According to an opinion editorial published in The Hill, former first lady Michelle Obama is viewed as the best choice for Democrats to win back the White House in 2020.
The writer, political analyst and consultant Douglas E. Schoen, who served as a pollster for former President Bill Clinton, stated that even though Michelle Obama would not be the candidate he would choose, “she is the candidate the divided Democratic Party needs” and is the “only prospective candidate who can bring the party together, rebuild the Obama coalition, win back the Midwest, and win the presidency.
Michelle Obama “stands a cut above the rest” and has a much-higher chance of winning in 2020 than Hillary Clinton would have, Schoen declared.
DML News CEO Dennis Michael Lynch has warned multiple times that Michelle Obama will, indeed, be on the ticket in 2020. In November, he stated on a Facebook Live broadcast, “Nobody is talking about this today, but I assure you Michelle Obama will be running for president in 2020. No matter what anyone says differently, she will be running. And sadly, she can win.”
Schoen notes that two leading prospective Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), have already begun fundraising operations. Representative John Delaney (D-Md.) has announced he is running, and former Vice President Joe Biden has started building a national email list.
Schoen maintains that the Democratic Party not only needs a new leader but a new policy agenda that would do more than merely resist President Trump every time it turns around.
The Democrats need an agenda that would promote traditional party values and grow the economy, along with a plan to rebuild and unite the Party. “The only person I can see accomplishing this would be none other than the Party’s most popular political figure: Michelle Obama,” Schoen wrote.
He stated that the polls show Mrs. Obama is “respected by the American people and by the near-entirety of the Democratic Party,” although, personally, Schoen says he could not endorse her and is still critical of Barack Obama’s presidency.
Michelle Obama would be a superior candidate to Hillary Clinton, Schoen wrote, adding, “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.”
He noted that Michelle Obama’s favorability rating is currently 30 points higher than President Trump’s, whose favorability rating stands at 39.7 percent, and that a poll last month indicated that there is a “significant yearning for the return of the days of President Obama.”
Any candidate “intimately associated” with Obama’s tenure would have a better chance of defeating President Trump in 2020 than would any of the other Democratic 2020 hopefuls, Schoen asserts.
In October, word got out that Illinois Democrats were pushing Michelle Obama to make a run for a Senate seat or even mayor of Chicago.
In November 2016, then-President Barack Obama stated, “Michelle will never run for office. She is as talented a person as I know. You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in politics.”
In an April 2017 speech Mrs. Obama gave at the American Institute of Architecture Convention in Orlando, the former first lady claimed she had no interest in running for president, saying, “[I] wouldn’t ask my children to do this again.”
On Monday, Mrs. Obama appeared in a photo collage, dressed to imitate the same image as Beyoncé in her music video, “Formation,” in honor of the singer’s birthday. The video portrays several scenes that are negative toward law enforcement officers.
This week, an outfit she wore during a trip to Italy was touted by Vanity Fair magazine as the reason she and Barack Obama made the best-dressed list: “A white Club Monaco top and custom BCBG olive-green pants.”
However, she was condemned by many for wearing the outfit to a church in Italy, as the revealing blouse exposed her bare shoulder.
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