Are you ready for endless speculation about the former First Lady? A former Clinton pollster floated the idea of a Michelle Obama presidential bid, so expect a bunch of folks to give this ridiculous idea some serious consideration:
“This alternative plan requires a new, united opposition, led by a political leader with widespread popularity. The only person I can see accomplishing this would be none other than the party’s most popular political figure: Michelle Obama,” he added.
Given her popularity as first lady, with an average 65% approval rating, and almost universal popularity within the Democratic Party, it is not the first time Obama’s name has been banded about as a possible future presidential candidate.
Let’s run through a few problems with this scenario.
First and foremost, Michelle Obama is not remotely qualified to run for President, not that that seems to matter anymore. Her husband’s qualifications were light, and President Trump had no government experience and a pretty horrid business track record. They both won anyway. Still, for those of us who value effective governance, Michelle Obama has nothing to run on except her husband’s tenure and her proximity to it.
There is, after all, a reason that Hillary Clinton decided to run for U.S. Senate from New York before launching her own 2008 presidential campaign. A decent chunk of voters still like the idea of a President who has some experience in governing.
Second, Michelle Obama is a blank slate on policy whose views would almost automatically be assumed to be the same as her husband’s. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who led the disastrous charge for health care reform as First Lady, Obama’s contribution was a “healthy kids” program that led to mockery as school lunches became even more inedible.
Finally, the Obama legacy itself would be at risk with a run from the former First Lady. Bill Clinton’s somewhat popular presidency is now going to be always bracketed with his wife’s political failures. While I, as a conservative, view the Obama presidency as a failure, history will likely be more mixed. A failed run from Michelle Obama would further taint the legacy, and I don’t know if her husband’s ego could handle that.
Democrats are grasping for straws. While a washed up pollster might think Michelle Obama is their path forward, she’s not, and this entire thing is silly.