Former First Lady Michelle Obama is the biggest wild card in American politics.
Obama could change the 2020 election overnight if she decided to run for President.
Michelle Obama released one video that revealed this major hint about her future plans.
Over the last three years Michelle Obama continually denied any interest in running for President.
Few in Washington believe her.
Many pundits suspect her only objection to running for President is offering herself up as a candidate for the slog of navigating the primary process.
Political insiders speculate that if the Democrat Presidential nominating contest goes to a contested convention Michelle Obama would emerge as the consensus candidate.
The fact that Barack Obama refused to endorse anyone in the race only fueled this speculation.
And so did a video that the former First Lady released on her Instagram page.
It seemed innocent at first.
Michelle Obama announced a partnership with Reach Higher to help millennials deal with the stress of college by sharing video stories from first year students describing how they adapted to university life.
“By sharing their stories, they’re helping others see that the ups and downs of the first year of college are something everyone goes through — and they’re creating a supportive community for others facing similar challenges,” Obama declared.
This didn’t sound like it was any kind of launching pad for a national campaign for office.
But upon closer inspection, Obama’s production partner of the project gave the game away.
ATTN would produce the video series for Obama.
Obama praised their involvement in the project.
“We’re teaming up with ATTN: to share the stories and experiences of four first-year college students from across the country. Each of them has overcome tremendous odds to get where they are. And throughout the year, they’ll tell us what that first year of college is really like,” Obama exclaimed.
One only needs to look back to 2018 to see why a partnership with ATTN could herald a Presidential bid.
Before the 2018 midterm election, ATTN partnered with former Vice President Joe Biden on a “Here’s the Deal” web series.
That series provided Biden exposure to young voters he would need to win over once Biden entered the Presidential race, which Biden made official the following April.
Is Michelle Obama following the same path?
Skeptics of her denials of any interest in running for President believe she is keeping her options open.
In the past year Michelle Obama launched a voter registration initiative, a nationwide book tour and now a collection of web videos to market her ability to address the issues they care about the most.
That smells an awful lot like a politician that wants to stay in the national conversation and at the forefront of voters’ minds without actually launching a campaign.
This way, if the primaries produce a decisive nominee Michelle Obama can smoothly transition to campaigning for the party standard bearer without it looking like she lost out on the big prize.
But if the primaries do not produce a candidate that can clinch the nomination on the first ballot, then Obama can ride into the convention as the party savior without appearing as if she sandbagged the other candidates.
Conservative Revival will keep you up to date on any new developments in the 2020 election.