Holder says Obama ready for a political comeback
In the midst of the Democratic Party’s downward spiral following President Donald Trump’s upset victory over Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, Holder divulged that Obama had discussed with him that he was considering various ways he could help his party make a comeback with a comeback of his own.
Ready to roll
According to Holder, Obama spoke with him about strategizing how he can help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) gain control across the nation for the Democrats.
“He’s ready to roll,” Holder insisted to reporters at a briefing, according to Politico.
Last year, Obama asked his former attorney general if he would like to be the chairman of the NDRC.
With Trump in office, Obama is now looking to concentrate and intensify efforts to undermine any and all gains the president and Republicans have made.
“Obama and other top Democrats are focusing efforts on state-level races and ending the reconfiguring of voting districts through the politically laded process known as gerrymandering – a combined effort to end ‘Trump-ism’ and help their party regain control of Congress and legislatures across the country,” Fox News reported.
As part of this concerted attack, it is reported by Politico that the Obama-led group is looking to focus numerous resources into efforts to gain victories in specific state elections to wage legal battles to existing maps and to drive a number of ballot initiatives for nonpartisan district-drawing commissions.
Gaining more control in the House of Representatives and various state legislators are the desired results of Obama’s post-presidential team.
“Obama indicated before leaving the White House last fall that his short-term, post-presidency focus will be on General Assembly races and redistricting after the 2020 Census,” the Fox News report explained.
From blue to red to blue again?
The effort is being orchestrated to turn areas of the country that turned red for Trump during the November election back to blue.
“Voting districts are redrawn after a federal Census to reflect the changes in population and other demographic,” Fox News’ Joseph Weber informed. “Much of the redistricting across the country is done by the political party that controls the state legislature.”
One legal expert predicts that new efforts are being made to swing the political sway of states in a new direction.
“Marc Elias, a top election lawyer advising the group, said they expect states to file new lawsuits to change the districting maps and are guiding states on where they could see legal victories,” Weber noted.
With Attorney General Jeff Sessions now running the U.S. Justice Department, Holder is worried that the fight to reclaim areas for Democrats will be more of a challenge.
Holder also indicated that the recent ruling to throw out a challenge to Texas voter laws was “disheartening” for the Democratic Party and other progressives across the nation who want their brand of government in control.
“This is really a battle for our democracy,” Holder insisted. “The notion that people are denied their ability to cast a meaningful vote … is inconsistent with who we say we are – inconsistent with what we say our democracy is about.”