"Democrats Badly Need Barack Obama" In 2018; Party Insiders Long For Former Leader's Return

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"Help us Barack Obama, you’re our only hope," is the call from The Left.

As Democrats’ struggle to find a new champion to lead them in next year’s battle to wrestle back control of the Senate and possibly the House - otherwise known as the 2018 midterms - party insiders are quietly hoping that the former president will step up and play a leading role in stumping for embattled Democratic candidates across the country, according to the Hill.

Since leaving the White House, the former president has been reticent about his plans for the future, though he has occasionally broken his silence to lob a critical tweet or two at his successor. Recently, one of Obama’s tweets, which depicted him smiling at three ethnically mixed toddlers above the message that read “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion,” became the most popular tweet of all time. 

The party’s enthusiasm for its former leader is at odds with the president’s desire to remain on the sidelines and allow the next generation of party talent to takeover. Though judging by Democrats’ performance since the beginning of the Trump era, it appears they have a pretty shallow bench.

Here's the Hill:

“Democrats are already nostalgic for Obama as they battle against President Trump’s agenda. When he talks, they listen, as evidenced this week by a tweet from Obama about Charlottesville that became the most popular in the history of the platform.


The tricky question now facing the party is how much should it rely on the former president to boost candidates’ profile in 2018.


“Some Democrats are pushing for Obama to have a more elevated role, but the president has made clear he is wary of sliding back into the role of party leader, which could prevent new leaders from emerging.”

But given the party’s waning popularity – recent polls show Democrats are even less popular with the American public than Republicans – it doesn’t look like they have much choice. Without their greatest political asset, the party will likely be doomed to another embarrassing defeat.  

“Democrats badly need Barack Obama,” said Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist. “He offers such a vivid contrast to Trump in behavior and temperament.”  


“He always sounded reasonable and acted responsibly even if you disagreed with him,” Bannon continued. “None of the potential Democratic presidential candidates have the visibility or credibility to be effective.”

Another strategist said it’s “unconscionable” how little Obama has done to help the Democrats since President Trump’s upset victory in November.

“Brent Budowsky, a former Democratic aide and columnist for The Hill, said Obama “should play a far more aggressive role, starting today, to win back the House and Senate in 2018.”


“America faces an enormous political crisis and it is unconscionable how little Obama and other former top officials have done to help Democrats since Trump began his ugly abuses of power.”

Still, others argue that it wouldn't be wise to push Obama into the role of Trump’s “sparring partner,” and that when campaigning begins, the former president should play an important but "understated" role to help give the next round of party leaders some room to develop.

“Democratic strategist Christy Setzer agreed, saying while the Democratic nostalgia is “deep and real,” it isn’t wise to have Obama become Trump’s sparring partner.


“For Democrats, never has the contrast been stronger between what we just gave up and what we have now,” Setzer said.


But she added that for potential 2020 candidates like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) or Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to truly move into the political spotlight, “Obama has to remain in the shadows.”


While Democrats may be in a different place a year from now, she added, ‘right now, we’re still trying to figure out who the next leaders of the party are. Until that’s more clear, Obama can’t be as prominent.’”

To be sure, Obama has already been involved in fundraising for the party, and is expected to begin campaigning in the fall, according to the Hill. The broader question is, should the Democrats fail to find a new champion by the midterms, will desperate Dems turn to Michelle Obama, who already polls higher than many of the party’s other most prominent figures?

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Giant Meteor's picture

Barf Bag, pass the barf bag ..

Proctologist's picture

The repugs give the dims a golden opportunity (Bannon canned) and this is the best they can come up with?

They're bound and determined to give the Orange one another term.


InjectTheVenom's picture



moimeme's picture

By the time Trump is done with America, even Republicans will long for Obama.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Obama did make some daring fashion statements wearing his mom-jeans.

Keyser's picture

Between the dwindling war chest in the Dim camp and the lunacy coming from Dim leaders such as Mad Maxine, coupled with the MSM's allegiance to the BLM and ANTIFA, the 2018 mid-terms are going to be a bloodbath on the left... That is unless lots of GOP primaries are called to kick the fucktard, do-nothing GOP Congress out of office... 

PT's picture

I hate to say it but I think we can all agree that we cannot ever afford to have anything other than a straight, white male non-Jew near the Presidency ever again.  Why?  Simple.  He is the only one that you will ever be allowed to criticize, EVER!!!

Otherwise you'll be hounded for being homophobic, racist, sexist or anti-Semitic while the President openly murders people on live television (not that anyone watches TV anymore - on live YouTube!)

Sorry Social Justice Warriors.  You try to drown out the idea by screaming "Nazi" at the top of your voices and yet you know damn well it's true and you are openly confirming it is true right now by doing exactly what I just said you would do.  No one else will ever be allowed to be criticized, no matter how evil they are.  And you guys/gals/its MADE THAT HAPPEN.  You openly attacked anyone who had genuine concerns with actions taken by the non-white, non-male etcetras and so you made it too dangerous for any of them to have any power.  You did that.  Congrats.

PT's picture

In a nutshell:  Never vote for anyone you can not openly criticize.

PT's picture

Corollary:  But how will you know if they never do anything wrong?

Richard Chesler's picture

He can spew all that bullshit about hopey changey all over again.

