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Friday, January 19, 2018

If President Donald Trump and the Republican Party were already worried about defending their majorities in the House and Senate come November, they will now have another major factor to contend with: Barack Obama. The former president enjoyed a busy year since leaving the White House but has largely stayed under the radar. Now Obama is reportedly planning to return to the political stage in 2018, setting the stage for a prominent role in the lead up to the crucial midterm elections. Close associates to the 44th president predict a politically active year, including campaign stops and other displays of public support. Obama will "continue to be politically active in 2018, with more endorsements and more campaigning," his spokeswoman Katie Hill told The Chicago Tribune.

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While Trump has recorded record low approval ratings for a president at the end of his first year, Obama has only become more popular in retirement with a favorability rating of over 60 percent. Near the end of 2017, Obama even polled with a higher approval rating than Trump in the ruby-red state of Alabama.

So Obama's appearance on the campaign trail should scare Trump and Republican candidates across the board. In a September poll, 52 percent of respondents to a poll said they wished that Obama were still in office. An active role by the former president in the 2018 elections is likely to further fire up an already energized Democratic base.

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I hope Biden comes back too. Democrats need all the help we can get to make the blue wave huge.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 10:37 AM | Reply

God help us. No one expected that smuggie to act like Jimmy Carter and build houses for the poor. His ego is too enormous for that, and manual labor takes away time on Branson's yacht shmoozing with the beautiful people.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-01-18 10:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When campaigning for anyone other than himself, Obama has not performed well on the campaign trail. That's not to say he can't ever deliver results, he just hasn't done so thus far.

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-18 10:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We didn't mean to treat you bad
Didn't know just what we had
But Barack now we do
And don't it make some red states
Don't it make some red states
Don't it make some red states blue

(with apologies to Crystal Gayle and thanks to Donnerboy who gave the idea for this yesterday)

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 10:57 AM | Reply

I'd like to see Obama, Biden and Sanders barnstorm for Democratic candidates in WI, MI, PA, OH and FL. NC and GA too.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 11:05 AM | Reply

"No one expected that smuggie to act like Jimmy Carter and build houses for the poor. His ego is too enormous for that, and manual labor takes away time on Branson's yacht shmoozing with the beautiful people."

Not to worry. Obama won't be the first post-president with a big ego, who eschews manual labor and likes schmoozing with beautiful people on yachts. The only question is when Trump will get to return to the lifestyle he loves and has grown so accustomed to over the decadent decades.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 11:10 AM | Reply

#2

Nulli is the Green Lantern Theory of the President personified....

"According to Brendan Nyhan, the Dartmouth political scientist who coined the term, the Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency is "the belief that the president can achieve any political or policy objective if only he tries hard enough or uses the right tactics."

In other words, the American president is functionally all-powerful, and whenever he can't get something done, it's because he's not trying hard enough, or not trying smart enough."

www.vox.com

And do you know who's fault it is for buh-lieving such nonsense in the first place? Nulli's?

Oh no, it's Obama's Fault, rofl!

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-18 12:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I hope Biden comes back too.

#1 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

I want to see Biden on a presidential ticket. A Biden/Oprah ticket would get about 75% of the vote.

#8 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-01-18 01:02 PM | Reply

When campaigning for anyone other than himself, Obama has not performed well on the campaign trail. That's not to say he can't ever deliver results, he just hasn't done so thus far.

#3 | Posted by JeffJ

There is a non-disputable fact. During his term as pres the dems lost over 1,000 seats nation wide.

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-18 04:46 PM | Reply

"There is a non-disputable fact. During his term as pres the dems lost over 1,000 seats nation wide."

Some of that was the result of the effects of gerrymandering, which enabled Republicans to gain more state house and senate seats, e.g., even when many more people in the state voted for Democrats. The big lie of the last decade is that voters turned away from Democrats in large numbers. No, the GOP gamed the system and awarded themselves more seats despite Democrats often having had more voter support.

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 05:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"A Biden/Oprah ticket would get about 75% of the vote."

Oh, fer crissakes...the last thing we need in another crackpot entertainer for president.

#11 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-01-18 06:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Would The O get grilled on her height to weight ratio?

#12 | Posted by homerj at 2018-01-18 06:59 PM | Reply

Wow, Angrydad just said something that deserved a NW. Well done.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-18 07:21 PM | Reply

"I want to see Biden on a presidential ticket."

You are not alone:

Poll: Biden holds double-digit lead over field of 2020 Dem presidential contenders

According to the latest data from Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, provided exclusively to The Hill, Biden has 27 percent among Democrats.

The next closest candidate is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), at 16 percent, followed by 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, each at 13 percent.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is the only other candidate to pull double-digit support, at 10 percent. Rounding out the field are Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), with 4 percent support each. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) gets 2 percent support and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) is at 1 percent.

thehill.com

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 11:56 PM | Reply

#14

That'll change after November 2018. I still believe Newsome has a legit shot if he can pull off CA governor.

