Immediately after leaving the White House in 2017, Barack Obama teamed up with Eric Holder to develop a plan that would create endless far-left majorities in Washington by electing large numbers of Democrats at the state and local levels of government to position the party with enough control to determine the outcome of the congressional redistricting which would take place after the 2020 census.
Early in the 2017 special election season, Obama and Holder created the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) as the face of this effort. The goal of the NDRC was to work at the grass-roots level and ensure enough Democrat control of state and local governments between 2017 and 2020 in order to for the party to gerrymander congressional districts.
To get things officially underway, Obama headlined a private fundraiser for NDRC in the summer of 2017 where he enjoyed the enthusiastic support of the group looking to gerrymander congressional districts in favor of Democrats. And while gerrymandering isn’t unusual — it’s often considered the “spoils of (political) war — the game plan incorporated by Barack Obama and Eric Holder was unusual and dangerous.
Holder declared at the time that he would make so-called “racial fairness” a key part of the NDRC strategy, an approach that received early support from the courts when they invalidated legally redrawn legislative maps at the federal and state levels in the name of “fairness.”
As their plan gained traction, Obama and Holder focused on the 2018 midterms to begin building their endless far-left majorities — and it worked. When the election was over, Barack Obama and the Democrats had more election day victories than Donald Trump and the Republicans.
After the 2018 midterm dust settled, Democrats had flipped seven gubernatorial offices, gaining the “trifecta of power” (control of the governor’s office and both legislative chambers) in six states: Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, and New York. Democrats also broke up existing GOP trifectas in Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.
Before the election, Republicans held the trifecta in twenty-six states, Democrats held it in seven, and seventeen were divided. Post-election, Republicans hold twenty-one, Democrats hold fourteen, and thirteen are divided. Georgia is still undecided.
But the success of 2018 was only a foretaste of things to come.
In an interview with Hill TV following that election, cofounder and CEO Catherine Vaughan of Flippable, a political action committee that focuses exclusively on state governments, explained why bigger things were yet to come:
“States play a major role in national elections. The state (makes) policies on who gets to vote, how votes are counted, how district lines are drawn — which makes Congress so much more gerrymandered, and so much harder for Democrats to flip than it was before.”
Vaughan targeted state elections for another reason close to Obama’s heart: experience. In politics, serving at the state level often becomes a stepping-stone to serving at the federal level.
“State governments build the bench for federal government. Almost 50 percent of members of Congress started at the state legislative level. Barack Obama was a state senator in my home-state of Illinois.”
Now that Democrats are running the show after the 2020 election, and with the Census Bureau’s release of the nation’s new apportionment figures, Obama and Holder are taking the next step to fulfilling their dream of creating endless far-left majorities. And once again, the courts are likely to help.
The National Redistricting Action Fund, a nonprofit allied with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, filed what’s known as “impasse litigation” in Louisiana, Minnesota and Pennsylvania on Monday. The suits ask the courts to prepare to draw their own maps in the event that the Republicans and Democrats are unable to reach an agreement on how to redraw congressional districts.
“These lawsuits are just the first of many steps we will be taking in the coming weeks and months to ensure the redistricting process is not subverted by politicians who want to hold onto power at the expense of fair representation,” Eric Holder said in a statement.
Will Obama and Holder succeed? The past ten years indicates that they will.
In addition to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee’s brief record of success, Democrats have sued over district boundaries in states like North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. Recently, state Supreme Courts in North Carolina and Pennsylvania struck down political boundaries in those states in what turned into significant wins for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
By the way, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that federal courts have no authority over questions of political gerrymandering, meaning that Obama and Holder won’t be stopped by SCOTUS.
When Barry waved goodbye to the White House in 2017, he warned America — I’m sorry, he promised America — that he would “be right there with (us) every step of the way,” and he committed himself to staying involved in Washington politics.
It looks like Barack Obama and his gun-running buddy, the former Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, are keeping that promise by resuming their plan to build endless far-left majorities in Congress.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.