Eric Holder: Obama Is “Ready To Roll” Back Into Politics With Dem Fundraising And Redistricting Efforts

Politico reports:

Barack Obama is getting closer to making his public reappearance in politics, his friend and former Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday. Holder said he’s been talking to the former president about ways — including fundraising and interacting with state legislators — that could help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Obama asked Holder to chair last year.

“It’s coming. He’s coming,” Holder said, speaking to reporters at a briefing for the new group. “And he’s ready to roll.” Throughout, Holder said, Obama “will be a more visible part of the effort.” Holder also predicted that the usual pattern of the party in the White House losing state legislative seats in off-year elections would hold next year, but “I expect we’ll see that on steroids with President Trump.”

  • Gustav2

    Good.

  • TampaDink

    When will he have time for that with all of the rally planning & causing leaks within the current administration?

    • johncAtl

      And golf.

      • Megrim Twist

        And gun-grabbing. The man is busy!

        • TampaDink

          What kind of head of state goes around grabbing guns when he should be out there grabbing pussies? Because when you are a star, they let you do it!

      • TampaDink

        Causing the taxpayers to pay to protect him every day while he’s playing golf….which he only does to annoy certain people, is an outrage!

    • MB

      and all them jerbs he destroyed !!!!!!

      • TampaDink

        Indeed….which is why the economy is in shambles with a 80% rate of unemployment.

    • JCF
      • TampaDink

        If only.

  • Derrick Johns

    But what could he run for (back in politics). Governor of Hawaii? What about New Jersey? They need a handsome slim governor there.

    • Nic Peterson

      Hawaii calls dibs on him. We could use a competent leader.

      • PickyPecker

        He’s coming HOME to IL!!

      • Derrick Johns

        Oh, Nic, you live in Hawaii. You lucky devil.

      • kanehau

        Harry Kim for Governor!

        • Nic Peterson

          Heard that one before. He was going to run against the cunning Lingle but backed out at the last minute. Let’s see what he can accomplish on the Big Island.

          • kanehau

            I’ve been on the Big Island since 98 – so I’ve seen Harry as Mayor three times now. I think he is ok for a mayor, not so sure about governor though.
            His strong suit is civil defense and that fact that he is low corruption (if at all).

          • Nic Peterson

            Kim is a politician you can trust and the Big Island needs that right now.

    • Boreal

      He won’t run for office again.

  • Boreal
    • james1200

      I used to picture you as a wolf, but from now on, I’m picturing you as Smithers.

      • Boreal

        I look nothing like Smithers.

        • james1200

          Proof please. Preferably with you in chaps and a whip, so we can compare and contrast.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      From the movie “Moonstruck”:

      “You never saw a wolf in your life”.
      “I see a WOLF in anyone I ever MET and I see a WOLF in YOU!”

    • Guest

      He looks like several years ago at Charlies in Denver. They had the same prancing step too. Lol. Lots of fun at that bar

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    YAY !! ( and sorry, but I just cant help it )

    https://twitter.com/bitalee/status/836665465669812226

  • PickyPecker
    • HZ81

      Wah, that’s giving me the sads.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Done. (Though not in the same role.)

      • Guest

        Obama will go down as a great president, even if just for dignity and not being war criminal Bush.

        I do struggle on how much progress our community made because of his actions and how much happened just by the courts. Had the courts not gone our way, would he have stepped up and followed Biden?

        I do credit Obama on do much progress in other area. I also will never forgive him for their knee jerk reaction and what they did out of fear of Fox to Shirley Sherrod.

        I also am a stone cold realist. Obama failed us by not fighting for longer coatails and for messaging in 2010 through today. He presided over a constant stream of democratic losses in Congress and has admitted some of that blame. When will the left ever learn to not just accept the framing of the right?

        • Vista-Cruiser

          No, we failed Obama, by not getting enough Democrats to the polls in 2010, 2014, and 2016.

