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On Saturday, September 8, 2018 — the day after he received an award and made a fallacy-filled speech in Illinois — Obama went on to campaign for Democrat candidates in California.

Dems say ‘no’

However, not every Democrat candidate wants him to stump for them. On September 2, The Hill reported:

Not all Democrats want Obama’s help.

Democratic candidates running in states that President Trump won by double digits in 2016 would prefer that the former president stay far away.

Some Democrats in pro-Trump states, such as Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio), say they hope Obama will campaign for them. 

Others, such as Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), want to keep the race locked on the battle between themselves and their state rivals, fearing a high-profile surrogate like Obama could distract from the strategy …

While the former president remains extremely popular with the Democratic base, especially among African-American voters, Democrats fear his entrance into some battleground states could inadvertently rev up conservatives and pro-Trump voters.

Invitation only

In true Democrat style, Obama spoke to a select audience of 750 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The event was by invitation only.

Contrast this with President Trump’s rallies, which are open to thousands of people at a time who apply for a ticket online.

On September 6, The Times of San Diego featured a number of tweets from interested Dems:

The accompanying article said that tickets were few and far between. The national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee managed the distribution.

Although the convention centre can hold over 10,000 people, the Dems used ‘security concerns’ as an excuse for a small audience.

If anyone should be concerned about security, it’s Donald Trump.

Anyway, the Dems explained themselves as follows (emphases mine, except for the link):

Despite media reports that local congressional campaigns would control precious tickets, a representative of 49th District candidate Mike Levin — seeking the Rep. Darrell Issa-vacated seat — said his office didn’t have tix.

“The event is being hosted by the national party. So local groups/campaigns are unlikely to have much info” on tickets, said the spokesman. “You’ll have to reach out to the DCCC directly.”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee didn’t immediately respond to a request for details.

On Friday, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Orange County noted the “text-to-win opportunity” but added: “This event was produced by the DCCC and the Obama team with very little public notice because of security concerns. The Democratic Party of Orange County was not part of the planning team.”

Caryn Puma, the spokeswoman, said Saturday’s rally otherwise has no publicly available seats.

“There will be no tickets given at the door,” she said. “Each of the seven ‘hot’ congressional campaigns got an allotment of tickets for their volunteers, and a slim handful were given to the four [Southern California] county parties.”

We know that Dems prefer small, select audiences. Obama was not in the habit of appearing at rallies with everyday voters. Hillary Clinton struggled to get students to attend her tiny meet-ups in 2016.

This is how a tiny number of Obama fans, no matter how select, looks to a Trump supporter:

Obama does not care about ordinary Democrats.

Obama’s speech

Think Progress reported on the Obama event:

Former President Obama made his first campaign stop of the midterm elections in Orange County, California Saturday to stump for seven Democratic House candidates running in districts currently held by Republicans but that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

About 750 people attended the event at Anaheim Convention Center, where Obama delivered a short speech centered on unity and the “politics of hope.” And, after a story about getting kicked out of Disneyland when he was caught smoking in the Magic Kingdom after a concert as a teenager, Obama issued an impassioned critique of Trump and the state of American democracy and encouraged the crowd to back the candidates he came to support.

How edifying:

Two never-Trump Republican defectors also spoke, which must have added an extra frisson to the proceedings:

Ahead of Obama’s remarks, two Republicans took the podium, Katherine Amoukhteh and Duraid Antone, to say they are supporting Democrats in the midterms.

“There is no shame in being a Republican, but there is shame in letting this political climate continue,” Amoukhteh said.

A few minutes later, Antone, a veteran who said he was a registered Republican when he voted for Obama, spoke about his support for Rouda, who’s running against longtime conservative lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

In these historically Republican-leaning districts, some Democrats hope they can convince Republicans to abandon their party this fall. In his speech Saturday, Obama said he wants to win over independent voters and even some Republicans — especially those who don’t recognize their own party anymore.

Obama spoke of Trump’s ‘authoritarian’ administration. If anyone had an authoritarian administration, it was Obama, as evidenced in yesterday’s post.

Reactions

The Conservative Treehouse pointed out:

One thing stands as abundantly clear, the former president is afraid – very afraid.

Former President Obama is acting like a man who knows there is a strong likelihood a win for President Trump in the mid-terms means all of the corruption discovered during Obama’s administration will surface.   When campaigning today Obama says: “things can get worse“, he’s right.  Things likely will get much, much worse…. FOR HIM.

If President Trump can keep control or gain seats within the House of Representatives; and simultaneously build on the republican majority within the senate; there’s a horizon filled with consequences for President Obama, democrat politicians, and former administration officials who weaponized government to retain power.

Everything is being controlled, scripted and planned. On the surface it might seem like President Obama is violating every polite political custom in an effort to win seats in the mid-term election; however, below the surface the real motive is to save himself.

Former Utah congressman and Republican Jason Chaffetz said:

Here’s Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) throwing Obama’s own words back at him:

ALWAYS REMEMBER ‘THE MAGIC WAND’

In 2016, Obama decried Trump for his campaign pledges on the economy.

Obama said ‘some of those jobs are not coming back’ and that Trump would have to have a ‘magic wand’ to improve GDP. Watch and listen to the first minute of this video:

I’m highlighting that specifically because doubters — ‘When did he say that? Citation needed’ — needled Trump about it. See the first comment on this tweet:

Conclusion

This Dixon Diaz/Peanuts illustration best describes Obama’s 2018 campaigning:

Enough said … except for a plea to every sensible American to vote Republican a) in remaining primaries (where applicable) and b) in November.

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