Obama floats run for House seat held by Ilhan Omar

Obama floats run for House seat held by Ilhan Omar
Ilhan Omar (Image: Yahoo News! video screen grab)

No, not that Obama.  The other one: half-brother Malik Obama.

It’s not clear if Malik Obama would meet the eligibility requirements to run in Omar’s Minnesota district.  He’s a (naturalized) U.S. citizen, but he resides in Kenya.  Apparently, the number of wives he has cannot be accurately determined, and may be as many as 12.  (Some of those are likely no longer officially his wives.)

It’s also not clear that Malik Obama is actually proposing to run for Congress.  He tweeted a question to that effect on Friday:

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The Twitter replies don’t seem to show any particular enthusiasm for the idea.  However, Obama has run for office before.  In 2013, he ran for governor of the Kenyan county of Siaya.  Reportedly, his slogan for the campaign was “Obama here, Obama there.”  The implied allusion to a special connection for Siaya County, if its governor were an Obama, doesn’t seem to have swayed many voters.  Obama pulled fewer than 3,000 votes, some 140,000 behind the winner.

But Obama did emerge in 2016 as a supporter of Donald Trump.  That seems to be why he @-ed Trump in the September 6 tweet.  Malik Obama was Trump’s special guest at the third presidential debate with Hillary Clinton in October 2016, reportedly wearing a MAGA hat.

Malik Obama, wearing his political sympathies on his head. Malik Obama via Twitter

Malik also flummoxed the Left by tweeting “alt-Right” meme slang at the time, something that would come back to haunt him in any run for office in the United States.

His friendliness with Charles C. Johnson would draw severe censure as well.

Omar’s district in Minnesota may be looking for a bit less of the fringe-politics drama at this point.  If there’s still such thing as a moderate Democrat, the district’s voting history would suggest trying to field one of those.  That would be a conventional perspective, at any rate.  On the other hand, Republican challenger Lacy Johnson, who announced in August, shows promise.

There’s no doubt that Malik Obama’s sympathies are still with Donald Trump. (H/t: NewsOne)

And, going by his Twitter feed, he’s reflecting regularly on his regrets over previous support for brother Barack.

That may both help and hurt him in any electoral scramble in a district like Omar’s.  Blue walls aren’t as solid as they once were.  Meanwhile, Malik Obama’s unorthodox marital status wouldn’t seem to pose any more of a problem than Ilhan Omar’s has.  It wouldn’t if he got equal treatment by the media and the authorities in Minnesota, that is.

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