        • richardwicks

          Obama will go down as a great president, even if just for dignity and not being war criminal Bush.

          Bush lied the nation into a war in Iraq and bombed 2 nations while he was at it, including the wars of course.

          Obama bombed 7 nations over the course of 8 consecutive years. He destroyed Libya which went from the nation with the highest per capita income in Africa, to a failed state. It’s because of the destruction of Libya that Europe is dealing with a refugee influx which nobody living in Europe is happy with. Obama tried to lie this nation into a war in Syria. There’s no “moderate rebels” in Syria, Dennis Kucinich and Tulsi Gabbard will tell you that. The Wikileaks emails revealed that it’s Saudi Arabia and Qatar that funds ISIS, with the FULL KNOWLEDGE of the US State Department. John Kerry lied as blatantly and as obviously as Colin Powell did when he got in front of the UN to falsely claim that Assad gassed his own people. He didn’t, the “moderate rebels” did.

          You want to know why the US is in Syria? Well, Genie Energy made a deal with Israel to mine oil from the Golan Heights, which is Syrian territory occupied (illegally I might add) by Israel. Assad objected to this. This deal was made in August of 2013, in the same month that Assad supposedly gassed his own people, on the DAY that UN weapons inspectors showed up to find out if Assad was using chemical weapons.

          Now, don’t believe me, check all these claims out.

          But you want to know what the real smoking gun is – it’s who is on the “strategic board of directors” of Genie Energy.

          Obama isn’t a war criminal. That’s a laugh. He’s a Neocon piece of garbage, every bit as loathesome and evil as George W. Bush, or that scumbag Hillary Clinton.

          When you stupid supposed “liberals” have two principles to rub together, let me know, I might start identifying as one again – but right now, you’re nothing better than the stupid idiots that rallied around George W. Bush as he lied this nation into a war. You’re just as pathetic, brainwashed, and as immoral as they were. You’re even stupider, because in 2003, the Internet wasn’t ubiquitous – it is now.

          I just laid out exactly why the US is in Syria, explained it in detail, and here’s my guess – even though you have the world’s most powerful research tool ever made in front of you, right now, you’re going to think I’m lying about this, or just a conspiracy nut. The truth is, Obama, Clinton, and Bush Jr – they are all just meat puppets of the Neocon establishment garbage that seized control of the United States 16 years ago – and a lot of people realize this. It’s just you don’t.

  • HZ81

    While some “revolutionaries” pine away for the lost white working class voter (because that’s why they voted Trump—they were “forgotten” by Dems)…

    Our very last President of the United State knows that voter ID laws, redistricting, voter-caging and purges are what puts the GOP in office.

    Thank you, sir—with loooooove.

  • Robert Anthony

    Steroids and RAGE!

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Please don’t forget: Tip generously for good service.

    Like Joe Biden at Goody Goody Diner, St. Louis, Missouri, September 9, 2016.

    The sandwich was complimentary (free) and he tipped $20. Thank you.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/guypbenson/status/836618849982251008?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
    I hate this POS but his tweet does match what I’ve seen elsewhere.
    If Kennedy goes, there goes same sex marriage, abortion and other issues.
    Yes he was an asshole on a lot of issues but at the end of the day, his replacement will be an asshole on ALL issues, not just some.
    Once again, for all those who stayed home or voted third party, you played a part in this.

    • bkmn

      Which is why Dems need to give any and all nominees to SCOTUS by Trump just as much respect as the GOP gave to Garland.

      • Ninja0980

        I agree but that would be easier to do if we had control of the Senate.
        We don’t.
        Sad to say the minute Republicans kept control of the Senate, we lost the SCOTUS battle.

    • JCF

      “Townhall”? Consider The Source.

  • kaydenpat

    Trump is going to be pissed. Lol.

