Now, while I’m lucky enough to have my reality television viewing peppered with political commercials featuring Michelle Obama shilling for hapless Illinois governor Pat Quinn, most Americans will be spared the First Lady’s electioneering messages. Michelle Obama will skip “helping” key Congressional Democrats in their quest to retain their seats in 2014 because she is unsatisfied with their level of commitment to her national junk food containment process.
Apparently, Senate Democrats didn’t do enough to support the First Lady’s “Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act” of 2010, her signature issue and legislation, which all but banned junk food from children’s lives, as though the Federal government saw no irony in actually taking candy from babies, and the legislative loss been a thorn in the First Lady’s side for four years. And then there’s the thing about how Democrats weren’t sufficiently opposed white potatoes.
Administration aides say the limited list has nothing to do with the fact that Mrs. Obama tangled privately with Senate Democrats for months, into the summer, for not doing more to halt Republican and food industry attempts to weaken the child nutrition and school lunch standards she has spearheaded. She was particularly angered when 11 Democrats from potato-growing states signed a letter by Republicans opposing the administration’s exclusion of white potatoes from the foods that beneficiaries of the Women, Infants and Children program can buy.
Fortunately for the Potato Mutineers, Democratic strategists aren’t too worried about Mrs. Obama’s campaign trail absence. Mrs. Obama, it seems, brings the “Obama” name into the mix, which turns off voters who are currently suffering from low confidence in the Obama Administration, whose approval rating is hovering slightly below that of Ebola. She still, however, remains the most popular Obama, with an approval rating closer to 60%.
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