Democrats are turning away Barack Obama for this embarrassing reason
Barack Obama has tried to keep a low profile since he left the White House.
He has only crawled out of hiding to take an occasional potshot at President Trump.
But the midterms are around the corner and these Democrats are avoiding him like the plague.
Traditionally past presidents have used their star power to raise money and rally voters for their party during election years like 2018.
But Barack Obama’s phone isn’t ringing.
Democrats in Montana, North Dakota, Missouri and elsewhere are afraid to host Obama on the campaign trail because President Trump won their states in the 2016 election by a great margin.
Even associating with Obama would be damaging to their campaigns.
The Hill reports:
Democratic candidates running in states that President Trump won by double digits in 2016 would prefer that the former president stay far away.
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.
“We’re not going to use any surrogates. Surrogates are fine but we don’t need them. The race is myself and Matt Rosendale and that’s the way we want to keep it,” Tester told The Hill, referring to his GOP challenger.
Asked if she thought Obama might show up in North Dakota, Heitkamp said: “Nope, no.”
Trotting out Obama on the campaign trail would lead to sure defeat for Sens. Tester and Heitkamp.
Obama’s regulatory policies crushed the energy boom in their states.
These races will come down to the wire and will likely decide control of the Senate.