillary klinton’s ankles.
She couldn’t win a debate with a home-schooled ten-year-old.
And…she has a lot of baggage. (No, her fat ass, but her corrupt background, and the contrivance that she and her fake husband are. No getting away with that two times in a row.)
It doesn’t matter what she has said or done, the Left are nuts and will have organisms if she runs. They won’t be able to vote fast or often enough.
It’s like they all believe in white privileged and deserve to lose everything, and this is aunt Jemima to them, only cooler
I would vomit at the win and cry for America
I couldn’t even imagined a worse scenario then to have these carpetbaggers back in office.
You know Trump would hit her hard and can you imagine the media’s reaction when he verbally beats up and names Mechelle?
“You know Trump would hit her hard and can you imagine the media’s reaction when he verbally beats up and names Mechelle?…”
So what? The lesson taught by Trump is to not give a crap what the democrat media says about anything.
Though plenty on the left would vote for a grotesque jackass like moooochelle obama, no one who voted for Donald Trump would.
Which kind of makes winning outside the margin of fraud even more important!
He could at least come off as likeable. She does not even come close. Can’t see that changing, only getting worse.
I don’t think the Obama’s will be able to help themselves. She will run not because its in the best interests of the country BUT because its in the best interests of the Obama’s.
What the country absolutely doesn’t need is another Obama turning the place in to a shit hole once again (TTPINTASO…ok, not the same ring as MAGA! :).
It it will be turned in to a dictatorial shit hole with many grudges to be settled!
I have a horrible record at this sort of thing. I predicted at the end of 2008 that Clinton would challenge 0bama in 2012, just as Kennedy did to Carter — and win, because so far as we know she’s never killed anyone. And in 2016 I thought Michelle was going to jump into the D race at the last minute, openly campaigning on the basis that she’d delegate the actual presidenting to Barack while she continued to enjoy the high life. So while I agree with this analysis, that probably means it won’t happen.
Any effort to handicap this fall’s elections is a fools errand. There will be far too much that will occur between then and now that we know of and there will certainly be additional events that will unfold as well that will make the future far from certain or even predictable.
What we know is coming is the OIG report that will, if it lives up to even a small portion of its advertising, indict a substantial members of Obama’s former administration as well as many former DOJ and FBI members. Additionally, a Homeland security report on election fraud is due to be released that is supposed to be a real eye opener. Meanwhile, there are the continuing investigations by various house committees that will likely even snare Mueller in the Uranium One debacle and the list goes on. All of these will be terrible blows against Democrats for either being involved in the shenanigans or fighting against the investigations. And then there is the economy that is teetering on the edge of complete collapse….
Handicapping the fall elections? Yeah right.
First Black Woman President.
If the economy fails, that’s enough for a win.
The left cannot see all the hubris that Obama brought to the office, and the truly believe that all the opposition he faced was race driven. Reality doesn’t seem to count for very much these days, it is voting based on feelings and creating some kind of warped history over what is best for the country.
To an extent, that is helped get Trump elected, though at least with him, many of his views and thoughts of what should be done resonated with people fed up of lies.
I could see her running. Though I wonder if the fraud machine is going to be as effective as it was for Obama. I do think she is not as well liked as the smooth talking Obama was, but hey, she would be the first woman, and first black woman, and in some eyes the first Transgender to be President. I shudder at the thought of her running, as I despise her views, and her racism, but fear she could be voted in.
Before Michelle runs for president, she first needs to truthfully explain she she voluntarily surrendered her Illinois law license “pursuant to a court order.” Come on Ms. Robinson, tell us who “voluntarily” surrenders a license pursuant to a court order?
Um, every single IL lawyer who put their license into inactive status before November 1999, that’s who. Going inactive required petitioning the state supreme court. Michelle did it in 1994, when a court order was needed; Barack kept his license active until 2007, when it wasn’t.
And now, representing the party of the perv, the felon, the freeloading welfare mooch, the illegal alien invader, the foreign voter, the murdering Muslim jihadi, here’s Michelle Obama and her hubbie…