Will Michelle Obama jump into the 2020 race for president?
It depends on whether or not she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, think her election is an absolute certainty.
That’s according to talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, who said Wednesday he believes the Obamas are currently surveying the political landscape for a potential run for the White House by the former first lady.
“They will not pull the trigger and get in if they don’t think it is a lock that she would win,” Limbaugh said. “The last thing the Obamas can afford is for Michelle (My Belle) to get in there and not win.”
“One thing to keep in mind that if Michelle (My Belle) does pull the trigger, whatever she pulls to get in there, the money would immediately shift to her because everybody on that side would think that [Barack] Obama and [former Obama senior adviser] Valerie Jarrett are gonna be back in running things and she’s gonna be a figurehead stand-in. That’s what they want anyway.”
“There are days I think it’s automatic that she’s going to and other days, I can’t explain why, that I don’t. I think that they’re gonna be happy becoming hundred million dollar net worth plus people and living the life which is what leftists actually want to do,” Limbaugh explained. “It’s too soon to say.”
“I am convinced that The One (Barack Obama) wants back in. I think The One is sitting there seething over the dismantling of his agenda and the Trump verbal assault on it every day. But he can’t run again.”
Limbaugh said part of what the Obama’s have to consider is Michelle Obama’s good perception among much of the American voting public.
“They’ve got the Michelle book out there. It sold very well,” he noted. “That will tell them that she is immensely popular. If they are thinking about it, there is no way that they’re gonna get in this soon.”
“Would Michelle want to sacrifice this high approval? These people care what people think of them.”
Limbaugh recalled that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had toyed with the idea of running for president when his approval number was in the high seventies.
“And he wouldn’t even identify whether he was a Republican or Democrat because he knew once he did that, that approval number would plummet. And he loved, as a denizen of the swamp, the high approval number.”
This isn’t the first time Limbaugh has pondered the possibility of a 2020 run by Michelle Obama.
In February, he said: “I think [Barack] Obama wants back in. He can’t go back in. So how does Obama get back in? Very easy: Michelle (My Belle) Obama. I think what they’re doing is putting together her campaign. They’re strategizing how to limit the field, how to do damage to all those people in the field, and the right time for her to enter the field.”
“I don’t think they got anywhere near the taste of power that they want. And I think Trump’s presidency, Trump winning, has discombobulated these people in ways that we haven’t even factored yet. And I think Michelle may be the candidate, and she may end up thinking she’s gonna actually be president, but it’s old Barack who wants back in there – and I think that’s what’s happening here.”
On Wednesday, Limbaugh speculated the Obamas are still waiting because of the large number of Democrats grappling for the party’s nomination in this election cycle.
“They’re gonna let these people eat each other up and spit each other out, beat each other up because this is gonna happen. You can’t avoid this,” Limbaugh said.
“They’re gonna have to tear down their opponents, and that is gonna cause damage. It always does. This is one of the disadvantages the out-of-power party has as an incumbent president seeking reelection. They cannot avoid beating themselves up. And in this case they all hate Trump so much, and they think everybody hates Trump so much that they think this is the year they can all win it.”
“They’re delusional in this regard and many others,” he concluded. “They’re gonna be doing lasting damage in terms of presidential electability.”
Follow Joe on Twitter @JoeKovacsNews