  • james1200

    Come up North to us, President Obama, so we may secede and form the New England States of America under President-for-life Obama (Malia will be ready to take over for him in a decade but he can rule us until then.) New York & New Jersey can join, too! (But not Pennsylvania! Fuck you Pennsylvania!)

  • Lars Littlefield

    This is good news! I prefer to concentrate on being involved and getting candidates in the 2018 race and winning rather than hear about Trumpanzee’s tweets. We already know he’s a loser. Time to concentrate on wiinng, and that includes no more whining from Barnie bots about how we “old” Democrats are responsible for losing the last election. As it turns out, the last election is much more complicated than simple bitching and whining. Go Obama! I’m right behind you.

  • fuzzybits

    We’re ready!

  • bkmn

    Trump will be a powerful motivator, for our side and for theirs.

  • Rex

    Remember when we had a President that wasn’t an international embarrassment?
    Good times.

    • another_steve

      So true.

      The thought of the sexual predator on the world stage — meeting with distinguished dignitaries — is truly horrifying.

  • Does anyone else think its a bit unbelievable that President Bush seems to be on our side? It’s like reading the health columns and finding out that chicken and duck fat is now good for your health (in moderation) after thinking that its death by cholesterol for years. “Former President George W. Bush says he dislikes the “racism,” “name-calling” and “people feeling alienated” under Donald Trump’s presidency”. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/george-w-bush-trump-name-calling-racism-235487

    • Boreal

      It is his opportunity to make himself look better. I’ll still always remember him as the second worst president in our nation’s history.

      • bkmn

        W knows he needs to do whatever he can to try to salvage his crappy reputation.

        • Boreal

          Bingo. If his legacy is as second worst , it’ll still be better than dump.

        • Gustav2

          Sometimes, ex-presidents become better human beings without staff around and they don’t have to care about the base.

      • Ninja0980

        Not to mention avenge his brother Jeb.

      • Guess?

        I dunno. After President Pence you might decide Bush is the third worst.

    • another_steve

      Ever since they declared dark chocolate and red wine health food, nothing surprises me.

      • Our grandmothers who applied schmaltz in generous quantities knew best!

        • another_steve

          As a kid I thought everybody ate schmaltz.

          I would go to a restaurant and say, “What’s this, ma?”

          “Butter,” she would reply.

      • safari

        I suspect we’ll end up like that scene in “Sleeper” where the doctors discuss how people in the 1970s thought that health foods like fatty steak and chocolate sauce weren’t healthy foods.

        • jmax

          And smoking is good for you.

        • another_steve

          Our mothers and grandmothers had a certain intuitive wisdom in this department.

          As we were growing up in the 1950s, my mother made my sister and me drink a warm glass of milk with a raw egg stirred into it. Every morning. It was vomitous. We dreaded it. But what choice did we have.

          Now, studies are showing that unless you suffer from high cholesterol, you can eat eggs on a regular basis without fear.

          As a matter of fact, some of the nutrients therein are good for us, or so they say.

          • olandp

            When I was forced to eat cooked cabbage in daycare, it made me almost vomit. If I had it to do over again, I would take a bite, vomit, and be done with cooked cabbage for good. To this day I can’t eat any cooked green, but raw is fine.

          • another_steve

            Hear ya.

            Cooked cabbage is edible in only two situations: a good cabbage soup (an amazing delicacy when done correctly) and when marinated in something sour (à la sauerkraut). Decent German restaurants do the latter.

            And of course, stuffed cabbage.

            Otherwise, vomitous.

        • another_steve

          As stated elsewhere in this thread, moderation in all things. The Buddhists definitely got that one right.

          There is one food and one food only that I am incapable of exhibiting moderation with: herring. In cream sauce. In wine sauce. Plain. Whatever.

          I totally lose it, when it comes to herring.

          Totally.

      • Tomcat

        Moderation is key to good health.

        • another_steve

          Everything in moderation, including moderation.

