Barack Obama is back with a new initiative to take down Trump and the GOP. It won’t work, the Democrats, mainly under Obama, saw colossal loses at the state level.
And while Obama, the guy who stood by and watched the epic losses roll in, should try to correct the damage he did to the Democratic Party, this reeks of desperation.
Especially after the Supreme Court’s critical decision on the subject of gerrymandering.
“Training is at the heart of organizing. It’s why I’ve always made it a priority — from my 2008 campaign until now,” Obama tweeted Monday announcing his new program.
“And it’s why I’m proud to announce @allontheline’s in-person training initiative, Redistricting U.”
It is fitting Obama is going back where he started – community organizer – but he has a new reality to face that will hamper his efforts.
From Fox News:
According to “All on the Line’s” website, “Redistricting U” will be “sending dedicated trainers to cities across the country to train volunteers, give them the tools to impact the redistricting process in their state, hear from them on how to best make change in their communities, and empower them to be leaders in the movement for fair maps.”
The organization is focused on impacting the redrawing of congressional districts, which will take place in 2021 following the collection of data in the 2020 census. They warn against “rigged electoral maps drawn with surgical precision by politicians to preserve their party’s political power and silence the will of the people.”
Partisan gerrymandering was a hot topic in the spring, when the Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the issue, determining in a ruling in two cases that the judiciary should not get involved because it is a political issue best left to lawmakers.
One of the Supreme Court cases, Benisek v. Lamone, involved North Carolina, where Republicans had benefited from gerrymandering. “All on the Line” identified North Carolina as one of 10 “priority states,” along with Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Not on that list is Maryland, where Democrats had been accused of unfairly drawing district maps at the expense of Republicans in the Supreme Court’s other partisan gerrymandering case, Rucho v. Common Cause.
Training is at the heart of organizing. It’s why I’ve always made it a priority – from my 2008 campaign until now. And it’s why I’m proud to announce @allontheline’s in-person training initiative, Redistricting U. Join us: https://t.co/yrWJ50wSdE pic.twitter.com/HiKvGd2XyE
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 26, 2019