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Despite former first lady Michelle Obama’s repeat denials that she’ll one day run for office, former congressman turned Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz remains confident that she will be presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s VP pick.
He posited the theory while filling in for Fox News host Sean Hannity this Friday evening on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
During the broadcast, he asked his guests to speculate on who Biden will pick as VP. They guessed people such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
But when Chaffetz’s turn arrived, he had another idea.
(Source: Fox News)
“I think you’re all wrong. The real answer, I’ll tell you the real answer. I’m going to tell you the real answer, and I gotta tell you, I worry because I do think it will be Michelle Obama. That’s my guess. That’s my guess,” he said.
Anything’s certainly possible …
Keep in mind though that many people had similarly thought that Obama would suddenly swoop in out of nowhere during the heated primary elections and declare her candidacy for president. But that never happened.
Granted, they had fairly decent reasons for speculating on her entrance. As noted by Fox News host Tucker Carlson last November, Obama would have united the otherwise fractured Democrat Party like no other person can.
“The Democratic Party is ripping itself apart over race and gender and class. Michelle Obama, let’s be honest, is one of the only people who could unite the party’s warring factions,” he said.
Plus, he added, the former first lady’s latest book had just been released.
“Maybe it’s also a coincidence that Michelle Obama just released another book last week, one that of course will require her to get on the road and talk to crowds. Maybe she really isn’t interested in joining the race, but that would make her unusual among Democrats in this country,” he said.
Coincidence or conspiracy?
Listen via Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight“:
Fellow FNC host Dana Perino strongly disagreed with his speculation, to the point that she called the notion an outright “fantasy” during a discussion with him.
“Really quick, tell me why Michelle Obama getting in is a fantasy?” Carlson replied.
“Well, one she’s never going to do it,” Perino replied. “I think that is the case. Let’s say, if Michelle Obama decides to get in the race, I will donate a month’s salary to your favorite charity. How about that?”
Now that’s a bet!
“My favorite charity will be the ‘stop Michelle Obama from becoming president foundation,’” Carlson quipped in response.
Listen to the whole discussion below:
With the chances of Obama running for president now pretty much nullified — Biden is basically the nominee, though the Democrat National Convention is still a couple of weeks away — the question becomes whether maybe she’d run for vice president.
As it stands, there’s already a so-called committee to “Draft Michelle Obama for VP.” No joke:
“The aim of this campaign is to build on the substantial grassroots support for a potential Michelle Obama candidacy and help garner media attention for a vice-presidential nominee who has the power to beat Donald Trump,” the committee’s webpage reads.
“The Committee to Draft Michelle Obama firmly believes that Ms. Obama will not only benefit the Democratic ticket this November but also help lead this country to be more just and caring. However strongly we support Ms. Obama as Vice President Biden’s running mate, we will transfer our resolve to whoever joins the ticket to defeat the most dangerous incumbent in the history of our nation.”
Likewise, left-wing columnists have also adopted the idea.
“The Case for Michelle Obama,” a headline at Slate reads.
— Joe Pulizzi (@JoePulizzi) July 31, 2020
“It’s true that Biden currently leads Trump by an average of about 9 points. But there are four months to go until the election, more than enough time for Trump’s vincibility or the former vice president’s inherent vulnerabilities to start to manifest in the race in a way that could lead to defeat,” the piece states.
“Having the most popular possible candidate—Michelle Obama—on the ticket is one way to actually ensure the best possible odds of not losing to Donald Trump. As one Michigan state representative put it, ‘If he puts Michelle on the ticket, everybody turns out.'”
The polls seem to back this assertion.
On the flip side, some believe that if by chance Biden picks Harris as his VP, it’s over for him:
Not everybody appreciates all the speculation over Obama.
In a rant published in May, Michael Arceneaux of Essence magazine told speculators to “leave Mrs. Obama the hell alone.”
“Leave her be. Let her wear her boots. Let her continue to give us the fashions she could never give as First Lady. Let her present herself to the world as she sees fit. She’s earned it,” he wrote.
By that same token, perhaps President Donald Trump has earned the chance to win an election without an Obama interfering again.
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