PT's picture

300 million people to choose from and yet the Ds come back to ...

Coming to think of it, 300 million people to choose from, why are any Ds (or Rs for that matter) still in office?
300 million folks, that's a lot to choose from.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Corporate CEOs are chosen by the prime shareholders.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Well, at east the niggers stopped killing themselves and others...er, didn't they?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Vote for Nobody, because Nobody cares.

PT's picture

Vote for whoever is scared of you.  No-one else will do your bidding.

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Cassandra.Hermes's picture

They already do, currently 67% of Americans like Obama, it means that some Trump supporters like him too, they are just too proud to admit it!

Normalcy Bias's picture

If the Dems can't find him, they should go to Man's Country, Chicago, IL.

jeff montanye's picture

he's more popular now he's gone, kind of like jimmy carter.  he didn't help his own by elections at all.  the dems have some headwinds: russiagate, debbie and the awans (it's my party and you can cry if you want to), the beck suit, the increasingly revealed corruption/bias of the media.

(i voted for obama in 2008; paul, johnson next; then trump.)  

if they want to win, get sanders and gabbard.

PT's picture

Re "more popular now he's gone" :  No.  People are happier now he's gone.  There's a difference.

Keyser's picture

Spoken with true leftist mentalisty... In other words, bullshit nonsense disguised as logic... 

PT's picture

I'm hearing good things about Hillary.  I think she might win the 2016 election.

DarkestbeforeDawn's picture

How many bong hits did it take to come up with that BS?  It's more like 67% of Americans with any common sense would like to put a bullet in Oblowme's head.  And that goes for that disgusting tranny, Mooch

Demon Slayer's picture

Obuttplug skyrocketed our debt into oblivion. Trump has cut US debt by 100 billion dollars already and is the #1 debt cutting US president in US history...after 8 months or so?

JRobby's picture

"Bring back The Manchurian Kenyan !!!!"

Goebbels smiles from Hell. The brainwashing is complete and utterly unbreakable.

hunkerdown's picture

Democrats' reason for being is neoliberalism, just like that other party.  They'd rather lose as neoliberal cocksuckers than win as populists.

My crotch itches's picture

After losing the house, and then the Senate and then the Presidency, who do the Dems turn to for minority leadership...Right back to Pelosi and Schumer.  Architects of failure.  Look and listen to who is running the DNC now.  He's an screamintg asshole.  And this says nothing to the mouthpieces we see trotted out like Maxine and Warren.  Their choices that they are offering us are corruption or idiots, (and sometimes both).  They had a chance at new House leadership with the guy from Ohio and rejected him for another round of Pelosi. 

As long as the Democratic Party clings to identity politics and socialism, all while openly denigrating middle class working whites, they will continue to lose more and more relevence in the discussion.


GUS100CORRINA's picture

"Democrats Badly Need Barack Obama" In 2018; Party Insiders Long For Former Leader's Return


Donald J. Trump's picture

Do they not realize that Zero was the reason we have Trump?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Their next opposition will be a clone of Uncle Adolf in a pin-striped suit.

ShrNfr's picture

It could be worse. They might want Barney Frank back.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

The guy that was running and under age gay prostitution ring out of his house and NEVER got any penalties for it.

hunkerdown's picture

>under age gay prostitution ring

Personal services for the Democrat Party's consultants, you mean?

HRClinton's picture

The two are a contrast indeed. 

Although both men can do it Doggy style, they use different orifices. Also, one likes doing it, the other likes getting it.

drendebe10's picture

The traitorous lying turd illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker imbecile needs its skin sand papered off, then buried in salt.

Xredsx's picture

He is the AntiChrist and he does take back leadership. Many will see him as a God and much of the world will go to war against America including Britain. Not my words but something i read a while ago.if in the unlikely event that if this comes true, dont take the chip.

hootowl's picture

Britain will soon be a muslime caliphate with an underclass of disarmed, homeless, and oppressed former britishers.  Britain is becoming a looming enemy with millions of antichrists standing ready to invade, disarm, and destroy english-speaking and Christian North America; and turn the apostate Christian churches into numerous gates into muslime Hell.

JD59's picture

The Great White Hope BHO is done.

JD59's picture

Remember SNOWFLAKES HUSSEIN's momma was white.

Gold Pedant's picture

...and that he is run by remote control.


Contrast a scene where you find an aging RC helicopter pilot dropping the remote mid-flight and BO's teleprompter going down because someone knocked the VGA cable out, and you will find very similar reactions. 

And yes, he is like 12/13 Arab and was brought up in Indonesia. It's irrational to call him black by any stretch.

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

You forgot the word "whore" at the end of your sentence there, JD.

HRClinton's picture

Whites will not be fooled or bullied into voting for another Mulatto or non-White again. 

"Fool me once..." -GWB

jeff montanye's picture

special case of no one should be fooled or bullied into voting for anyone.

(tulsi gabbard 2020: keep trump with his program)

Dave's not here's picture

Please oh please bring that moron back.. They still dont get it.

Sam Clemons's picture

People still don't get that the president doesn't matter at all?

Rufus Temblor's picture

Go ahead, bring back Obama. The Civil War will then start.

Crypto Kevin's picture

Obama is a moderate compared to Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, etc.