Barack Obama is gearing up to interfere in the 2018 elections, but apparently not every Democrat candidate is clamoring for his, uh, “help.”
Obama has stayed somewhat out of the political arena since leaving the White House. But over the last few months he has started making speeches and trying to re-establish his contacts in the Party.
According to The Hill, Obama is on the way:
The former president will kick off his push by delivering a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday. In the weeks ahead, Obama will also campaign in California, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania, a person familiar with his schedule said.
He’s the one we are waiting for… isn’t he?
Well, apparently not for every Democrat.
Democratic candidates running in states that President Trump won by double digits in 2016 would prefer that the former president stay far away.
Some Democrats in pro-Trump states, such as Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio), say they hope Obama will campaign for them.
Others, such as Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), want to keep the race locked on the battle between themselves and their state rivals, fearing a high-profile surrogate like Obama could distract from the strategy.
“We’re not going to use any surrogates. Surrogates are fine but we don’t need them. The race is myself and Matt Rosendale and that’s the way we want to keep it,” Tester told The Hill, referring to his GOP challenger.
Asked if she thought Obama might show up in North Dakota, Heitkamp said: “Nope, no.”
“He threatened to campaign against me once so I don’t think he’s coming out there,” she said.
But… but, wait… I thought the media has told us that everyone hates Trump? So, if everyone hates Trump, why don’t these Democrats want Obama to help out?
The truth is, the media has misfired on its proclamations that everyone hates Trump. In fact, a look at the primaries makes the lie to the media’s claims. Just about every single candidate that Trump endorsed won their primary. If Trump was so universally hated how did his endorsed candidates win? According to the media’s assessment, that should not have happened.
But it did.
So, maybe even Obama’s “help” may not be enough.
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