That Democrats are still chattering about Michelle Obama as the answer to Biden’s problems is very telling: “I’d take her in a heartbeat.”
Here we go again.
As readers are aware, for two-and-one-half years we have been raising the possibility that at some point, likely at the convention, Democrats would beg Michelle Obama to save the party from disaster by agreeing to be the presidential nominee. [A listing of our prior posts is at the bottom of this post.]
That would avoid Michelle having to dirty her hands debating the Democrat riff-raff during the primaries, and she could waltz straight into the general election.
We tempered our expectations by frequently noting that Michelle said she didn’t want to run for political office and didn’t want to be president. Yes, but if it would avoid four more years of Orange Man Bad trearing down Mr. Obama’s legacy, well, who knows.
The disaster we were expecting that would lure Michelle in was Bernie being the likely nominee. We didn’t expect a grand Michelle entrance with Joe Biden as the nominee.
But that was before Biden’s cognitive decline became both obvious and an election issue, making it clear that when he no longer can hide, he doesn’t have what it takes. And now the lack of enthusiasm for Biden is even more clear. Biden and Trump are pretty much in a dead heat in the polls in key swing states, at a time when we are going through a pandemic, a stock market crash, and soaring unemployment. Not good if you are a Democrat, by any normal standard.
So Michelle jumping into the campaign is back on the chatter table, but this time as a running mate. That chatter still is coming from Democrats, as Politico reported recently:
With the Democratic primary settled, the Rev. Al Sharpton says he now includes a political consideration in his daily prayers: God, please let Michelle Obama be Joe Biden’s running mate.
Sharpton’s decision to implore a higher power is perhaps unique among Democrats, but the strong sentiment is commonplace among party leaders, operatives, rank-and-file voters — and it’s led many to hold out hope she’ll be Biden’s vice presidential pick….
Her refusals haven’t stopped Democrats from asking her to reconsider.
“I asked her when I last saw her and she seemed emphatic that she was not going to do it. I doubt if she does it,” Sharpton said, adding that he began praying she would change her mind after the recent encounter.
Still, none of that hasn’t gotten in the way of Democrats dreaming of a restoration of sorts. While discussing Biden’s potential veep picks, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes recently told a reporter she didn’t want to name a preference. But when asked about Michelle Obama, she stopped for a beat.
“Oh my God,” she said, almost gasping. “That would be amazing.” ….
Biden made clear his high regard for Michelle Obama on Feb. 27 during a rally in Conway, S.C., where a voter asked him whether he would consider her for a running mate. Before Biden could answer, actress Vivica Fox, who was onstage with Biden, quickly chimed in.
“I’m here for that!” Fox said.
“I’d do that in a heartbeat if I thought there was any chance,” Biden said.
Biden repeated his dream in an interview with Pittsburgh CBS:
“I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden said on Monday. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”
“I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again,” Biden added.
Andy McCarthy asks a pertinent question:
Question for my political analyst colleagues: If Michelle Obama had wanted it, Dem nomination was hers for the asking. She decided not to run. Why, then, would she agree to run as second-fiddle to Biden, whom Obamas may like personally but obviously have misgivings about?
Michael Walsh in the NY Post has a theory — one a little to wild for us to have thought of, but maybe we are not devious enough. Multiple readers send me this link, How the Obamas could easily win eight more years in the White House:
So the choice is clear: Michelle Obama. Never mind that she has even less political experience than Hillary Clinton did when she ran for the White House, and has long said she disdains public office….
Here’s how it would work:
- In the next month or so, Biden would announce Michelle Obama as his running mate. With a little reverse engineering of the Obama-Biden bumper stickers of 2008 and 2012, they’re good to go.
- Michelle would immediately attract the undying worship of the national press corps. With the country still in lockdown, she can wave to Andrea Mitchell & Co. from the front door of her residences in Washington, DC ($8.1 million purchase price), Martha’s Vineyard ($11.75 million) or Chicago ($1.65 million).
- Barack Obama, who manfully supports his wife in all her endeavors, would joke about being the First Husband and cite his familiarity with the White House as a qualification.
- Nov. 3: With the black vote and the Bernie Sanders wing of the party solidly behind them, the Biden-Obama(s) team would defeat Trump in both the popular vote and the Electoral College, flipping Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and North Carolina and winning both houses of Congress.
- Jan. 20, 2021: Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States.
- Jan. 21: On live television, Joe and Dr. Jill Biden tearfully announce that the 78-year-old president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” and that under the 25th Amendment, he’s resigning. Michelle Obama is now president of the United States and will not only fill out Biden’s term but will retain her eligibility to run again in her own right in 2024 when she will have turned 60.
- Jan. 22: President Obama announces her choice for vice president …
However unlikely, it’s the smart play. How could the Republicans ever counter it?
Got that? Michelle as VP nominee as a stealth way for the Obamas to regain control of the White House.
It’s a lot less work for Michelle than running for president herself. The TV networks would give her adoring coverage, the major newspapers would swoon, Hollywood and the entertainment industry would go to bat for her. Basically, just put Michelle on the ticket, watch Joe fade, then take over. All she would have to do is show up to save Joe.
I’m not predicting that will happen, but let’s face it, the fact that there still is chatter among Democrats about Michelle saving the party shows how fundamentally weak Biden is as a candidate.
From our prior coverage:
- 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)
- Michelle Obama’s Grammys Buzz – A reminder of the mediocrity of Democrat presidential candidates (February 11, 2019)
- With Bread Line Bernie rising, expect Michelle-mentum (February 21, 2019)
- Don’t rule out Michelle Obama as Democrats’ Hail Mary Pass to prevent a Bernie apocalypse (April 24, 2019)
- Michelle Obama floated as savior of Democrats from radical left general election disaster (October 22, 2019)
- Michelle Obama 2020 Chatter Rising — As We Predicted Over Two Years Ago (November 26, 2019)
- The Democrat beating Trump in the polls isn’t running …. yet (December 21, 2019)
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