Sales records for her memoirs confirm that her candidacy would combine the slobbering media and Democrat love affair for her husband with the steroid of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Michelle Obama says she doesn’t want to be president.
Yet she probably is the only Democrat capable of uniting the Democrat Party around something other than Trump hatred. It’s not that she doesn’t hate Trump, she’s made quite clear she does.
But she would bring something else to the table for Democrats, the Barack Obama coalition and willingness of Democrats to put aside their ideological differences in subservience to a nominee.
There was no “Never Obama” movement within the Democrat Party in 2008 and 2012, unlike the “Never Trump” movement in the Republican Party. But there was a “Never Hillary” wing of the Democrat Party that may have cost her the 2016 election.
Could any other present Democrat candidate unite the party like an Obama?
Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and the others are mere wannabees with limited name recognition and baggage, relative no-names desperate for attention. Bernie could excite the base, but would split the party. Joe Biden missed his chance in 2016, time has passed him by, as has the Democratic Socialist wing of the party.
We’ve been writing for a long time that Republicans should expect a Michelle Obama candidacy:
- Get Ready for Michelle Obama 2020 (September 10, 2017)
- Michelle Obama 2020. Yes She Can. But will she run? (January 29, 2018)
- Michelle Obama 2020 coming into focus with Memoirs release just after 2018 midterms (February 25, 2018)
- Michelle Obama may be best Dem hope for 2020, but says she doesn’t want the job (April 7, 2018)
- Rasmussen Poll: Michelle Obama would beat Trump (November 19, 2018
In our January 1, 2018, Predictions post, I predicted the Michelle would run because Democrats would be in a panic if they didn’t recapture the House
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.
Democrats did retake the House, but not the Senate, so mark that as a prediction that didn’t hold. But I don’t think the logic for Michelle has changed, given the likely Democrat field, which may measure in the dozens. “[T]here [still] 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.”
That person uniquely is Michelle. There is a good indicator in the reveal that her Memoirs, released just after Election Day, have shattered sales expectations.
Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” has become a massive hit.
Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former first lady’s memoir has sold more than 1.4 million copies in print and digital formats in the U.S. and Canada in the seven days since it was released Nov. 13.
Based on demand from retailers across all channels, the publisher has printed 3 million hardcover copies in North America. On its first day, the book sold more than 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts.
Crown also said that “Becoming” is currently the No. 1 adult nonfiction title in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Denmark and Finland. In Germany, some 200,000 copies have been sold, prompting a second printing of 100,000 copies.
In the United Kingdom, “Becoming” is published by Viking and it has had five press runs with a total of 575,000 copies in print. In Holland, the Dutch-language edition is the best-selling book in the Netherlands, with the English-language edition ranked second.
“Becoming” is well exceeding the pace of previous memoirs by first ladies. In 2003, Hillary Clinton’s “Living History” had first week sales of around 600,000 copies.
One aspect of her memoirs that has led media pre-publication coverage was her hatred of Trump:
Former first lady Michelle Obama writes in her forthcoming memoir that President Donald Trump’s promotion of the so-called birther movement is something she will “never forgive him for,” according to excerpts obtained by The Washington Post and other outlets, detailing the threats she said her family felt as a result of Trump’s amplification of the conspiracy theory….
“The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks,” she says in the book.
“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”
There’s a reason her team leaked the birther portion of the book pre-publication. They understand that Trump hatred sells well.
It’s not surprising that the memoir is selling well in Europe. Mr. Obama was the president of the world (in his policy and mind). That appeals to a large segment of the U.S. population, particularly younger people, indoctrinated since elementary school, but particularly in college, that the U.S. is the world’s greatest problem.
The mainstream media would unite behind Michelle like nothing we’ve ever seen. Her candidacy would combine the slobbering media and Democrat love affair for her husband with the steroid of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
All that said, I still doubt Michelle will run. I believe her when she says she doesn’t want the job, and it’s a job you have to really, really want to run for it.
Michelle Obama may not want to run for president. And she may not want to be president. But despite those personal feelings, the clamoring for her will reach deafening proportions once Democrat primary season gets underway and Democrats take a look at the 25 people on stage and scream: HELP!DONATE
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