#15 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-19 01:24 AM | Reply

Would The O get grilled on her height to weight ratio?
#12 | POSTED BY HOMERJ

Damn well better believe it!

#16 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-19 01:27 AM | Reply

Would The O get grilled on her height to weight ratio?
#12 | POSTED BY HOMERJ

I suppose that depends if she blatantly lies about it.

#17 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-01-19 08:07 AM | Reply

Some of that was the result of the effects of gerrymandering, which enabled Republicans to gain more state house and senate seats,

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

The dems have never done that.......................? I am talking about local and state elections sweet. You know, right there in your little village.

#18 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-19 12:13 PM | Reply

Would The O get grilled on her height to weight ratio?

#12 | Posted by homerj

Hell no...........

#19 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-19 12:13 PM | Reply

Would The O get grilled on her height to weight ratio?
#12 | Posted by homerj
Hell no...........
#19 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Because what's to grill?

#20 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-19 12:17 PM | Reply

Some of that was the result of the effects of gerrymandering, which enabled Republicans to gain more state house and senate seats,
#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday
The dems have never done that.......................? I am talking about local and state elections sweet. You know, right there in your little village.
#18 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Sure they have. But not to the same scale.

It's like lying. Everyone tells a lie or two. You do it often. And Trump does it with every other sentence.

#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-19 12:18 PM | Reply

Oprah has a bigger pair than Trump and might even allow herself to be publicly weighed and measured and not give a care.

#22 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-19 05:07 PM | Reply

Oprah has a bigger pair than Trump

#22 | Posted by Tor

No doubt her ----- are larger. If you want to argue, pick something that we don't agree on.

#23 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-20 12:43 PM | Reply

No doubt her ----- are larger.

Are you sure?

#24 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-20 12:46 PM | Reply

Watch tone-deaf Hillary get out there to campaign for candidates. Maybe she can bring along DWS too....

#25 | Posted by dibblda at 2018-01-21 02:07 AM | Reply

ANGRYDAD

"Oh, fer crissakes...the last thing we need in another crackpot entertainer for president."

First of all I don't know why you call Oprah a "crackpot" when she has such a sterling reputation coast to coast and abroad.

But I do agree that the West Wing should not be her first foray into politics. She would no doubt be a vote getter but it would be for all the wrong reasons. I think she'd skin the hides off any Republican candidate but, again, theater and politics are starkly different worlds when the band stops playing and everybody goes home.

#26 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-21 05:09 AM | Reply

The person who gets elected President's primary job is getting elected and then appointing the right people to actually run the government. If Oprah wants to run and deal with all the headaches that come with the territory I will support her because I feel quite certain that she will seek the advice of experienced politicians, like Barrack and Michelle Obama, and appoint qualified people to her Cabinet and other positions. I don't see her starting wars or slashing taxes on rich folks, I do see her expanding healthcare for the working classes and protecting us from corporations.

#27 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-21 08:06 AM | Reply

There is a non-disputable fact. During his term as pres the dems lost over 1,000 seats nation wide.

#9 | POSTED BY SNIPER AT 2018-01-18 04:46 PM | REPLY: PPPPFFFFTTTTT!

So?..... seriously Snippy.... so what?.... they didn't get rid of Obama... and they didn't change any policy they spent six years in office making fools of themselves. The ACA still exists .... not only does it exists it is liked... Whoopie you 'took away the mandate"... and now you are going to have to raise taxes to fund it and cover everyone regardless.... its only a matter of time.

lemme see nowwwww what do the clowns do to fix things? Oh yeah... they elected another bufoon.... like they did in 00... and 1980... 1972.... some and then you leave Democrats to pull out all the stitches of your failed policies. The results from the republiclown list of victories are embarrassing.

The biggest problem with republiclowns is.... they are a huge waste of the nation's economic resources... not to mention time.

#28 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-01-21 08:55 AM | Reply

DANNI

There's not a doubt in my mind that Oprah would be 1000 times better than what we have. I just think her enormous talent should be used in areas where she's not encased in the isolation bubble of the presidency. She's much too free spirited for that.

#29 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-21 09:15 AM | Reply

"There is a non-disputable fact. During his term as pres the dems lost over 1,000 seats nation wide."

Yes, it is true, the Republicans gerrymandered and suppressed enough votes to win many seats in state legislatures so that they could prevent their constituents from benefiting from Obamacare. Their constituents are not healthier, wealthier or happier because of the Republican cheating in state elections.

#30 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-21 09:47 AM | Reply

There is a non-disputable fact. During his term as pres the dems lost over 1,000 seats nation wide.

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-18 04:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

You forget one key reason. They ran from Obama's policies instead of supporting his policies. THAT is why so many lost under his tenure.

#31 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-21 09:57 AM | Reply

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