There is a black woman who has reached the rank of royalty in the democratic party, who has the seemingly genuine esteem and love of much of the country, and who has yet to offer up her endorsement of a primary candidate. Her endorsement may well end up shaping the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Her name is Michelle Obama.
We bring it up because the far-left progressive candidates in the top-tier — namely, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris — have taken to the trope of advancing their true-blue progressive credentials by dissing the Obama-era as a failure when viewed through the lens of the progressive movement as it is taking shape in this election.
This trope may be more politically dangerous than these candidates are appreciating at present.
Michelle Obama is likely not going to take too well to her husband’s legacy receiving such casual dismissal. After all, the guy worked hard and did the job to the best of his ability, and according to the philosophy to which we would imagine he and his family subscribe, and in good faith. And Michelle likely doesn’t think the historical record on the Obama years now being written with the 2020 primary debates should be colored in a sense of stunted failure.
Regardless of where you stand on this issue, if you’re, say, Kamala Harris, at this point, you need that Michelle Obama endorsement. The same goes for Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren.
But all three of them have, at times, attempted to garner support from the pool of far-left progressive likely primary voters by distancing themselves from Mr. Obama’s policies as being too moderate.
This piece is our prediction: That strategy will likely push the all-important Michelle Obama public endorsement further and further into the camp of Joe Biden.
With Mr. Biden already up 2-to-1 against his next closest competitor (Mr. Sanders) in the primary polls, can the far-left candidates afford to trash the Obama’s any further?