Should Michelle Obama run for President? | The Tylt
Should Michelle Obama run for President?
The current set of 2020 candidates for the Democrats is leaving some voters, mainly the donor class, yearning for some other options. Despite having 19 candidates to choose from, donors are worried that the current set of nominees won't be up to the task of defeating President Donald Trump. Each candidate has some sort of perceived fatal flaw:
With doubts rising about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s ability to finance a multistate primary campaign, persistent questions about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s viability in the general election and skepticism that Mayor Pete Buttigieg, of South Bend, Ind., can broaden his appeal beyond white voters, Democratic leaders are engaging in a familiar rite: fretting about who is in the race and longing for a white knight to enter the contest at the last minute.
Michelle Obama is incredibly popular with the Democratic base and doesn't have the same kind of baggage as some of the current Democratic nominees. The upcoming election is an existential moment for Dems—having the right candidate go up against Trump is essential.
However, Michelle Obama went on the record saying she has no interest in running for office—she's more interested in finding the next generation of leaders and nurturing their talent. During a podcast interview with Conan O'Brien, she explained her thinking:
"Eight years is enough. It is enough. It's time for new ideas and people who've been in the Chipotle line, and people who are struggling in ways that, because of the nature of what we've done, we don't do that anymore. We need fresh, real, clear eyes in this stuff. That's why we're investing our time in training the next leaders."
At another level, there is no reason for anyone else to join at this point in the race. There are 19 candidates running with a broad spectrum of perspectives and policy prescriptions for voters to make their decision. Adding another centrist candidate wouldn't change anything significant.