All the media and leftist opposition to the Donald Trump administration hasn’t translated to any electoral victories.
Democrats have lost every single special election in the Trump-era, and even managed to lose another governorship without an election, as West Virginia’s Jim Justice switched from “D” to “R.”
And who are Democrats turning to for guidance? Barack Obama — the man who presided over the decimation of the Democrat Party in the form of a net loss of 1,042 state and federal Democratic posts, including congressional and state legislative seats, governorships and the presidency. As the National Review‘s Deroy Murdock noted, in terms of boosting his party’s state-level strength, Obama is the worst president since World War II. The best? Ronald Reagan.
The Democrat establishment apparently didn’t get the memo however. The Daily Caller reports:
Democratic strategists are hopeful that former President Barack Obama could lead the party ahead of the 2018 midterm elections next year, but some senators argue he needs to stand back and allow new leadership to take charge, according to a Monday report.
“Democrats badly need Barack Obama,” Democratic strategist Brad Bannon told The Hill. “He offers such a vivid contrast to Trump in behavior and temperament … He always sounded reasonable and acted responsibly even if you disagreed with him. None of the potential Democratic presidential candidates have the visibility or credibility to be effective.”
Obama has already made several unprecedented attacks on President Donald Trump, waiting only two weeks into the new administration to attack Trump’s executive order that severely limited immigration from nations identified as potential sources of terror.
A helping hand from Barack Obama would hardly be the first bailout he granted – but not all Dems see him as a positive.
Some Democratic politicians fear that, if he were to return to the national stage, the former president would overshadow those in the party currently vying for leadership status.
“Right now, we’re still trying to figure out who the next leaders of the party are. Until that’s more clear, Obama can’t be as prominent,” California Sen. Kamala Harris told The Hill.
Harris is one of the leaders vying for a larger voice in the creation of the party. Sens. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer also top the list, and Sen. Bernie Sanders still seeks a larger influence on determining the official platform of the Democratic Party.
Plenty of potential leaders move outside of the Senate as well. Former Vice President Joe Biden is considered a favorite to run in 2020, and Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia are also in range of becoming potential Trump challengers.
There’s a cliche that the definition of insanity is “trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result,” and given the losses sustained by Democrats under Barack Obama, the Democrat establishment would really will have to be insane to rely on him again.