Former President Barack Obama was getting ready to help Democrat candidates during the midterm elections, but several of them have said NO THANKS and dissed him! Obama has been rather low profile, but he reportedly was going to “hit the campaign trail” according to The Hill and help his fellow Democrats in their attempt to take back the house. Obama seems like he wanted to be the big man on campus and help his fellow comrades, but he got smacked with a hand full of “no thanks” and “not this time” as several Democrats resisted his presence. Sure, they might want to have him pay for lunch, but it looks like they want to attempt winning their elections on their own.
Usually when you’re running for smaller positions in government and a former president wants to back you up, that’s something you might say yes to. Candidates in elections need all the help they can get to make it to their final goal which is winning an election. It seems like some people are getting that opportunity with former President Obama, but they’re also ditching him and running the elections themselves.
I guess not everyone wants old Barry to speak for them. After all, he wrecked health care, so maybe a two-term former president who gave us Obamacare isn’t the best person to back someone up. His wife Michelle ruined school lunches too, but that’s another story for another day.
Not all Democrats want Obama’s help.
Democratic candidates running in states that President Trump won by double digits in 2016 would prefer that the former president stay far away.
Some Democrats in pro-Trump states, such as Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio), say they hope Obama will campaign for them.
Others, such as Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), want to keep the race locked on the battle between themselves and their state rivals, fearing a high-profile surrogate like Obama could distract from the strategy.
“We’re not going to use any surrogates. Surrogates are fine but we don’t need them. The race is myselfand Matt Rosendale and that’s the way we want to keep it,” Tester told The Hill, referring to his GOP challenger.
Asked if she thought Obama might show up in North Dakota, Heitkamp said: “Nope, no.”
“He threatened to campaign against me once so I don’t think he’s coming out there,” she said.
To be fair, that’s as much hilarious as it is admirable. For once I am actually impressed with Democrats. They are finally doing something without someone holding their hand. They are growing up a bit.
Although, there’s also something very disturbing about this. Regardless of what party they are, if the former president wants to help your campaign and win your election, then why would anyone say no to that? Obama won two terms in the White House, so it’s very shocking to see a Democrat push him away. If you or I were running for president one day and Trump offered to support us, then what would you say? I would say yes, please, and thank you. I would take every advantage and opportunity to win my election.
Is this childish stubbornness and Democrats thinking they are bigger than life? Or is this people wanting to finally be independent?
As much as I’m laughing at the fact that Democrats are ditching Obama, I’m also confused and wondering what they are thinking? Maybe Obama wasn’t that great after all and Democrats are finally learning this?
Hey, you don’t have to tell us twice! He wasn’t our president, right? OK, yes he was, but you didn’t see us protesting and complaining for eight years. We’re capable adults over here, right?
Maybe Barack Obama would be better off eating matching sandwiches with Joe Biden.
They can kick back and watch Trump make America great again!! Are we on the same page now?