Don’t Look Now, but Pete is Surging

Former President Barack Obama speaks in Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Ill., on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (Stephen Haas//The News-Gazette via AP)

The Democrats are searching for their next Barack Obama, and with good reason: when the then-little-known U.S. Senator from Illinois burst onto the national landscape sometime around 2006, it really was the start of something special. Obama-bashers will read this and growl, just as Trump-bashers do every time I call him a political superstar, but reality is what it is, not what we would necessarily like it to be.

Over the past 100 years, we’ve had seven Democratic presidents and ten …

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