Skip to comments.Obama teamís 2020 signals spark chatter among Dems
Posted on 09/03/2017 4:20:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Democrats are expressing concern that advisers and aides to former President Obama have already begun signaling which candidate they might support for the White House in 2020.
Valerie Jarrett, one of Obamas closest confidantes, and David Simas, the CEO of Obamas foundation, have sent smoke signals urging former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to enter the race.
Simas, who once served as a top aide to Patrick, is an ardent supporter of the former governor, sources tell The Hill, while Jarrett has privately told friends that she would do what it takes to support him.
And Politico reported last month that Jarrett believes a President Patrick is what my heart desires.
At the same time, friends of Jarretts say that while she would love for Patrick to run, she is also open to other candidates.
Others in Obamaworld have quietly been buzzing about the excitement behind a potential Patrick run.
Axios's Mike Allen mentioned Patrick as a favorite in Obamaworld in his popular newsletter on Friday.
Other former aides close to Obama say they would support a run by former Vice President Joe Biden, if he decides to launch a bid in 2020.
Obama has not weighed in publicly on the next presidential race, and those around him have said he isnt looking to tip the scales and believes it is too early to back any one candidate.
But the reports of Jarretts and Simass interest in Patrick have left people wondering what the former president is thinking.
One top Obama fundraiser, however, said its clear the inner circle has a clear favorite in Patrick and that its no coincidence theyve put that storyline out there.
Its blatantly overt, the fundraiser said told The Hill.
The fundraiser speculated that one reason Obamas circle is putting out smoke about Patrick is to take away oxygen from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
A lot of people in our world see Deval as the one who will carry the Obama legacy. Kamala has labeled herself as the female Obama, but Deval was Obama before Obama was Obama, the fundraiser said.
Obamas office did not comment for this story. Jarrett declined to comment. Simas did not respond to a request for comment.
Democratic insiders are expressing worry about some of the talk, and they say its much too early to be pushing one particular candidate.
There is little appetite in the party to settle on a candidate early, said Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons.
Many Democrats and Republicans believe the 2020 race will be wide open and that a couple dozen Democrats could even run for the partys presidential nomination.
Its difficult to see either Patrick or Harris becoming a frontrunner in the race, particularly with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) signaling his continued interest. Sanders will attend two events on Monday in New Hampshire.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is another potential favorite and frontrunner should she choose to enter the race.
I want to see a wide-open a process where there are no front-runners, Democratic strategist Jim Manley said. The idea that anyone is out there pushing for one person or another is a mistake.
While the 2020 election is still more than three years away, potential candidates must already prepare for the possibility of a race.
The fight for key staff members and donors will not be delayed.
One former aide to Clinton said theres danger in Obama heavyweights being seen as aligning with a candidate, because it could deepen factions within the party.
The fight between the Sanders and Clinton wings from the 2016 primary has left scars, with supporters of both candidates blaming the other, at least to a degree, over President Trumps victory.
Still, some strategists say even if the Obama allies have their favorites, it wont matter much in the end.
Party insiders don't have a great track record of picking successful Democratic nominees, said Simmons. They didn't pick Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama.
The best idea is to wait and see who Dem voters feel some affection for and rally around that person to help them win, Simmons said.
Im not so sure itll matter at the end of the day, he said. Were looking at a long slog. 2020 is a long ways away.
RUN, Hillary, RUN!
“Closest confidante” = boss.
After the Boston bombing, then-Mass Democrat Gov Deval Patrick refused to divulge massive public assistance to the Chechnyan immigrant bomber/killers.
But state welfare officials were forced to come clean b/c the info is available to lawmakers. State Rep David Linsky called on the Mass Dept of Transitional Assistance to provide the info..... issuing an ultimatum, giving them 24 hours to provide the info.
The Boston Herald published the state's response: 'My office is working to fully comply with your request,' DTA interim commissioner Stacey Monahan wrote, saying they were only providing a summary 'given the great interest in this matter.'
Chechen immigrants--the bombers' parents----were eligible as legal, non-citizen residents who claimed "asylum" status and met the eligibility criteria for DTA, DTA interim commissioner Stacey Monahan said in a letter to David Linsky, Chairman of the Mass House Post Audit and Oversight Committee.
Multiple state agencies, on orders from Democrat Gov Patrick, refused to comment on the bomber brothers' welfare haul.
<><> WRT Tamerlan receiving UI benefits, Labor dept spokesman Kevin Franck refused to comment....
<><> Univ of Mass-- Dartmouth spokesman Robert Connolly refused to comment on the financial aid app of 19 -year-old soph Dzhokhar. 'It is our position - and I believe the accepted position in higher education - that student records including academic records and financial records (including financial aid) cannot under federal law be released without a students consent.'
<><> The FCC would not discuss whether the suspected bombers had govt-paid Obamaphones.
<><> Cambridge housing officials would not comment on if the brothers had Section 8 rental subsidy offered by the HUD to low income households.
<><> Chechen immigrants--the bombers' parents--were legal, non-citizen residents who claimed "asylum" status and met the eligibility criteria for endless SS checks.
<><> In sum, while planning the bombing, the Chechneyan immigrants received every conceivable tax-paid public benefit available out there.
Then-Gov Deval sap-happily applauds his state's
new police chief---wearing her spiffy Commandant
Herman Goerring uniform (not photoshopped).
Anybody know how to say versimilitude in German?
We haven’t had a black president yet. We’ve had an half-white and an half-black president. It looks like the demoncrats will try to shove another bi-racial marxist puke onto the American public. We’ve seen what they do, don’t want another anti-American president, thank you very much.
good. the only person barack obama was ever able to get elected was barack obama. for the entire rest of the democrat party, he was toxic.
He’d be formidable based on nothing more than his race. But formidable nonetheless.
kemela harris will run but not in 2020. if trump’s numbers are high they will run a throw way candidate. patrick and harris are the heirs apparent 2024. Whoever keynotes in 2020 will be the candidate 2024.
Patrick is a do-nothing, lying smooth talker. Has great credentials: Harvard U., Harvard Law School, Milton Academy, Bain Capital, Governor of Mass. I thought he behaved incompetently as Governor of Ma and was an image of Obonzo.
It’s going to be Obama camp’s Patrick vs. Clinton camp Terry McAuliffe and McAuliffe will go to the general and lose.
Lesson learned after Hillary is they need an attractive, well spoken black person to get the necessary 100%+ black bloc vote to have any chance of winning a nationwide election.
When asked if he had ever been the victim of racial hatred, Deval said he’d heen hit on the head with a coke can once...
an empty one, fer God’s sake..
Yah, he’s had to walk the walk, lol..
He was a student of the Rev Jesse Jackson....and there’s plenty of smoke/fire with his history of employment at Coke, Ameriquest and Texaco..
I’m looking forward to the bloody internecine war in the Rat party, the old privileged whitey faction vs the black “check your whitey privilege” faction.
Yeah! My thoughts exactly!
Just what America needs: another black racist POTUS!
I THINK NOT!
IN FACT, I THINK NEVER!
In a country of laws, we’d be finding this out from handwritten notes obtained from random cell searches for weapons and contraband.
"Obonzo" won two terms easily and could probably have won a third. The same voters who voted for him would also vote for Patrick.
So they plan to attract white middle class voters with another black socialist? One black president was enough to assuage white guilt for a generation or two. If Trump can trim the voter rolls to include only living citizens who are not felons the dems will not have a chance.
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