Barack Obama To Help Democrats Address Gerrymandering
Barack Obama has never been one to sit on the sidelines, so it's no surprise he's already ready to get back into politics.
It's been less than two months since he left office, but, according to Politico, Obama is poised to take a visible role at the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), which aims to tackle the issue of gerrymandering.
When it comes to gerrymandering -- or the process of redrawing district lines to give a boost to a particular political party -- Democrats are at a huge disadvantage.
Many of the current districts were drawn by Republican-majority state legislatures, which gives the GOP a major upper-hand on their opponents.
This also helps explain why Republicans currently control Congress.
Many feel gerrymandering is a genuine obstacle to democracy.
According to former Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama will be a central part of the effort to address this issue.
Speaking to reporters at a briefing for the NDRC, Holder said,
It's coming. He's coming. And he's ready to roll. [Obama] will be a more visible part of the effort.
This is really a battle for our democracy. The notion that people are denied their ability to cast a meaningful vote... is inconsistent with who we say we are, inconsistent with what we say our democracy is about.
The NDCR's overall goal is to help Democrats win seats in statehouses nationwide in order to have a bigger say in the redistricting process, and ultimately increase the Democratic party's presence in the House of Representatives.
This is really a battle for our democracy,
So, it looks like Obama is done with the vacation life, and is determined to help Democrats change the makeup of Congress in the 2018 midterms.
That certainly didn't take long. But, as Obama stated during his speech at the Democratic National Convention of the summer, "Democracy isn't a spectator sport."