A Leaderless Party Looks Backward

The good news for Democrats is that over the next four years two of the country’s most popular people may be waiting in the wings to speak out against Donald Trump. The bad news is that the pair in question is Barack and Michelle Obama. Though their party may look upon them as possessing the unique stature and personal approval ratings to challenge the new president, the Obamas would prefer to get out of the spotlight after eight years of living in the national goldfish bowl on Pennsylvania Avenue. They also understand the perils of expending their political capital in fighting unequal battles against the man who will possess the power they’re about to give up. But the speculation about what role the first couple will play in the effort to take on Trump illustrates not only their dilemma but also the Democrats’ plight as a leaderless party with no national standard-bearers except for the Obamas.

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A Leaderless Party Looks Backward

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