The following is from the Aug. 16, 2017, edition of The Townhall. SMU political science Prof. Cal Jilson provided expertise for this story.
August 18, 2017
By Matt Vespa
Well, we all knew he was going to come back, though in what capacity—that remained unknown. Barack Obama said that he’s coming out of the bunker to help his party ahead of the 2018 midterms. In July, it was reported that he was going to try and help rebuild the Democratic Party, which was decimated under his tenure. Reportedly, his foray back into the fray will be on the fundraising circuit, specifically helping Democrats, like Ralph Northam, who is running for governor in Virginia. Now, the former president’s aides say that he’s going to walk a “delicate dance,” helping his party raise money and work behind the scenes. He’s also aware of his profile on the national stage and how, unlike Clinton, he doesn’t want to be used as “foil” for the GOP . . :
“He would be the target against which Trump would direct his fury,” said Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University. “From Trump’s perspective nothing better could happen.”
Jillson said that a light Obama footprint on the national stage could allow breathing room for future Democratic leaders to emerge.
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