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Former President Barack Obama is described as a “parasite” on the Democratic Party in a new tell-all book about the 2020 election — saying the former president used the party as a “host” for his re-election campaign.
Writing in “Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaign to Defeat Trump,” author Edward-Isaac Dovere said aides to the former president believe he abandoned Democrats after winning the White House in 2008, according to an excerpt obtained by Fox News.
“‘Negligence’ might be more accurate,” Dovere, a writer for The Atlantic, reveals in a chapter of the book titled “Benign Neglect.”
“The numbers are hard to ignore: during his eight years in office, Obama oversaw a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, 63 House seats, 11 senators, and 13 governors,” Dovere writes in the book, scheduled to be released Tuesday.
In 2008, when Obama was elected, Democrats boosted their majorities in the House and Senate — gaining eight seats in the Senate and 21 in the House.
But Republicans roared back in the 2010 midterms thanks to the Tea Party wave of candidates and regained control of the House.
By 2014, Republicans controlled both the House and Senate.
Dovere said Obama carried himself with a “self-assured self-regard” and failed to look out for Democrats.
“Obama never built a Democratic bench and never cared to, aside from a few scattered candidates who interested him,” the book says.
“Defenders” of Obama, according to the book, claim he didn’t want to “taint” his presidency by “mucking around in fundraising” and wanted to reflect that when faced with the choice to campaign or govern, he would pick govern.
Obama’s abandonment of the Democratic Party structure is among the eyebrow-raising revelations in Dovere’s book that include how Jill Biden told supporters that Kamala Harris could go “f–k” herself after attacking then-presidential candidate Joe Biden during a 2019 debate.
Another excerpt disclosed how the former president referred to his successor, Donald Trump, as a “corrupt motherf–ker,” a “madman” and “a racist.”
In his first term, Dovere writes, Obama used the Democratic Party as a “host” for his re-election campaign.
Obama selected Tim Kaine in 2009 to head the Democratic National Committee — even though Kaine was serving as governor of Virginia.
Kaine was “commuting two days a week to oversee the pilfering of talent, money, resources, and purpose for the Obama reelection effort that was already under way,” Dovere writes.
“In his second term, he cared about what happened to the husk as much as any parasite does,” Dovere writes about Obama.
The campaign then struck a deal with the DNC that exchanged $2.4 million in leftover debt from the 2012 election for the email list from “Obama for America” and guarantees that Obama would headline fundraisers, the book says.
Obama’s pride hit its zenith in 2015 when the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act — commonly referred to as ObamaCare — and ruled that the 14th Amendment requires all states to allow same-sex marriages.
“In hindsight it’s hard not to see delusion in the self-assurance and the celebration and the sense of moving forward of those two weeks in America,” Dovere says.
He also writes that Obama believed he could have defeated Trump in 2016 if he had been allowed to seek a third term.
“Ultimately Obama’s math comes down to a simple calculation: he has suggested in conversations with people close to him that he thinks he would have won had he been able to be a candidate in 2016. The economy, the Democratic debris, Russia – if he could have run for a third term, even confronted with all these issues, he believes, he would have figured out how to pull a victory off anyway,” the book says.
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