Recently, in the news, when I Google search Trump or politics, I see a familiar name come up: Barack Obama. (Maybe Google is being bias towards me! I better ask Trump.) Obama is the president I voted for twice. He is the shining beacon of hope. He is a person of passion, a leader with decency, and someone who always looked great for the cameras, every day, and his staff. (Am I drawn into the idea that life is a fairy tale… no, I am not, not really. Nothing is ever that squeaky-clean. Now, after the fact, after his presidency, this seems impossible, or a charade.) That being said, Obama’s appearance in the media this time strikes me as a HUGE concern for Democrats across the nation in relation to the midterms. This concern could spell a “red tide” in November.
Let me try and explain my opinion: Obama, to me, is the fixer that Hillary could never be for the Democrat Party. In many, if not all cases, Obama is entirely more likable and he knows how to persuade people better than any other Democrat candidate. (Politics aside, I would love to have a beer with President Obama.) He is the person that people can generally get behind, he is compassionate, where as Donald Trump may not appear to be to many. He is the antithesis of Trump in a plethora of ways: party, planning, and personality. Where Trump is straightforward and may not be politically correct, Obama is kind, amiable, and he smooths politics over with more politics (which is some cases, after the fact, may seem deceptive and manipulative.) Obama becoming necessary pre-2018 midterms should be a concern for anyone promoting progressive or blue, he–a man not running for office again (presumably) is in effect running against the man in office and for a party. Obama will be competing with Democrats for the Democrat party. His sun will outshine his lunar-like contenders in most situations. Obama’s void in the midterms as a candidate, after his presence now, could set Democrats back lightyears, he is a massive powerhouse to fill, a resource that essentially only the news media has, he belongs to no party, to the benefit of Republicans.
His reemergence seems more forced than planned, more emergency than by chance. For one: the former president and first lady said they were “going to take a little break” from politics after his presidency. It is subjective to try and understand what constitutes as a “little break”, however I feel the break would have been a bit longer had the blue wave become more of a sure thing at this juncture. I believe there is some internal ideas, within polling–which are really an unreliable guess, that the midterms will not be such a hand out to the losing part of the 2016 election. Mind you, that election was a sure thing for Hillary and it didn’t work out so well, alas polling said otherwise. President Obama coming back from his “break” so closely to the midterms makes me wonder, is it out of choice or necessity for the party. Or maybe he just likes the press relatively speaking–in relation to Trump, accordingly, they, the press, love and love him, Obama.
Those ideas stated, I believe there is more but it’s all speculative, it’s just of an opinion of mind. I believe that Obama is and was great for the Democrat party. He promoted ideas that may not have seen fruition but he may have given many Americans hope. In a time where the news media promotes a lack of hope he seems more than necessary. But is that hopelessness for the Democrat party in relation to the midterm election, or to the idea that America is exclusively progressive, or that the America people deserve better, or that our times are horrible and changing for the worse, or just the opposite? I guess it depends on how you look at the equation. Perhaps things are getting better now–the economy, the authority of the law and how those entities enforce it, politics are being recharged whether anyone likes it or not–and maybe becoming tough and becoming accountable and not just smoothing things over with words and politics and an appearance of perfection is the human way to move forward–or the constitutional, American way to move forward. Those are just general guesses and in no way of my precise ideation.
I’ll finish up with: I am not entirely sure about the outcome of the midterm elections, but it is telling, to me, that the Democrats pull their (forgive the pun) trump cards at this point in time. (But I don’t know the exact history of such a thing.) Maybe it is too soon for Obama. Maybe he should have come back a bit later, perhaps before the 2020 presidential election and rallied the troops, championed the party, behind the new face of the party. He could have brought back fond memories. However, not so. Now, Obama will be front and center in a media that truly either absolutely loves you, or absolutely-hates-your-fucking-guts. Which is very unfortunate because it’s easy to see the potential media bias and where those entities want the country to go. Accordingly, I believe the Democrat party should be more hopeful than certain, more concerned than confident; likewise, the Republican party shouldn’t bet on this concern as well, they should run it as if they were to lose, because everyone, even if they don’t admit it, loves an American underdog story. And by way of what the news media promotes, that story may come true in the 2018 midterms.