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Guess Who’s Bizzack? Obama to Host Gerrymandering-Busting Fundraiser in DC This Week

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He’s baaaaack. And not a moment too soon. Former President Barack Obama is coming around after about six months of detoxing from his eight years of wypipo hell in office and will host a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., this week.

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The Washington Post reports that Obama will appear at a closed-door event for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a new organization chaired by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. According to its website, the group is committed to “building a targeted, state-by-state strategy that ensures Democrats can fight back and produce fairer maps in the 2021 redistricting process.”

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told the Post that Obama wants to help “build the bench” for the Democrats and is most comfortable doing just that instead of speaking directly to specific issues such as health care or immigration.

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The Post reported last year that Democrats suffered a greater loss of power during Obama’s tenure than under any other two-term president since World War II, and many critcized Obama for not doing more for Democrats on the local and state levels while he was in office.

“Because tomorrow’s president is today’s state senator. And he knows that very personally,” Perez said. “When you lose 900 state legislative seats, those are people who could have been the next governors and senators and Cabinet positions, and that is something that he’s very committed to.”

Obama’s spokesman Kevin Lewis said that the former president wants to support the committee’s “efforts to address unfair gerrymandering practices that leave too many American voters feeling voiceless in the electoral process. Restoring fairness to our democracy by advocating for fairer, more inclusive district maps around the country is a priority for President Obama.”

Holder and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will also appear with the former president at the event, which will take place Thursday.

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Read more at the Washington Post.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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many criticized Obama for not doing more for Democrats on the local and state levels while he was in office.

I don’t blame Obama, I blame the fairweather voters who do not turn out, I blame the party lightweights who unaccountably keep getting the safe seats and refuse to run for the hard ones, and I blame the liberal voting base whose members keep on clustering despite knowing what is needed is for democrat voters to spread out. The easiest way to enable gerrymandering is to cluster in smaller and smaller numbers of neighborhoods (and at a national level, clustering in a few coastal states).

The DNC has to stop putting the empty hat candidates up for easy seats (although this might be a practice that is going to be cut short now, there was a reason why the DNC wasn’t allowed to build a deep bench previously) instead of promoting its potential heavyweight candidates. DNC voters have to start turning out for every single election from HOA board member upwards (too many have skipped any election that wasn’t a presidential one), and they have to primary properly. And Liberals have got to spread out beyond the urban centers and coastal states.