RALEIGH – Former President Barack H. Obama is no stranger to meddling in elections. Despite all the hullabaloo about Russian interference in the 2016 elections, one of Obama’s lesser known actions while in office was his concerted effort to interfere and sink the reelection chances of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because he didn’t like the Israeli leader’s unapologetic defense of the Middle East’s lone Democracy.
Now Obama is meddling a little closer to home, and with less Deep State henchmen to help him. The man who brought you the debacle that is the Affordable Care Act has endorsed six candidates for the North Carolina General Assembly, undoubtedly because he detests the Republican domination of the last eight years here in the Old North State.
According to AP:
“The six endorsements are among 81 that Obama announced Wednesday, covering 13 states and up and down the ballot.
Obama and national Democrats are paying attention to races for the North Carolina General Assembly, which Republicans have controlled since 2011. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper isn’t on the November ballot but is also raising support for legislative candidates to attempt to break GOP veto-proof majorities and support his agenda.
Obama endorsed state Senate candidate Wiley Nickel of Cary and House candidates Terence Everitt of Wake Forest, Julie von Haefen and Sydney Batch of Apex, Rachel Hunt of Charlotte and Ron Wesson of Windsor.”
Who knows if this endorsement is a help or hindrance to these candidates. The Democrats undoubtedly think such a weighty endorsement would help elevate these candidates’ profiles and add some momentum toward election day, and we can understand that reasoning.
Some of these Democrats are challenging lawmakers that are part of the Republican leadership, which is not always so popular with conservative grassroots voters, as well as some other lower profile, but otherwise solid, incumbent members.
Taking this into account, an endorsement from the man that promised to, and in many ways did, ‘fundamentally transform the United States of America’ to better match his Big Government, socialist vision, may actually inject enthusiasm into the Republicans in those districts. You may not like Rep. Nelson Dollar (R-Wake) as a lawmaker – and you’d be on to something there – but does that mean you’d let Obama’s candidate replace them?
We’ll have to wait until election day to see what kind of influence the endorsement actually has in helping to build a thus far non-existent blue wave in November.