Obama may have won the presidency in two elections, but when you look at the bigger picture, he was the worst thing that ever happened to the Democratic Party. On his watch, they lost the House and the Senate. They also lost control of many state governments.
Yet he’s still adored by the left. Democrats want to use his star power to raise money and rebuild the Democratic Party but they have to be careful.
The Hill reports:
Obama to re-emerge in ‘delicate dance’ with Dems
Former President Barack Obama will re-emerge on the national scene this fall, though Democrats expect him to do so with caution.
One aide describes the beginning of a “delicate dance” that aims to put Obama in the Democratic fray but prevents him from remaining the face of the party.
Aides will huddle with Obama in the coming weeks to plot out what shape the former president’s fall schedule will take. Advisers close to him say that while he will play an active role in helping his party rebuild, much of his work will be behind the scenes…
The Hill reported in July that he met with DNC Chairman Tom Perez as well as lawmakers at his office to give his guidance on a number of issues.
But advisers to the former president acknowledge he also doesn’t want to be “a foil” — as one top ally put it — for President Trump and the Republican leadership…
“He would be the target against which Trump would direct his fury,” said Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University. “From Trump’s perspective nothing better could happen.”
The other problem Obama presents for Democrats is that the longer he is the center of attention, the harder it will be for new leaders to emerge in the party.
They won’t be able to keep him away, however. He loves the spotlight too much.