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Michelle Obama for Senate in 2016: Is It Even a Rumor?
Roll Call's Rothenblog ^ | June 13, 2014 | Nathan L. Gonzales

Posted on 06/13/2014 10:46:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The Michelle Obama for Senate in 2016 stories are classic examples of an out-of-control media narrative that is based on little hard evidence.

But it may also end up being a lesson on why it’s best not to dismiss rampant speculation.

The rumor that the first lady could run for the Senate in Illinois next cycle appears to have started with a blog item by Keith Koffler at Reuters. And even though it doesn’t appear to be based on any sources, the story spread like a Justin Bieber mugshot across the Internet.

“Speculation Builds on Michelle Obama Senate Run” is the headline of a subsequent NBCChicago story that doesn’t appear to cite any real sources either. The “build” is apparently referring to the flurry of stories talking about the Koffler’s column.

Finally, a Breitbart story begins with, “Tongues are wagging in Chicago that First Lady Michelle Obama is warming up for a run…” But alas, the owners of the tongues are never mentioned.

So, can we put the “Michelle for Senate” hypothetical to bed for good?

I’m not ready to do that yet.

It’s not because there is current discussion about it. The Democratic operatives who are focused on winning Senate races are focused on doing just that in 2014. And the relationship and communication between the White House and House and Senate Democratic operatives has never been amazing.

“The White House certainly didn’t give a [damn] the last time the Illinois seat was vacant,” a Democratic strategist bluntly said about 2010, when President Barack Obama’s former seat, (the one Michelle might run for), fell into Republican hands in the first place.

But, this winter, the attention will quickly turn to 2016. Illinois will be a key state in attempts made by Democrats to regain or expand their majority, depending on the outcome of this year’s elections. As good as the Senate map is for Republicans this year, the 2016 map is just as bad, or even worse, for the GOP. Sen. Mark S. Kirk of Illinois could be one of seven Republican senators running for re-election in a presidential year in states that President Obama won twice.

The bottom line is that if Democratic strategists believe the first lady is the best candidate to defeat Kirk, they will likely make a push to get her to run.

It may sound ridiculous, considering she would have to run during the last two years of her husband’s administration. But it wouldn’t be unprecedented. That is exactly what Hillary Clinton did as Bill Clinton was finishing his eight years in the White House. And unlike Hillary, Michelle was born and raised in Chicago and wouldn’t have to deal with the carpetbagging charges.

The first lady is very popular, even more popular than her husband. She has the advantage of taking stances on non-controversial issues, such as fighting obesity, rather than wrestling with the concept of exchanging prisoners with a foreign enemy. But she’s probably not the only Democrat who could defeat Kirk in 2016.

But at least one of the other potential candidates mentioned, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., demonstrated the ability to lose a high-profile race to a quality Republican candidate when she lost a race for the House in 2006 to now-Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill. Democrats might look for as close to a sure thing as possible.

There is the minor issue that the first lady has shown no interest in being a candidate before. But it’s hard to believe that Barack Obama chose to challenge an incumbent Member of Congress in 2000, decided to start running for a 2004 Senate seat in 2002, and ran for President of the United States without Michelle’s blessing and support. The Obamas are a political family.

And it wouldn’t be the first time that a candidate denied wanting to run all the way up to the point when they started running.


TOPICS: US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2016; democrats; michelleobama; senate

1 posted on 06/13/2014 10:46:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pick any black or just very heavy Democrat area and you bet they would install wife of turd as well. What else could they do wrong in the family, right?


2 posted on 06/13/2014 10:52:09 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She probably would be a shoo-in if she ran. We have so “jumped the shark!”


3 posted on 06/13/2014 10:52:54 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was certain she’d carpetbag and boob belt her way into a house in Nueva Yorke instead.
There’s a vacant location in chappaqua.


4 posted on 06/13/2014 10:57:13 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

“Boob belt her way into a house in Nueva York”

I read fashion blogs and they are still praising her for that awful teats display.


5 posted on 06/13/2014 10:58:49 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If she’s planning on running for the Senate, why buy a house in North Carolina?


