As Democrats barrel towards super Tuesday more divided than ever, there remains significant speculation that the Democrat party will not be able to coalesce behind any of the current candidates.
Former Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid believes that Barack and Michelle Obama could play a major role in the presidential race by helping to avoid a brokered convention.
Reid said on Wednesday that if necessary, “we’re going to have to see if we can broker a deal. Maybe we could even get Barack Obama to do it. The two most popular people in the country, and perhaps the world, are Barack and Michelle Obama.”
Former first lady Michelle Obama has been floated as a potential true moderate candidate before, but has repeatedly brushed off the speculation. Reid didn’t go into detail about exactly what the Obamas could do to remedy the looming possibility of a brokered convention.
The late entry of former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg has thrown the Democrat presidential race into chaos. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), though technically the frontrunner, is facing enormous resistance from the Democrat establishment.
Former mayor Pete Buttigieg is rising in the polls — some would say he also qualifies as a frontrunner — but he also has been attacked from all sides for being an inept corporate puppet.
In one of the most crowded Democrat primaries in recent history, Democrats have been unable to unite behind one candidate thus far. The Washington Times reports, “in most recent national polls, no candidate even garners a quarter of the vote, meaning that at this late point there still is no clear favorite.”
Although Reid doesn’t appear to be overly concerned with the possibility of a brokered convention, former New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Chris Spirou took a less optimistic view last week, saying that “I think Bloomberg entering into this thing provides a much greater possibility of a brokered convention.”
Fox host Tucker Carlson speculated in November that Michelle Obama could be the answer to the Democrat party’s electability issues, remarking that “The Democratic Party is ripping itself apart over race and gender and class. Michelle Obama, let’s be honest, is one of the only people who could unite the party’s warring factions.”