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The Obama effect.

June 13, 2018

Many Republicans are “commenting” on reports that former President Barack Obama is vetting potential 2020 presidential candidates.

Vetting may be too strong a word (or it might not), but there seems to be little doubt that reports that he is at least talking to some of the hopefuls are true.

It kind of makes sense. After all, he was a really good campaigner, and extremely skilled at diverting attention away from his deeds and/or motives onto his personality.

As much as many people hate Donald Trump now, they loved Mr. Obama then, and wasn’t just the novelty of having a black man running for President.

In 2007, this man could not only entice his base to drink the Kool-Aid willingly, he could convince them it was the finest French wine.

Folks who delved a little deeper into his background at that time noted that prior to being elected to Congress he was a former community organizer with ties to some pretty radical left wing activists, like the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan.

The thing is, even when confronted with those facts, the man’s personal charisma was such that he was able to gradually paper over those connections.

He certainly didn’t stand up in front of a crowd and highlight his disgust with half the electorate. He waited until he was elected to do that.

It isn’t inconceivable that he would want to have a say in what kind of challenger it will take to run against President Trump in 2020.

Or is it more than that?

By the  time he left office, questions were already being asked about whether he had deliberately downplayed the threat of ISIS to give them a chance to gain a foothold, or if  perhaps he really was that inept when it came to defining the threat.

Democrats had pushed the line that it could take as much as 10 years to break up the group’s caliphate. It actually took less than 10 months, and had the U.S. been able to use its forces alone, it may well have taken half that time.

Number 44 knows that he hasn’t been off the public stage long enough for those questions to have been forgotten, hence his irritation with having his involvement in the 2020 campaign outed.

Given the news that the DNCC will enlist Hollywood’s help to tell them how to craft campaign rhetoric (presumably to learn how many ways  there are to say F—Trump?) you can see why Mr. Obama might feel the need to get involved.

In any case, it will be interesting to see who passes muster with the former president.

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