They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but when it comes to Barack Obama, we’re still going to need some more time. Give us till at least summer, Barry. We’re…we’re just not quite there yet.
Regardless, Obama’s former attorney general, the infamous Eric Holder, says we should expect to see 44 back in the middle of things before too long. Tuesday, Holder said that he’s been talking to his old buddy about helping out with his organization, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
“It’s coming. He’s coming,” Holder said. “And he’s ready to roll.”
Holder said that Obama “will be a more visible part of the effort” to redraw state election maps.
That effort is one that Democrats see as crucial when it comes to improving their election results in Republican-dominated states. They claim that these legislatures have gerrymandered the maps to give Republicans an unfair and illegal advantage. The NDRC group is raising money to spend on winning state elections, waging lawsuits against states with suspect districting, and pushing ballot initiatives that call for “nonpartisan district-drawing commissions.”
Holder didn’t say whether Obama’s involvement in the group would correlate with the end of his silence regarding President Trump, but we can assume that honeymoon is coming to an end sooner than later. Perhaps Obama’s just waiting for something he can plug in his first big TV interview. Something like…a new book.
He’s apparently inked the deal, and some news reports say that he and Michelle were given a $60 million advance in an unusual package contract.
“With their words and their leadership, they changed the world, and every day, with the books we publish at Penguin Random House, we strive to do the same,” said the Random House CEO. “Now, we are very much looking forward to working together with President and Mrs. Obama to make each of their books global publishing events of unprecedented scope and significance.”
But if we were to make a wager, we’d bet good money that Obama will not keep his silence for as long as it will take him to write that book. No, that book’s probably more than a year away and there’s no way he can stay out of the spotlight for that long. In fact, it’s a miracle that we haven’t already heard from him, discounting that vague statement he released through a spokesman a few weeks ago. He must be chomping at the bit.
“Ready to roll,” as Holder said.
Oh, we’re only too sure.