While Obama is out campaigning like a dying man for the Democrats in the days leading up to the midterms, some members of his party are already looking to the not-so-distant 2012 Presidential election. And they have revealed one key aspect of their campaign: Jay-Z.
Deputy White House Press Secretary William Burton revealed the plan, albeit somewhat jokingly, in an interview:
"I can't believe you've finally heard the chatter about him replacing Larry Summers… In all seriousness, keep in mind he was pretty active during the 2008 election, so I don't think it'd surprise anyone that he would be involved again. But it's a little premature."
Mr. Z campaigned actively for the president in 2008 at his concerts and in the press, and the attention was welcome. His endorsement is safe, since he's mainstream and not too edgy, and yet hip enough to hopefully mobilize those hip-hop-loving youth that Obama relied so much in '08. The President is also allegedly a fan; he once said he had Jay-Z on his iPod.
I still have hopes for the midterms, but nonetheless, I'm glad Barack's got Jay-Z on his side, since whoever challenges him in '12 will surely retaliate with a cabal of country singers like you've never seen.