Obama Secretly Meeting With 2020 Democratic Contenders

Former President Obama has been conducting secret meetings with at least nine prospective Democratic presidential candidates for 2020 - including Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Deval Patrick, at his personal office on the third floor of the World Wildlife Building in D.C.'s West End.  

In quietly arranged one-on-one meetings confirmed by Politico, Obama is "eager to be a sounding board and counselor" to the Democrats he thinks has the best chance of shaping the future of the Democratic party. 

Many of the conversations have circled around Obama holding forth about how much Democrats should be heading into the midterms talking about the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election versus focusing on kitchen table issues. Don’t chase the shiny objects, he tells them. Don’t hyperventilate over the flash of any tweet. Think about what’s going to stick in the long term. -Politico

In other words, drop the Russia thing and try to reconnect with your base. As we noted in March, several Democrats see the Trump-Russia investigation as a "running joke," and that Americans are worried about said "kitchen table issues" more than the spectre of Russian involvement in the 2016 US election. 

Considering that the DNC is in shambles - having lost its last CEO in January after just eight months on the job, losing millennial voters at a record pace, and suffering a massive cash crunch amid the loss of a major donor - one can see why Obama is trying to triage the situation. 

Sanders, who has more respect for Obama and the work of his administration than is often portrayed, requested his meeting with the former president, held in mid-March, people told about that conversation confirmed.

They talked about the future of the party and their different roles in it. They talked about what the party should be focused on, and what would be distractions. Obama discussed his views on the differences between idealism and practicality, and Sanders responded with his. -Politico

Obama's meeting with Elizabeth Warren was their second since he left office, according to Politico - while the first was held in the spring of 2017 when Warren said she was "troubled" by the $400,000 Obama had received to speak at a Wall Street investment firm - calling the arrangement an example of the "snake that slithers through Washington." They apparently heard each other out and that was about it. 

The second meeting, warmer from start to finish, came just this past April and ran well into 90 minutes. They talked about Richard Cordray, the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who is now the Democratic nominee for governor in Ohio. They reminisced. They talked about Trump.

Obama's in-person meeting with his old pal and Vice President Joe Biden was merely a formality, as the two are said to "remain personally close and speak by phone." 

Biden is apparently waiting until after midterms to make a decision on 2020, "though many people see him as leaning towards it," Politico reports. If the former VP does decide to run, prepare for endless compilations of him glad-handling people who are utterly creeped out by his advances. 

Obama's involvement with the 2020 prospectives comes after calls from major Democrat donors to take on a bigger public role in the fight against Trump. While the former president hasn't directly done so - perhaps due to the overwhelming evidence emerging that he was involved in the FBI/DOJ's espionage efforts on the Trump campaign - Obama has been privately urging donors to kick in fresh funds to the Democratic National Committee. 

Politico also reports that lesser known Democratic politicians have been coordinating with Obama, such as former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu and Jason Kander - the filed 2016 Missouri Senate candidate who is considering his own run for the White House. 

Meanwhile, DNC leadership is virtually begging Obama to help salvage the party. 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has urged Obama over the phone to see massive fundraising as the best way he can help Senate Democrats in 2018. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has also been on the phone with Obama, urging him toward fundraising — and he’s now scheduled to do a fundraising event for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on June 29 in the Bay Area. Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez also continues to check in. -Politico

We note that the words "Hillary" and  "Clinton" are nowhere to be found in Politico's coverage. Perhaps those meetings are just super secret, or maybe the Democrats are simply done with her.

Comments

rtb61 MillionDollarButter Tue, 06/12/2018 - 05:03 Permalink

There will be primary chaos across the board in the midterms and it will only get worse. Political chaos is going to be the norm for the USA for the next decade. Chaotic infighting, corruption of the electoral system, main stream media treated like empty propaganda and the political parties torn asunder.

It will get worse when the knives come out, they back stab each other as the system collapses, tossing losers to the wolves (the extremely angry American public), to keep the theft going from a collapsing economy.

The corruption lead from the top will get much worse at local and state level, as disorder takes greater grip, so policing will start to fail to be replaced by for profit law enforcing, very similar to the way the Mafia would conduct itself, some things were still illegal under them but other crimes could be committed without fear of arrest or prosecution.

The empire must pass for the evolution to continue, else we will all suffer.

