Is our current first lady about to take a page out of the play book of her Democratic predecessor in the White House? Yes, if you listen to Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who said as much in a recent fundraising letter.
The senator did not cite a source, other than what he described in extremely general terms as the “press and rumor mills, ” and it could just be Kirk’s way of riling up the troops. Republicans are not enamoured with Mrs. Obama, not even a little bit.
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One thing to remember: the junior senator from Illinois’ predecessor was also an Obama, Michelle’s husband who didn’t complete his first term because he’d been offered a better job.
In the letter to potential donors, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Kirk was asking for donations to his campaign to help “fend off a challenge from a Democratic opponent who will be backed by the national Democrat party as well as the home state political operation of the President.”
The senator noted that in 1999, rumors that then-First Lady Hillary Clinton would run for the U.S. Senate came true.
See? Everybody has that play book now.
For the record, Clinton did run for a Senate seat from New York while Bill was still president. The Illinois primary is in March 2016, so Michelle Obama needs to get her petitions on the ballot in 2015, and, basically, move out of the White House to start campaigning in earnest.
“I’m not one to believe rumors or engage in political gossip, ” Kirk says in the letter, “but when it comes to defending the Illinois Senate seat that I’m honored to hold, I take all potential threats seriously.”
Kirk asked for contributions of $25 to $1, 000.
OK, so that’s that rumor. But there’s a nastier rumor out there, and, what can I say, the first lady is not even trying to squash them. Yes, the Internet is full of rumors that Michelle is a transsexual man. Why? Because those folks are nuts.
But then Michelle goes and gives a major interview to Out magazine, due next month, and when she talks about it to NBC, she says: “I cannot get into specifics, but this will be a giant step for the LGBTQ community. It’s going to transform people’s perspectives around the world, primarily where the rights of transgendered individuals are concerned.”
Is it any wonder the web is full of “scientific” analysis of Michelle’s body structure, concluding that Mrs. Obama is a guy?
On June 29, White House Senior Adviser and Michelle’s close friend Valerie Jarrett was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if the first lady was planning to run for office. Jarrett answered: “Well, I’m absolutely 100 percent positive that that will never happen.”
So, she’s running. Or he’s running. Wait until Out is out.