Oh no. Please spare us. The lecturing, the sanctimony, the moralizing. And of course, the worship – from the press, from his fans, from all the people who say they miss the times when the White House had a president everyone could respect.
You know, the times that saw the lowest GDP growth rate of any post-war president – even amidst expanded government spending and crazy low interest rates – falling and stagnant incomes, and the whole world set afire while the president gutted the military, and set North Korea and Iran on paths toward nuclear weapons status.
Those times. The good ‘ole days.
With the midterms approaching, people close to him say he’ll shift into higher gear: campaigning, focusing his endorsements on down-ballot candidates, and headlining fundraisers. He’ll activate his 15,000-member campaign alumni association for causes and candidates he supports — including the 40 who are running for office themselves. He’s already strategizing behind the scenes with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez and Eric Holder, who’s chairing his redistricting effort.
The most likely stops will be where races for governor, or perhaps Senate, overlap with competitive races for the House and state legislature. Obama won’t endorse in primaries, but once he does weigh in, will be open to a range of ways to help, from rallies like the one he did for Ralph Northam in the Virginia governor’s race to the robocall he recorded for Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race.