On January 13, 2013 I wrote a column titled “One Smart Fellow.” I’m going to revisit that article and make what I see as an extension of the Obama administration’s plans for the future.
“One Smart Fellow”
There has been a fair amount of press about the “liberal agenda” the President professed during his inaugural address. I’m not certain this is the most important news out of the White House. I believe it is considerably more important that he has instructed the democrat party to continue the field operations that his party and their opponents saw as so effective in getting the President re-elected. The President is designating these ground forces to “sell” his social agenda on a continuing basis. What I believe is that this is a brilliant strategy for the 2014 congressional elections and even more important to the 2016 Presidential election’s. These field operations offer the President the opportunity to turn over to a 2016 democrat Presidential candidate of his choice a ready made machine to win the next Presidential election. Maybe Hillary was thinking about the 2016 election when she had that “love in” interview with the President on “60 Minutes.” The only question will be; is it legal to fund and where will the funds come from for this ground team to support social issues on the short term and the 2016 Presidential election on the long term.
Yesterday a committee dedicated to getting Hillary Clinton elected President of the United States in 2016 hired Obama’s election team to help in the launch of the “Hillary for President” campaign. This is a very clear advantage to Hillary although the Obama team has faired less well in getting support for gun control, ACA and other Obama programs. We will see whether there are legal objections to Obama funds developed via this field operation being used for another candidate.