A political analyst says the best chance the Democrats have at winning back the White House in 2020 lies with former first lady Michelle Obama.
According to Douglas E. Schoen, who is an opinion contributor for The Hill, Michelle is the most popular political figure in the Democratic Party, and the only leader who can orchestrate a united opposition to take on Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
While Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have already begun national fundraising operations, and Rep. John Delaney has already announced his presidential candidacy, some people remain skeptical about leadership within the Democratic Party.
“It’s gotten ridiculous,” major Democratic donor Marc Lasry told The New York Times, adding that Democrats “need a clearer message about what they want to do, not just about opposing Trump.”
Schoen believes that Michelle stands the best chance of accomplishing that goal because of her immense national popularity, even though she has publicly stated that she is not interested in a presidential bid.
According to the January 2017 USA Today/Gallup poll, Michelle had a 68 percent favorability rating when she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, left the White House. This was 10 points higher than Barack's approval rating, and 7 points higher than Vice President Joe Biden's.
Schoen acknowledged that it is more common for first ladies to have a higher approval rating than their husbands, but added that Michelle's favorability is substantially higher than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's rating of 56 percent from 2000 when she and former President Bill Clinton left the Oval Office.
Perhaps even more telling is the fact that Michelle's favorability rating is significantly higher than President Donald Trump's. His rating lies almost 30 points lower at 39.7 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics Average.
In August, Public Policy Polling found that a whopping 52 percent of voters say they wish Barack was still president, with only 39 percent saying they prefer Trump.
That being said, Schoen believes that Michelle is the "candidate the divided Democratic Party needs." He believes Michelle is the only potential candidate who can bring the party together, rebuild the Obama coalition and win back key states in the Midwest to ultimately win the presidency.
In April, Michelle put rumors to rest about a potential presidential bid in 2020.
"It’s all well and good until you start running, and then the knives come out,” she said while speaking at an event in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “Politics is tough, and it’s hard on a family. ... I wouldn’t ask my children to do this again because, when you run for higher office, it’s not just you, it’s your whole family.”