Former President Barack Obama might not be inhabiting the Oval Office any longer, but that doesn’t mean that he’s going to quietly fade into obscurity. In fact, Obama is stealthily forming a Democratic “super group” in an effort to thwart President Donald Trump’s agenda and to help the party regain control of the country.
To do this, Obama and his cadre of top Democrats plan to shift their attention to state-level races, where they plan to artificially create more blue districts by gerrymandering, or redrawing voting districts in a way that consolidates the proper voting base.
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who unsuccessfully ran in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, announced that he would join Obama’s efforts.
“America needs non-partisan redistricting commissions,” he said during a talk at Boston College Law School, where he works as a professor. “This simple reform… must become the new norm of American democracy. … How can we expect people to vote if their voice has been carved into irrelevance by a political map ahead of time?”
While the first large-scale test of the Democrats’ mettle will take place during the 2018 congressional elections, party leaders have shifted their attention to Delaware, where a special election in the state Senate will potentially allow the Republicans to obtain a majority in the chamber for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Redistricting is typically reserved for the party who holds a majority in the state legislature, which means that Democrats do not have many options when it comes to gerrymandering. However, Obama and his accomplices hope to tip the balance back toward their party in future races by addressing the issue now.
According to Jared Leopold, spokesman for the Democratic National Redistricting Committee, the party is hoping that its new approach will “put them in a better situation before redistricting in 2020,” as well as “undo some of the more egregious redistricting” that took place after the 2010 Census.