    • billbear1961

      Bush Calls Media “Indispensable to Democracy”

      Former president George W. Bush said yesterday: “I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. That we need the media to hold people like me to account.” That is a far cry from Donald Trump’s calling the press “the enemy of the American people.” Bush also noted that he spent a significant amount of energy extolling the importance of a free press in countries overseas that don’t have one, and that attacking the U.S. domestic press would be counterproductive to trying to sell democracy abroad. Bush and Trump are not on good terms and Bush’s comments yesterday are not going to bring them closer. A spokesman for Bush said that on Election Day, Bush voted for “none of the above.” His father, former president George H. W. Bush, voted for Hillary Clinton. During the primaries, Trump viciously attacked Jeb Bush. The Bushes could yet emerge as a force within the Republican Party opposing Trump in some ways.

      http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2017/Pres/Maps/Feb28.html#item-7

      EDIT: I like the “in some ways.”

      Doesn’t exactly overflow with enthusiasm or reassurance, does it?

      • McSwagg

        I never thought I would be a Bush supporter, but if what you report is true, I will have to give them some limited respect.

        • billbear1961

          “Limited” being the key word, M!

    • David Walker

      I’d think that maybe 6 or 7 years of not being fed the hate and lies from Cheyney and Turd Blossom and all the others would conceivably moderate your thinking. He was a puppet, much like 45, and I forgive the twig nothing, but I can understand how he might see a little daylight now.

    • I don’t think it’s so much that he’s on “our side” as it is that Trump is so awful that mainstream conservatives are appalled. The Bushes never endorsed Trump and didn’t even go to the convention. They should be appalled and those that didn’t say anything will be tarnished with this shit forever. W and his dad are trying to protect what reputations they have. It’s not going to do any good, but I appreciate the effort. Nothing changes until Republicans start speaking out. So far the elected ones are doing nothing but enabling. McCain talks and then votes for everything Trump wants. That doesn’t count.

      • Dom Saunders

        Yeah, I have to say that with Bush, it’s just the lesser of two evils at this point. Just because Trump is objectively worse than Bush Jr. doesn’t make all the latter did suddenly go away. But at the same time, compared to Trump, he practically looks like a saint.

        • kareemachan

          But he did the write-in thing voting in the election. So he helped the drumpster.

    • The_Wretched

      I intentionally eat cholesterol (~ 12 eggs a week) in the 36 hours follow lifting. Mine is low and it cuts down on the fatigue.

    • kareemachan

      I think he’s using this opportunity to try to make himself look not as big an asshole than he actually was.

      So, yeah, it’s great that he’s saying these things, but he still gets no respect from me.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Holder also predicted that the usual pattern of the party in the White House losing state legislative seats in off-year elections would hold next year, but “I expect we’ll see that on steroids with President Trump.”

    I hope he’s right. Total GOP control is terrifying.

  • Rex

    Does this mean Obama isn’t going to be on Dancing with the Stars?

    • safari

      I’m afraid so, my dear.

    • Tomcat

      I just hope he stars on Dancing on Trumps Grave.

      • Ross

        Now, THAT, is something I would watch.

        Gleefully.

        • JCF

          Watch? I would do more than that (you’re in for a big surprise! ;-/)

    • Michael R
  • billbear1961
  • geoffalnutt

    Gawd. Just seeing his face gave me a lump in my throat! There are no words to describe how much I miss him.

  • billbear1961

    Did anyone else see this? (I haven’t seen all of Joe’s stories today, only the half-dozen most recent.)

    In a victory for Democracy, Arizona’s House kills Republican-led anti-protest bill

    Last week the Arizona State Senate passed SB1142 in an attempt to extend the state’s racketeering laws to include protest organizers. You read that right. Republicans are always willing to try to set fire to our Constitutional rights until someone calls them on it. The good news is that yesterday the Arizona House of Representatives Speaker J.D. Mesnard (R-AZ) explained that he and the Arizona Republican Party are going to pretend like this never happened.

