The Obama years left the Democratic Party is ruins.

Losing over 1,000 seats at every level of government has decimated the party’s bench of candidates as they try to rebuild and challenge Trump in 2020.

So Democrats across the country are turning to the one woman they believe could defeat Donald Trump.

Party leaders and activists are all holding out hope that Michelle Obama will jump into elected politics.

Like all First Ladies, she has sky-high approval numbers.

She received even more worshipful coverage from the media than her husband.

Every speech she delivered was met with rapturous praise by a fawning media.

And now that the Clintons have been forced off the stage, the Democrat Party is hunting around for new leaders.

The party’s current bench of candidates are untested nationally, old, and lacking in personal appeal.

The only known commodity is Michelle Obama.

And Politico reports Democrats are pining for her to jump into the 2020 contest:

“Even as the former first lady transitions back to private life, the buzz persists, with her admirers watching to see where she goes next, and some not willing to let go of the idea of a third Obama administration.

Erik Reich, a chiropractor in Connecticut who started a super PAC called “Ready For Michelle 2020” last fall, said he wasn’t deterred by Obama’s repeated insistence that she has no intention of running for office.

“Almost all of them say that. I would take that with a grain of salt,” he said.

Reich said he was inspired to start his own PAC in part because Stephen Colbert showed how easy it was on his old Comedy Central show. He plans to fundraise for the group as a hobby, with the hopes of putting the money toward assisting progressive candidates in 2018 — and, ideally, Obama herself in 2020.

Reich described the former first lady’s appeal this way: “She brought a lot of class to the office. She’s been very out front with certain issues, and she’s going to have four years to build upon that, and I think it’s going to be interesting to see where she goes in four years.”

“I think we’re ready for a woman president,” he added. “Everybody likes her. Well, not everybody, but close.”

The Washington Post also published an article naming her as one of the top ten contenders for the 2020 nomination.

But so far, Michelle Obama has denied any interest in running for office.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she was asked point blank about it.

She flat out said “No.”

The Blaze reports:

“During a sit-down with Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey asked the outgoing first lady if she plans to run for office, and Obama made her answer very clear.

When Winfrey pressed her on whether or not she would seek any political office, Obama offered a very clear and concise, “No.”

“I don’t make stuff up,” Obama said. “I’m not coy. … I’m pretty direct. If I were interested in it, I’d say it.”

Democrats looking for a 2020 contender are likely going to have to look elsewhere.