Saying that Democrats want to take back the White House in 2020 is an understatement. But they need to do more than resisting President Trump at every step. The Democratic Party faces many obstacles in this effort, however, the greatest threat is the fierce internal divisions within the party.
As former Vice President Joe Biden is busy building a national email list to communicate directly with his supporters, two of the leading prospective presidential candidates, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), have already begun national fundraising operations, and Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) has already announced his presidential candidacy.
But Democrats not only need a new leader. As The Hill reporter Douglas E. Schoen explains, “the party needs a new policy agenda that is aimed at growing our economy, promoting traditional party values.”
“Democrats need an alternative plan to rebuild and unite the party if they have any hope in winning back seats in Congress in the 2018 midterms, nonetheless the White House in 2020.
This alternative plan requires a new, united opposition, led by a political leader with widespread popularity. The only person that I can see accomplishing this would be none other than the party’s most popular political figure: Michelle Obama.”
“As an analyst, I believe that she is the candidate the divided Democratic Party needs,” Douglas writes. “Otherwise, the party could well rip itself apart.”
He added: “Michelle Obama stands a cut above the rest as the only prospective candidate who can bring the party together, rebuild the Obama coalition, win back the Midwest and, thus, win the presidency.”
Douglas clarifies that he’s not a fan of Mrs. Obama.
“Let me be clear, this is not an endorsement. I have been, and still am, critical of Barack Obama’s presidency. Michelle Obama would not be my candidate, and I do not agree with many of the positions I believe she would advance. But as an analyst, Michelle Obama is clearly the Democrats’ best chance to reunite the party and win back the White House in 2020.”
“Michelle Obama is perceived as a strong, well-qualified leader with immense national popularity. Broadly, the polls show she is respected by the American people and by the near-entirety of the Democratic Party.”
Douglas argues that Michelle Obama would be a far superior candidate to Hillary Clinton.
“I opposed Hillary Clinton because she faced ethical issues that could very well have initiated a constitutional crisis had she been elected. Michelle Obama does not face such controversy.”
“Furthermore, Michelle Obama’s favorability rating is significantly greater than President Trump’s. According to the RealClear Politics Average, Trump’s latest favorability rating lies at 39.7 percent — a whopping 30 points less than Michelle Obama.”
And that’s not all: just last month, Public Policy Polling found there to be “significant yearning for a return to the days of President Obama,” with 52 percent of voters saying they wish Barack Obama was still president, and only 39 percent preferring President Trump.
Considering that Michelle Obama had an even higher favorability rating than President Obama when he left office, she clearly would have a tremendous opportunity to succeed if she ran.
What do you think?