Now, Democratic candidates are apparently taking political advice from the man who oversaw the greatest devastation to the modern Democrat party ever: Barack Obama.
According to the Washington Times:
A source close to Mr. Obama told CNN he has met with Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and former Attorney General Eric Holder.
According to the unnamed source, Mr. Obama spends time during the meetings “on how to respond to the president, positioning and broader challenges with the party.”
A few others who have met with Mr. Obama, according to CNN, include former Massachusetts Gov. Deal Patrick, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, South Bend Mayor Peter Buttigieg, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and former Secretary of State of Missouri Jason Kander.
The Democratic Party expects a large field of candidates, similar to the GOP’s 17 candidates ahead of the 2016 election. (Much like the gigantic roster of GOP hopefuls in 2016.) In addition to Elizabeth Warren, Deval Patrick, Cory Booker, and Joe Biden, Obama has also spread his wisdom to Bernard Sanders; former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Peter Buttigieg; former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander; and former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Here’s more from the Times:
Mr. Obama left office promising to mentor Democrats, saying he wanted to build a more durable party. His chief effort has been trying to get a better outcome out of the decennial redistricting process, which draws the lines for U.S. House districts.
But with the 2020 elections looming, a number of his lieutenants, including Mr. Biden and Mr. Holder, are looking at presidential runs. The Democratic field is shaping up to be large.
Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic strategist and CEO of Blueprint Strategy, views Mr. Obama as a great unifier whose voice is needed ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections, but he also thinks there’s a place for 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton to lend a helping hand to future 2020 candidates.
“You either win or you learn,” Mr. Seawright said. “We can learn a lot from her race.”
Mr. Obama may also be able to help Democrats connect with black voters, and his advice on wooing donors is likely to be heeded, given his prowess as a master fundraiser.
“That is his biggest influence in the election … there is still a lot of the donor class who idolize him,” said Chuck Rocha, a political consultant who advised Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. “People are going to write checks and show up.”
There’s just one small detail these political experts aren’t considering — Trump ran, essentially, against Obama. He said he was going to undo all of the progressive policies the former President forced on the American people. (And Trump seems to be doing just that.) America is sick and tired of Barack Obama. They showed that in 2016 and they’l show it again in 2020.
Here’s to hoping all of these potential candidates listen closely and take his advice.
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