A Democratic party largely reduced to electoral ashes will begin their rebuilding with their 2020 Presidential primary.
That contest will decide who will challenge President-elect Donald Trump in his bid for re-election.
And already the media is talking up Michelle Obama as that candidate.
Assuming Hillary Clinton doesn’t make a third bid for the White House, the 2020 Democrat primary shapes up to be a wide open contest among a bushel of far-left ideologues.
Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kristen Gillibrand, and newly elected Senator Kamala Harris have all been talked about as top-tier prospects.
The party may also look to one of its few remaining Governors as a possible standard bearer.
However, the Washington Post also threw out the name of the soon-to-be-former First Lady, Michelle Obama.
The Post’s Chris Cillizza writes:
“First lady Michelle Obama: Let’s say this first: The soon-to-be-former first lady has never run for elected office and, to date, has shown absolutely no interest in doing so. But let’s also say this: She gave the two best political speeches of the past two years — the first at the Democratic National Convention in July, the second in New Hampshire in the fall, an emotional condemnation of Trump’s America. Obama has one thing — with the possible exception of Booker — that the rest of the people on this list lack: true star power. She would start the race not only totally known by base Democrats but also absolutely beloved. The issue for Obama is that being a candidate in your own right is very different from being a surrogate for a candidate.”
Michelle Obama has many times made it known she is largely disgusted with electoral politics.
In March of 2016, she stated she would not run for President.
“Speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, the first lady made it clear that she has no designs on the presidency.
“I will not run for president. No, nope, not going to do it,” Obama said.
She indicated a desire to be free from partisan controversy while still serving the public, saying she wanted to “impact as many people as possible in an unbiased way.”
She also cited her children as a reason not to seek the office.”
And Barack Obama has also stated there is no way she will ever run for President.
But these pronouncements were all made when they assumed Hillary Clinton would win the election.
Circumstances have since changed.
Her husband has already let it be known he will not afford President-elect Trump with the same courtesy of refraining from commenting on his affairs, as past previous Presidents – such as George W. Bush – have afforded their successors.
Could Obama heckling Trump from the sidelines be the start of an opposition that culminates into his wife launching a bid to restore the Obamas – and the Democrats – to the White House?
While nothing can be discounted or ruled out, the odds are Michelle Obama will not be a candidate for President in 2020.