According to an article published yesterday by Page Six found via the Drudge Report, Michelle Obama is being urged “by her husband’s true believers to move to California when she leaves the White House and to pursue the US Senate seat expected to be vacated by Dianne Feinstein in 2018.” There has been some speculation in the past that the First Lady might enter the political arena, with some even suggesting the possibility that she may run for president in 2016.
The Page Six article, written by Richard Johnson, says that in an article to be published today by Richard Turley on Orbmagazine.com, Feinstein has “strongly suggested this will be her last term.” Sen. Feinstein, 81, is currently the oldest member of the Senate.
There has been much speculation over the last several months about where the Obamas will call home once they leave the White House. Hawaii and California have been among the most mentioned places. According to the Page Six article, “Los Angeles is the leading contender.”
From the article: “Barack could golf year-round, and Michelle could emerge from his shadow after 20 years and retake control of her own life,” a person familiar with their thinking told Orb. Remember, Michelle is a Harvard-educated lawyer whose career was more robust than Barack’s was when they met.”
The article goes on to say L.A. would be “the most appealing destination for the Obamas for several reasons. Hawaii is too remote, Illinois is a cesspool of political corruption, and New York is too dense with Clintons and Clinton acolytes.” It is commonly known there is no love lost between the Obamas and the Clintons, despite the friendly face they put on their relationship publicly.
Johnson says in the article that a Democratic party fund-raiser told him, “No one will complain about carpet-bagging because Hillary Clinton raised millions of dollars in California when she ran for the Senate in New York.” Johnson goes on to write, “The Obamas have many friends in Los Angeles, dating back to Barack’s student days at Occidental College, when he first left Hawaii.”
Johnson concludes the article by writing, “As one cynic noted, ‘It’s a shoo-in. A ham sandwich could get elected on the Democratic line in California.’”
It’s hard to argue with that logic. A Senate Run by Michelle in ultra-liberal California would almost be a guaranteed win. Although, with Barack Obama’s popularity and approval rating falling of late, it might not be a stretch to imagine that his actions over the final two years of his term in the White House could damage Michelle’s chances of a successful political career in the future.