6 posted on 06/13/2014 11:00:19 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: lulu16

Whatever moron thought that. Would look great should be tied in a sack with the morons who decided to praise it as “avante garde” and brilliant, then slowly dipped into pure hydrogen peroxide feet first.
While being forced to listen to a crossmash of pitch bent Justin bieber and Mikey Cyrus.
(Tunes played at same time, pitch bent, max distortion.)


7 posted on 06/13/2014 11:03:37 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

maybe wishful thinking by leftist and/or trying to push her to think about it and run. Basically lying.


8 posted on 06/13/2014 11:08:14 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Jonty30

Link? I also heard they’re buying a mansion in Hawaii.


9 posted on 06/13/2014 11:18:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hawaii would certainly seem friendlier territory.

http://www.catholic.org/news/national/story.php?id=55746


10 posted on 06/13/2014 11:30:59 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Darksheare

You would puke if you saw how much they fawn over her in the fashion industry. Please people, I just want to look at new shoes, not hear about how Lady Obama is such a fashion plate and model modern woman. It’s relentless visual cacophony worse than you described.


11 posted on 06/13/2014 11:37:04 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: Jonty30
Hawaii would certainly seem friendlier territory.

Asheville has been referred to as San Francisco East.

12 posted on 06/13/2014 11:45:30 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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13 posted on 06/13/2014 11:57:53 PM PDT by Fear The People (When the government fears the people, you have LIBERTY.)
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To: okie01

Ah. I was not aware of the finer aspects of Carolina politics.


14 posted on 06/14/2014 12:01:00 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t know about Moochelle but I’d take bets that Chelsea will run for senator. Congressperson is way too low on the ladder for the second smartest woman in the world. I believe she’ll move to another New England state to run. Schumer and Kirstin ain’t goin’ nowhere.


16 posted on 06/14/2014 12:35:45 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t see her having the motivation for this.

This is just a headline


17 posted on 06/14/2014 2:22:10 AM PDT by stanne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Senate would be outside her comfort zone. Why would she put up with having to debate Cruz and Lee?
Obama, Hilary, Biden, Chuck Hagel and anyone similar would never go back and put up with actual debate.

What I’d really like to see is Congressman Joe Walsh win the GOP primary and pull no punches on Michelle because she is black and a woman. He would be the perfect candidate to debate her. He’d probably lose but it would be entertaining.
Kirk has always been too much of a wimp.


18 posted on 06/14/2014 2:22:54 AM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: stanne

“I don’t see her having the motivation for this.”

Neither of them do any work. Other people plan, fetch and carry. All they do is stand in front of a teleprompter and read. The rest of the time Barak plays golf and Michelle reclines while somebody fans her and another lackey peels grapes to drop into her mouth.


19 posted on 06/14/2014 3:42:25 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We can now see clearly the elitist political class line of succession to the throne. No experience but to be related to, married to, or it's my turn now. These are the qualifications and the idiots who idolize the idiots rejoice "WE NEED A BLACK PRESIDENT" WE NEED A WOMEN PRESIDENT" WE NEED A BLACK WOMEN PRESIDENT"
20 posted on 06/14/2014 3:43:55 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Illinois in a presidential election year? They could literally run any Democrat and beat Kirk.


21 posted on 06/14/2014 3:54:02 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She doesn’t WANT to be in Washington. That is obvious.

She isn’t Hitlery.


22 posted on 06/14/2014 5:24:53 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

IFMichelle (Michael) Obama was elected, at all, to ANY
bloody office, we would be doing nothing, but trading
a known queer ( barry soetero barack hussein obama)
for the transgender Michael (Michelle) Obama.

Both ineffectual.


23 posted on 06/14/2014 6:15:22 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It could happen because the country has no shortage of stupid people BO was elected twice is proof of it.


24 posted on 06/14/2014 6:55:57 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz

“It could happen because the country has no shortage of stupid people BO was elected twice is proof of it.”

America didn’t produce a next generation of “Americans”; that is why Obama was re-elected.


25 posted on 06/14/2014 8:33:15 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

Not so sure


26 posted on 06/15/2014 4:55:19 AM PDT by Vaduz
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