The Democratic party has been racing so far to the Left that even former President Barack Obama is concerned.
That’s right. Obama, the man who gave us Obamacare, says that candidates like Bernie Sanders are too far Left.
In his time in office, Obama expanded the government’s role in healthcare, bailed out the auto industry, passed a non-shovel-ready stimulus spending law, and regulated the coal industry into near extinction.
That is the guy who is currently sounding the alarm against the far-Left in his party.
When Barack Obama is the voice of reason in the Democrat party, you know they’ve got problems.
A new report in Politico profiles Obama’s disdain for socialist Senator Bernie Sanders in particular.
The report states that Obama would “speak-up against Sanders” if he got the Democrat nomination.
That is quite a statement. Obama is so afraid of Comrade Bernie that he would speak out against him, even while he was running against Donald Trump.
However, the odds aren’t good that Obama would endorse Trump; hell will freeze over before he gave Trump any sort of praise.
This story is an important one because it highlights the contrasting policies of the far-Left and moderate Left of the Democrat Party.
The Democrats have moved so far to the Left that Barack Obama is considered only slightly Left-of-center.
We must be living in a parallel universe for that to be true.
However, that’s the situation we find ourselves in.
Politico reported, “Back when Sanders seemed like more of a threat than he does now, Obama said privately that if Bernie were running away with the nomination, Obama would speak up to stop him.”
Ouch. I wonder if Bernie “felt the Bern” from that one.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has drawn criticism from Obama as well.
Huffington Post reported, “It’s no secret that Obama has been less than enthusiastic about some of the progressive policies pushed by Sanders and Warren. At the same Democracy Alliance event last month, Obama told the crowd that America is “less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement.”
He pushed back on some candidates’ immigration proposals to decriminalize illegally crossing the border.
The Politico report continued: He said Democrats should not be “deluded,” that “resistance” to “bold” proposals will just melt away or that it’s the result of “false consciousness.” America, he said, is “less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement.” He was particularly pointed about immigration policies that went too far Left, and suggested that adopting a policy to decriminalize the border, as Warren has, was deadly. “You go survey the average Democrat and they still think there’s such a thing as a border,” he said. “And if you don’t speak to those values, then you may be in for a rude shock.” He advised candidates not to confuse “left-leaning Twitter feeds” for the real electorate, and said “the average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”
We are truly living in the age of the absurd when Barack Obama makes sense. The Democrats have one declared socialist and one borderline—at best—socialist contending for the nomination of their party.
However, it is interesting to note that Obama hasn’t endorsed his former Vice President, Joe Biden either.
Despite negative press and frequent gaffes, Biden is still leading amongst the 2020 Democratic candidates.
By Obama’s standard, he is far more center-Left than either Sanders or Warren.
That should tell everyone something about Joe Biden. It isn’t a good look for a candidate when his former boss doesn’t feel strongly enough to speak up in his defense.
The Democrats appear to be very worried about the 2020 election and their chances to dethrone President Trump.
Obama is right to be worried. All Dems should be.