May 23, 2020

IGNORE JOE, RUN BARRY:

Barack Obama poised to add his star appeal to Joe Biden's campaign (Daniel Strauss, 23 May 2020, The Guardian)

Former president Barack Obama has dipped his toes into the 2020 presidential campaign recently and is positioned to do more in the coming months as Joe Biden's effort to defeat Donald Trump gathers steam.

Interviews with about a dozen Democratic strategists, party officials and people close to Obama want the popular former president utilizing his powerful online presence and focusing on rallying key Democrat constituencies that are critical to a Biden victory.

Obama is regarded as one of the most popular politicians in American politics and a huge asset within the Democratic party. He left the White House with a near-60% approval rating. His endorsement for any candidate is the political campaign equivalent of an oilman and hitting a gusher.

Obama would be most effective, interviewees said, in highlighting his former vice-president's résumé, rallying key Democratic voting groups like African American women, and pushing voters to register.

Not only do you exploit the competence divide between the two presidencies, but you provoke the Right's racism, which is what is driving Republicans out of the party.
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