    House Speaker J.D. Mesnard has confirmed that he does not plan to consider the bill, which means that it won’t move forward in the legislature.

    “I haven’t studied the issue or the bill itself, but the simple reality is that it created a lot of consternation about what the bill was trying to do,” Mesnard told New Times. “People believed it was going to infringe on really fundamental rights. The best way to deal with that was to put it to bed.”

    With the #Resistance movement in full swing since Donald Trump and his roving band of billionaire white supremacists oozed into office by negative 3,000,000 votes, Republicans everywhere have been trying to figure out ways to make protesting illegal—so they can pretend those voices don’t exist. There are already laws against rioting and destroying property and committing violent acts, Republicans are hoping to turn anyone in opposition to their oligarchical minority into an enemy of the state. It’s happened before and it will happen again, so we will continue to fight and rejoice at these small victories when we can.

    http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/28/1638615/-In-a-victory-for-Democracy-Arizona-s-House-kills-Republican-led-anti-protest-bill

    • canoebum

      We saw it. If you hold an Indivisible Meeting in your house, and some guy shows up at a protest and throws a rock, they come and take your house before putting you in jail. Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.

      • billbear1961

        They’ve backed away from this outrage, in Arizona, at least for the time being.

        • canoebum

          It’s going to be a game of whack-a-mole.

    • The_Wretched

      I’m glad they killed it but the ‘law’ was plain stupid and in violation of the AZ State constitution in about 5 different ways.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Sam_Handwich

      let the peepee fall where it may

    • billbear1961

      He’s not only credible–as more and more of what he has reported proves accurate–he’s a HERO.

      I hope that, having gone into hiding, he’ll be okay–so many of the Russians who helped him with his dossier have been MURDERED by Trump’s master, Putin.

  • Tomcat

    Democratic theme of 2018 and 2020 elections should be
    ACTUALLY DRAIN THE SWAMP. Remove billionaires from Washington and restore the peoples hopes and dreams.

  • Ross

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  • greenmanTN

    Need you car washed? Your pants pressed (I can’t iron for shit, but I’d give it a whack)?

    Because Trump and his hardcore supporters are going batshit and we need… a community organizer!!!

  • Henry Auvil

    Wait. You mean he’s not going to spend the next four years painting portraits of himself in the bathtub?

  • Chuck in NYC

    “Holder also predicted that the usual pattern of the party in the White House losing state legislative seats in off-year elections would hold next year, but ‘I expect we’ll see that on steroids with President Trump.’ ”

    Yeah, but the last – last – last thing any of us needs to do is get complacent about this. The “steroids” part won’t happen unless we get people who don’t normally vote in off-year elections to the polls.

    • McSwagg

      That statement plus Obama’s history as a community organizer suggests to me major voter registration drives and “get out the vote” drives are being planned.

  • I can’t think of any issue that would be a better use of their time.

  • stuckinthewoods

    It is reported that the Obamas are both writing books for which bidding has reached $60 million. The yuge amount and the interest their books will generate is going to inflame cheeto’s inferiority complex. Bigly.
    https://newrepublic.com/minutes/141022/barack-michelle-obama-get-paid

    • McSwagg

      Da, Bolshoi!!!

  • righteous mob

    Corporate sellouts! Big money shills!
    /s

  • kareemachan

    Good. He can make drumpsters’ heads esplode again. That’s always fun to watch – from under an umbrella….

  • jeremyrain98

    Trust me, that POS Glenn Greenwald is about to jump on the board and shit on Obama in 3…2..

  • Charlie

    Even though he deserves to take all he time off that he wants, I’m soooooo happy to hear this!

  • Vista-Cruiser

    I really miss President Obama, and have great respect for him. However, the only way that Democrats can have any say at all in redistricting is if we take back a huge number of governorships and state legislative seats. THAT’S what we need to focus on, before we even start thinking about how to redistrict.