Recently I attended a dinner event where Roger Stone, news magnet, political strategist and longtime friend/adviser to President Trump, was the featured speaker.

Along with plugging his new book, “The Making of the President 2016” and pleading innocent to any Russia/Trump campaign connection, Wikileaks or Guccifer 2.0 hack, Stone made an astounding public prediction. He proclaimed that former First Lady Michelle Obama would be a future presidential candidate, adding that she would be “formidable” and should not be underestimated.

Given that for decades, Stone has played either an official or unofficial role in Republican presidential campaigns starting with Richard Nixon, I should know better than to question one of his predictions.

But I asked anyway, “Do you really believe that Michelle Obama will run for president even though she supposedly hates politics?”

Roger reiterated that he firmly believed Mrs. Obama would run adding, “Just wait, remember when I told you that Trump would win and you did not believe me?”

Silence on my end.

Coincidentally, hours before hearing Stone’s prediction I read a piece headlined, “For Democrats, No Clear Leader” in The Hill that reported:

On the question of who should be a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, Bernie Sanders led the field, at 14 percent, followed by former first lady Michelle Obama at 11 percent, Elizabeth Warren at 9 percent, Hillary Clinton at 8 percent, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo each at 4 percent, and television personality Oprah Winfrey and Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) each at 3 percent. Forty-five percent said they want to see someone not on the list of possible candidates in the survey.

Seeing that poll and hearing Stone’s prediction on the same day got me thinking about who would lead the now leaderless Democrats in 2020. But instead of a name, only one word came to mind: desperation.

Desperate for presidential leadership, the Democrats could resort to a brand-name that is tried and true, well-respected and a “sure” winner.

Therefore, consider these five reasons why Michelle Obama would be “formidable” and “should not be underestimated” as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.

1. A Slobbering Media Love Affair

Credit for that phrase goes to Bernie Goldberg who authored a 2009 New York Times bestseller by a similar name. Goldberg’s full title was “A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (and Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance between Obama and the Mainstream Media.”

If Michelle Obama were to win the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination, then Goldberg would only have to change the cover photo and not the title.

The prospect of a black woman becoming the first female president would send the mainstream media into a state of sustained orgasmic ecstasy. But voters watching the unspeakable horrors of a Trump vs. Obama campaign war would demand a national distribution of Valium, and earplugs. By comparison, the Trump/Clinton 2016 race would be fondly remembered as respectful and gracious.

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