Barack Obama's new involvement in Democrats’ affairs comes as a boost for the midterms. Obama has set his sights on getting more people to vote, particularly the young. His speech in Illinois, the first in which he named Donald Trump, highlighted the latter's autocratic behaviors and their downsides for America, reports Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker. With a refined analysis of Trump’s America, and the divisive forces that currently plague the country, Obama made a strong case against the current president’s politics. Obama is channeling the same hope that brought him into the White House and could help Democrats come midterms.
The speech Barack Obama gave in Illinois parroted many Democratic anti-Trump talking points and revealed that he has few fresh insights to give, believes Julie Kelly of American Greatness. Far from having learned during his past two years of mostly silence, Obama has refused to acknowledge his own mistakes and points the finger clearly at Republicans. But Americans are on to him after eight years of much talk and little action. Obama oversaw his party losing over 1,000 seats to the GOP and set the stage for Trump’s rise himself. Using race and fear to discredit the current president won’t win Democrats any new votes in the midterms.