Citizen Obama Strides Into Midterms, Thrashes Trump

“There’s a very real possibility we will win a race for Senate in Florida and lose a race in Texas for Senate, O.K.?” Mr. Mulvaney said. “I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s a possibility. How likable is a candidate? That still counts.” [New York Times]

RALLY ROUND Citizen Obama.

From Axios:

Today is exactly 60 days till midterms. Yesterday’s personal, venomous face-off between President Obama (who went after his successor by name in Illinois) and President Trump (who attacked Bob Woodward and threatened the New York Times aboard Air Force One) said it all about the coming fall.

The state of play: Republican lawmakers would love to talk about the growing economy. House Democrats have a high-minded closing argument, “For the People.”

Good luck breaking through with either of those. Instead, this is your fall foretold: Obama, launching an aggressive schedule of fall campaign travel (continuing in Orange County, Calif., today and Cleveland on Thursday)…

The old man who lives in the White House said Citizen Obama’s speech put him to sleep.

By the time the midterms are over, Trump won’t know what hit him.

Citizen Obama railed against the current occupant and the politics he represents. He also took credit for the economy, which was long overdue. The 2016 election results an incentive to talk straight. He responded to Democratic pleas to enter the election fight.

Game on.

“Let’s just remember when this recovery started,” Obama said. “Suddenly Republicans are saying, ‘It’s a miracle!’ I have to remind them that those job numbers are the same as they were in 2015, 2016.”

Pushing back on that sensitive point was the only moment when Trump brought out a pre-written document. He produced four sheets of paper listing his accomplishments, running through them one-by-one in front of the crowd to argue that he’d been the one who salvaged the economy.

“Sometimes the backlash comes from people who are genuinely, if wrongly, fearful of change. More often it’s manufactured by the powerful and the privileged who want to keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical because that helps them maintain the status quo and keep their power and keep their privilege,” Obama said at one point. “It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause.”