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JelloBeyonce Escrava Isaura Mon, 06/11/2018 - 20:50 Permalink

The Democraps and Republicunts are as different as Coke & Pepsi.....slightly different variations of the same sugary, non-nutritive crap.

Interestingly, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are largely owned, and thus effectively controlled, by the same groups of largest sharholders.
Thus no matter which "competing" brand you choose, the same people profit.

The mindless masses need to wake up to the realities of politics.

Democrap or Republicunt, the same ultra-wealthy continue to get wealthier....the same ultra-powerful gain ever more power.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are continually losing pace to inflation, and losing ever more freedoms and liberties.

The mindless masses need to wake up to the realities of politics.

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Escrava Isaura JelloBeyonce Mon, 06/11/2018 - 21:33 Permalink

I was previously told that Libertards and Conservatards bases were gullible, submissive crowd with low morale and severe lack of common sense. That they will cheer and rally for their bloodthirsty leader not matter of any crime that leader committed all the while slandering and blaming somebody else.

As a liberal that understand that my base is the same, I would like to reassure you I feel your pain. 

 

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alpha-protagonist Escrava Isaura Mon, 06/11/2018 - 20:59 Permalink

Huh? If the Democrats move any further left, they'll be back-to-back with the KKK on the far right.

Illegal immigration is far left.
Universal Basic Income is far left.
Weaponized political correctness is far left.

The list goes on, but maybe, just maybe, young Americans are starting to become aware of the left's hypocrisy and how it affects their own civil rights. Gee, maybe Dem contenders can meet with David Hogg...

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ravolla ll951983 Mon, 06/11/2018 - 21:29 Permalink

Good to see my man Wadalt and our newbies  ll951983  and  CHEOLL back out from under the couch with  Hot Pockets and back on the threads SPAMMING like a Grease Fire!!!! 

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Chupacabra-322 BLOTTO Mon, 06/11/2018 - 20:37 Permalink

All of the anger and violence that we have seen lately has greatly tainted the Democratic Party.

 

The Democrats have become the party of Kathy Griffin.

 

The Democrats have become the party of Antifa and mock Trump assassinations.

And the Democrats have become the party of James Hodgkinson.

 

U.S. Representative Tim Ryan was right on the ball when he admitted that his party’s brand has now become “toxic” in much of the nation…

 

The only “Strategy” left these Criminals have is to continue to Lie, Cheat & Steal Elections.

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bloofer Chupacabra-322 Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:12 Permalink

In online political discussions, liberals almost invariably display such incredible juvenility, emotional/mental instability, and often even outright mental deficiency that it seems impossible that any self-respecting person would want to be associated with them. 

We're talking drooling imbeciles. There are some whom I seriously believe to be posting from group homes.

I tend to assume that such people provide a special service to us, in the form of object lessons and cautionary tales: "This is your brain on liberalism."

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nmewn 1982xls Mon, 06/11/2018 - 20:24 Permalink

"Former President Obama has been conducting secret meetings with at least nine prospective Democratic presidential candidates for 2020 - including Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Deval Patrick..."

So I guess the meetings went something like...

"Look, they're going to find out my staff was involved in the FISA unmaskings but until then I'll give you all the support I can. But I'm kinda out of the intel loop now so, if you hear any rumblings of indictments against me return my favor so I can have Sir Branson get me the hell out of here." ;-)

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MoreFreedom 1982xls Mon, 06/11/2018 - 22:05 Permalink

Obama is "eager to be a sounding board and counselor" to the Democrats he thinks has the best chance of shaping the future of the Democratic party. 

I call bologna.  He's insisting that these politicians use and appoint people he wants in government, to save his but from spying on Trump during an election under false pretenses.   And he and Hillary are hogging the money that Democrats need to win their primaries and which they believe will help them win the general. 

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JelloBeyonce Boris Badenov Mon, 06/11/2018 - 20:55 Permalink

"....We're no dummies!"

The fact that people limit themselves to one of two pre-selected candidates by two parties that are controlled by the same group of elite says otherwise.

Democrap or Republicunt, the same ultra-wealthy keep getting wealthier, the same ultra-powerful continue to gain ever more power.
Meanwhile, the rest of us continue to lose pace to inflation, and continue to lose ever more freedoms and liberties.

Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.
So goes politics................

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