It is no secret to any of us that since President Donald Trump’s shocking win, the Democratic Party has been in a state of shock and confusion. Actually, it is more like they have been in shambles. Whether or not Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was cheated out of her presidency is up for debate. However, what is not up for debate is the fact the Democratic Party needs a unified plan, and they need it soon.
Therefore, former President Barack Obama is stepping back into the ring in an attempt to save the Democratic Party.
The Washington Post reported:
‘Former president Barack Obama will formally reenter the political fray this week less than six months after leaving office, headlining a fundraiser for a group that could prove critical to the Democratic Party’s rebuilding efforts.’
Help us Obi-Wan Obama. You are our only hope at this point.
The fundraiser, which will be conducted July 13, is closed to the public, and he will speak in front of a small crowd. According to the Washington Post, he will appear as a representative of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC).
The NDRC was formed to look at and attempt to change district lines in battleground states that were shown to give Republicans an advantage over Democrats. The act, gerrymandering, has been used throughout American history to isolate minorities voting power and remove their influence from politics.
In several court cases ranging from state level all the way up to the Supreme Court of the U.S., judges have found that Republicans have used gerrymandering after the U.S. 2010 census to benefit their party in several elections throughout the U.S including North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, and Texas.
Obama’s appearance comes at a critical time for the Democratic Party as the number of Democratic legislators have waned. Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee Chairman, commented on why his appearance is a much needed boost for the Democratic Party:
‘Because tomorrow’s president is today’s state senator. And he knows that very personally. When you lose 900 state legislative seats, those are people who could have been the next governors and senators and Cabinet positions, and that is something that he’s very committed to.’
After a disappointing loss in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District with Karen Handel winning HHS Secretary Tom Price’s much coveted seat in the House, it became clear that Democratic leaders needed to change the Democratic Party’s strategy.
Despite Clinton outspending President Donald Trump, she lost the presidential election to the dismay of party leaders. Furthermore, despite Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff outraising and outspending his Republican counterpart, he lost the hotly contested seat in Georgia’s 6th District. It was a win liberals needed badly to bolster their confidence. The special election in Georgia served only as a Republican ego boost and a wake-up call for Democrats.
Obama said in January that he would only jump back into the ring when he felt American values were at stake.
‘There’s a difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake.’
NDRC Executive Director Kelly Ward stated Obama’s appearance could push donors to contribute to state-level elections.
Other appearances include former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Obama spokesperson Kevin Lewis commented that Obama’s appearance is an effort “to address unfair gerrymandering practices that leave too many American voters feeling voiceless in the electoral process.”
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