It’s no secret that former President Barack Obama was pretty fond of himself, and a new book written by journalist Edward Isaac Dovere provides further evidence that Obama was primarily interested in himself while he let the Democratic Party hang out to dry.
According to Fox News, Dovere held nothing back in his book, Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaign to Defeat Trump, regarding how Obama used the Democratic Party much like a parasite uses a host, which in Obama’s case was his goal to secure successful reelection in 2012.
Obama didn’t care
According to Dovere, some of Obama’s former aides described Obama’s approach to the Democratic Party as “benign neglect,” suggesting that once the 44th president secured his first term in the White House, he essentially dropped the party out of his sights, instead focusing on his own governance.
In stark contrast to former President Donald Trump, who used — and continues to use — his powerful political influence to help worthy conservative candidates at all levels get elected to office, Obama definitely wasn’t interested in that.
“The numbers are hard to ignore: during his eight years in office, Obama oversaw a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, 63 House seats, 11 senators, and 13 governors,” Dovere wrote.
A large portion of that bloodbath of lost blue seats came during the Tea Party movement in 2010 when Republicans managed to overwhelmingly take back control of the House and narrowed the Democrats’ majority in the Senate.
Unlike what Trump would have likely done, Obama seemingly wasn’t interested in using his considerable influence at the time to stem the political bleeding, which was particularly noticed within the upper echelon of leaders in the Democratic Party.
A “host” for his reelection
Dovere wrote that some of those who defend Obama’s lack of action claim it was because he didn’t want to “taint” his presidency by getting too involved with fundraising and everything else that goes along with backing party candidates.
“Obama never built a Democratic bench and never cared to, aside from a few scattered candidates who interested him,” the author wrote, adding that Obama simply used the Democratic Party during his first term as a “host” to secure victory in his 2012 reelection campaign.
“In his second term, he cared about what happened to the husk as much as any parasite does,” Dovere added, suggesting that Obama had zero interest in making moves to bolster the party by that point.
The author went on to reveal that Obama was apparently so sure of himself that he believed he could have won the 2016 election if he could have run for a third term in office, according to accounts from people close to the former president.
“The economy, the Democratic debris, Russia — if he could have run for a third term, even confronted with all these issues, he believes, he would have figured out how to pull a victory off anyway,” Dovere wrote.