Nearly a month ago Plunderbund reported on President Barack Obama not waiting until the convention in Philadelphia to declare his support for Hillary Clinton.
“Whether you’ve been by her side since the beginning or you’re new to her team, I hope you’ll add your name today and say you’re ready to make history with us this November,” President Barack Obama said. “I know how hard the job of president can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She’s got the courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done.”
The president’s announcement of “I’m with her,” referring to Mrs. Clinton as the presumptive Democratic nominee, was the signpost warning to Republicans they’re entering the 2016 election year twilight zone, where like the classic TV series called the Twilight Zone, strange things happen in “another dimension of not only sight and sound but of mind.”
The AP reported that Obama’s campaign, twice undefeated in 2008 and 2012, is sharing its treasure trove of national voter and donor information with Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Meanwhile, more Obama trained field staffers and volunteers are enlisting with Team Hillary.
That’s one dire signpost Republicans were hoping to avoid because it’s beat them two times before with candidates like war hero John McCain and businessman Mitt Romney, candidates moat Republicans could stand by because their campaigns were rooted in traditional issues of income tax relief, increased defense spending, cuts to benefit program, fewer regulations and balanced budgets.
Having President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Obama administration officials active this soon on the campaign trail adds another daunting dimension to the last few months before election day. Instead of sequestering themselves to the sidelines, as they did in 2010 and 2014 allowing the GOP to excel in state level elections that sent members to congress, Democratic elected officials appear ready help make 2016 a good year for all Democratic candidates. Things will get strange in a bad way for Republicans and their down-ticket candidates as the foe-to-friend campaign President Obama and Hillary Clinton are about to engage in forges an even stronger metal Republicans have little chance of splitting given the prospect of Donald Trump as their presidential nominee.
Clinton’s chances of winning the White House hinge on rallying Obama’s coalition to her cause. Obama’s legacy depends on her success. Eight years after they spent millions tearing each other down in pursuit of the White House, they will now spend countless words and four months selling each other to the public.
Reported by the AP, the foe-to-friend story will be the centerpiece of their joint appearance Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their first joint event was scheduled for mid June in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but that was cancelled in the aftermath of the mass killing in Orlando.
In North Carolina, a state the president won narrowly in 2012 then narrowly lost four years later to Mitt Romney, AP reporters Julie Pace and Kathleen Hennessey wrote the president will “act as a character witness for his former secretary of state, who is struggling to convince voters of her trustworthiness and honesty.” President Obama’s metamorphosis from Clinton skeptic to Clinton fan is a story worth telling as it will resonate with with his coalition and the dissatisfied millennials who flocked to vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders. An updated map of states by election expert Larry Sabato of “Crystal Ball” fame indicates North Carolina now leans Democratic, showing why the former rivals are doing their e-harmony show there.
Donald Trump and Republicans are relying on Hillary Clinton’s unfavorable ratings to remain high to take her down. Lindsay Walters, a Republican National Committee spokeswoman, said Clinton’s poll numbers are proof that she’s been unable to match President Obama’s appeal to millennials and black voters. She told the AP Republicans are prepared to rival Clinton’s campaign with a data-intensive operation of their own, but that’s wishful optimism that couldn’t beat Obama twice before even with candidates whose names Republicans weren’t afraid to say out loud.
While Ms. Walters hopes the Obama coalition stays out of it, it’s now clear a fully coordinated Democratic push is underway that will soon include Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose mission of conversion from independent to Democrat will be to Pied Piper his “Bernie or bust” supporters to bust out away from their myopic and often selfish mindset and get on-board with Hillary Clinton.
Elizabeth Warren did so in spectacular fashion last week in Cincinnati, Mrs Clinton’s third stop in Ohio in as many weeks. Long talked about as a possible ticketmate for the former Secretary of State, Elizabeth Warren cooed like a love bird for Hillary and screeched like an angry eagle as her verbal talons sunk into the orange hide of the New York billionaire and businessman folk hero, Donald Trump.
President Obama, to the great chagrin of the GOP and Mr. Trump, is resurgent with rising approval ratings. The latest Washington Post/ABC poll has Mr. Obama with a national approval rating at 56 percent. The president’s approval rating has been as low as 37 percent in 2011 to as high as 76 percent when his term started. He is now above his approval average of 47 percent. A rising rating can lift many boats including the U.S.S.Clinton.
The twilight zone for Republicans becomes darker with the forecast by election guru and sports statistician Nate Silver that Hillary Clinton has a 79 percent chance to win in the fall compared to just 20 percent for Donald Trump. For the record, most people should listen to Mr. Silver because he called 49 of the 50 states in the 2008 presidential election, and all 50 states in the 2012 presidential election. For some history, the failed 1988 presidential bid by Democrat Michael Dukakis is a tale of caution for Nate Silver but Dukakis didn’t have Obama’s resources or campaign expertise, otherwise he would have won instead of George H.W. Bush.
“We’re at halftime of the election right now,” Mr. Silver told ABC News. “She’s [Hillary Clinton] taking a 7-point, maybe a 10-point lead into halftime. There’s a lot of football left to be played. She’s ahead in almost every poll, every swing state, every national poll. Trump has never been ahead of Clinton in the general election campaign. He did a great job of appealing to the 40 percent of the GOP he had to win the election, the primary — a lot different than winning 51 percent of 100 percent.” A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll has Mrs. Clinton down from previous leads over Mr. Trump but she’s still up by five 5 points.
President Obama will roll out his first personal appearance with Hillary Clinton next Tuesday in North Carolina, a state the president won in 2012 that could be won again this year as a key leg in the Obama coalition, minority voters, turn out for Democrats and their nominee.
Republicans can imagine their soon-to-be candidate, Donald Trump, turning out all the old, angry white men left to vote for him. Democrats can imagine the Obama coalition meshing forces with the busters from the Sanders’ campaign to form a voting coalition, that despite GOP gerrymandered districts in many states, that will return Trump to his luxury Manhattan tower and return the Senate to Democratic control again as it downsizes the GOP conference in the House of Representatives.
The final zone of twilight for Republicans could come as soon as 2018, when combined Democratic forces turnout to vote again to increase their margin in the Senate, where Republicans are defending seven Senate seats in states that Obama won twice, and retake control of the House.
“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone!”