Following in the steps of the Clintons in which wife Hillary became a senator after husband Bill occupied the Oval Office, there is much talk about the Obamas following in their footsteps. Rather than President Obama’s wife – Michelle Obama –becoming a New York senator, the current first lady is said to be considering a run for the United States Senate via California, according to multiple reports including CS Monitor on Monday.
While the notion has been voiced before, the logic behind the voice seems to be more pronounced now than before. Previously, the mild speculation seemed to be too far off and too Clintonesque to be taken seriously. But that was then, and this is now. Beyond the “well, Hillary Clinton did it” logic, there are analyzed circumstances that tend to give the rumor of Mrs. Obama’s political ambition credence.
First, it was noted that the Obamas were reportedly looking at some residential properties to purchase for their after-White House life. Not surprising, the locations included New York and California. Both are lands of the liberals where Obama-politics are welcome. When news came that there seemed to be more concentration in looking at a future residence in California, the logic was apparent. First and foremost, it is doubtful that the Obamas would move back to Chicago where crime is rampant and Chicago – as well as Illinois – politics are much less than desirable. The Washington Post did a piece three months ago asserting that the Obamas were very interested in building a $4.2 million residence in the Mirage Rancho area in California.
With the national world as Michelle Obama’s stage, it is obvious that she can do better than going back to Chicago and entering that cesspool of politics. It’s also apparent that her liberalism and popularity in California would fly better than it would in New York. After all, the Clintons have basically staked their claim in New York by their adoring political fans there. Also of extreme speculation, if it is true – as reported – that Barack and Michelle Obama are having marital problems and divorce court could be in their future, where better than the land of the liberals for such a scenario to be openly accepted. The scenario sounds incredibly “Hollywood.”
Beyond the house-hunting and the logic of Mrs. Obama heading to the land of liberal Hollywood elites where she would likely have no problem whatsoever in getting strong financial backing for a political run, the current status of California’s senators lends to the idea that Michelle Obama could be next. As it stands, the next senatorial election will be in four years – 2018. Politico said on Sunday that California Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she has no idea what she has in mind for 2018. Though Feinstein says she hasn’t decided yet, many are saying the writing is clearly on the wall. Let’s get real on the prospects of her running again.
Less than a year ago, the Daily Beast did a piece on Feinstein in which she suggested that she may be at the end of her political run. At the time, she was saying that she wanted to get things done in her time left in political life. So basically, she’s already let word out that she has been thinking of hanging it up. Also of note, she is 81 years old. By the time she could be elected again, she would be 85. With six-year terms, she would be in office until she’s 91. Again, let’s get real. And what all this has to do with Michelle Obama’s run for the senate is obvious. This gives the current first lady plenty of time to gain residency in California after she leaves Washington, D.C. in 2016. Also, she would be a liberal Democrat darling – a shoe-in – for replacing Feinstein. It is then that Michelle Obama could follow in Hillary Clinton’s footsteps and have political power after her husband becomes a former president.
According to Western Journalism, Feinstein was confronted with the notion that Mrs. Obama may be after her senate seat in 2018. Feinstein said that – if she were to retire – she would be flattered at Mrs. Obama’s political aspiration to grab her political position. So, though extremely premature, Michelle already has a strong political endorsement.
Is all of this logical? Yes, it’s more than logical. The only indefinite question seems to be whether Mrs. Obama will have the amount of popularity Hillary Clinton has amassed to possibly run for president some day. Of the many things on Mrs. Obama’s side is age. She’s basically a babe-in-arms when it comes to political speak. She’s only 50 years old.