Barack Obama is back.
The former President has returned to the political arena.
And he’s got a plan that could be the end of the GOP for good.
Obama and the Democrats are laser focused on the redistricting that will occur after the 2020 census.
Once every ten years, state legislatures take account of the population and redraw the congressional and state house district maps.
When the GOP swept to power in the 2010 midterms, an underreported victory was the takeover of state house chambers across the country.
That allowed Republicans to draw the legislative district maps.
Obama’s top political priority since leaving the White House is supporting the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
He will attend a fundraiser for the group as they gear up for the 2018 midterms.
The Washington Post reports:
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.
Obama’s appearance Thursday before a few dozen people at a closed-door event in the District on behalf of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) highlights the balance he is trying to strike as his party seeks to regain its footing at both the state and national levels. Obama does not want to cast “a long shadow,” in the words of Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, but he remains a central figure for a party that has yet to settle on a single strategy to combat President Trump.
Perez said in an interview Sunday that while some Democrats have urged Obama recently, “You’ve got to get out front on issue X or issue Y,” the former president wants instead to “build the bench” for the party. Democrats suffered a greater loss of power during Obama’s tenure than under any other two-term president since World War II.
“Because tomorrow’s president is today’s state senator. And he knows that very personally,” said Perez, referring to Obama’s experience as a state senator in Illinois. “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.”
But Obama’s interest in the group goes beyond building a bench of candidates.
If the Democrats can win back control of state houses and governor’s mansions in 2018, they will be primed to redraw the legislative maps after 2020.
That would allow them to put the hammer to the GOP.
Democrats would be able to redraw the maps to lock the Republicans out of power for at least ten years.
While Obama governed with a pen and a phone after the Democrats lost Congress in the 2010 and 2014 midterms, Republicans at the state level were able to block his agenda.
GOP state houses and governors refused the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
Republicans at the state level rolled back forced union dues laws and passed Constitutional Carry.
Democrats – including Obama – recognize this threat and they want to stamp it out.
That’s why the redistricting fight is Obama’s top priority.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.