In new interview Barack Obama seems to be warning Democratic candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren not to veer too far to the left.

By |2019-11-16T05:53:29-09:00November 16th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

Well this was a little unexpected. 

Courtesy of NYT:

Speaking before a room of wealthy liberal donors, Mr. Obama urged Democrats to remember the long, combative slog of his primary campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2008, arguing that the 16 month battle ultimately made him a stronger general election candidate.

“For those who get stressed about robust primaries, I just have to remind you I had a very robust primary,” he told the group of several hundred donors and organizational leaders in Washington. “I’m confident that at the end of the process we will have a candidate that has been tested.”

Yet, he also raised concerns about some of the liberal ideas being promoted by some candidates, citing health care and immigration as issues where the proposals may have gone further than public opinion.

While Mr. Obama did not single out any specific primary candidate or policy proposal, he cautioned that the universe of voters that could support a Democratic candidate — Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans — are not driven by the same views reflected on “certain left-leaning Twitter feeds” or “the activist wing of our party.”

“Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision we also have to be rooted in reality,” Mr. Obama said. “The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”

The comments marked an extraordinary entrance into the primary contest by the former president, who has been careful to avoid even the appearance of influencing the direction of the race.

I have to say that I am a little surprised that former President Obama, who is very politically savvy, would weigh in at all on the 2020 field of candidates in these early stages. 

I would remind folks that Obama’s 2008 agenda was also considered very progressive. I mean the Affordable Care Act was no small undertaking. 

So for him to suggest that any of these candidates are TOO progressive or left-leaning feels a little disingenuous. 

And he could actually be motivated by fear that a newly elected progressive Democratic president might undo all of his hard work on the ACA, it could be as simple as that. 

Having said that however I still retain mad love for our former president and will take his advice to heart. 

Of course I am still leaning toward Elizabeth Warren, but I heard what he had to say. 

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous November 16, 2019 at 11:43 am

    I think he’s being practical when he says that. I am a supporter of Medicare For All, but realistically, we need to aim a little lower at first. A great start would be to build up the ACA. We’re going to have to build up to a single payer, we’ll never be able to get it done otherwise. Barack Obama understood that.

  2. Barbara Williams November 16, 2019 at 11:48 am

    I like and respect President Obama, but I don’t necessarily agree with him here. I was never more frustrated than I was with all of the deals he cut on Obamacare. He had the House and the Senate and he could have passed a clean bill and gotten Single Payer or Medicare for All and been done with it. I appreciate what he did for the economy, but he moved far too slowly on progressive issues.

    I’m not a kid, I’m 58 years old. I’m not in anyone’s pocket but I’d like to see Elizabeth Warren elected. I don’t know if we can do that because Americans have their heads up their collective ass as far as women are concerned. I’d vote for Bernie, but then I’d vote for any Democrat. He doesn’t have my primary vote, though. Neither does Joe Biden.

  3. Anonymous November 16, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Actually, it’s very smart. Everything they say now is going to be used against them later. Whoever the candidate is, everything they’ve said and every second of video footage will be used against them. They’ll be sliced and diced and O’Keeferized for maximum smearage. The Democrats better be prepared to fight hard and fight dirty. No pulled punches and no taking the high road. They better be prepared to give back whatever the Republicans throw three-fold.

    The future of this country is literally at stake. If Trump is re-elected or if the Senate remains in the hands of the Republicans we will lose the SCOTUS, more lifetime nominations of unqualified extreme right wing Talibangelical Deplorables and who knows what else in the form of regulations and executive orders. Trump has already done extreme harm to this country. If he gets another term it will be irreparable. The Democratic Republic our Founding Fathers created will cease to exist. If Trump and the Republicans retain power in 2020, it may be our last free election.

    Remember, the census and redisticting is also coming up in 2020. So winning at the state level is also of the utmost importance.

  4. Anonymous November 16, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    He should have stayed out of it.
    You don’t need to do this, Joe.” Remember that? So why this?

    I LOVE that man, but please don’t tell me nor anyone else what the average American thinks.
    I am one of them, and he is not.

  5. Anonymous November 16, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Even if a lot of you are in love with Obama, and some of the things he accomplished, the fact is, he’s not one of us, he’s an elite, and he has a different set of friends than you or I do, and he and his family will never have to worry about health care like you and I do. And his ACA legacy he’s worried about has left, what, 30,000,000 of our countrymen suffering without health insurance? We might not personally know them, but these are real people and families who still suffer. We’re the richest country in the world, and while many countries today provide universal health care for their citizens, we somehow can’t? But both Democrats and Republicans will always find money for more bombs, and for bailing out the rich. That’s bullshit! Times are changing, and I’m listening to the people who say, “Yes we can,” not the ones who say “No we can’t.” That’s more than a little ironic, isn’t it?

    • Anon November 16, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      Not all rich people are assholes. No more than all Latinos are criminals nor all blacks gang bangers nor all Southerners dumb. Get a grip and learn to judge ALL people by their individual merits, not stereotypes.

    • Anonymous November 16, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      We are NOT the richest country in the world. “Yes we can!” stops with those in DC.
      “Oh look, the peasants are revolting!” and they LAUGH, believe me.
      Vote them OUT.

  6. Anon November 16, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Damn good advice! I wish they’d take it. But they won’t and that will usher in another term of far right insanity. Thanks a lot, knuckle heads.

  7. Anonymous November 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    The problem has and will always be the haves and the have nots. One day we may be equel but thats like 500 years down the road. We have entered the years when it is painfully clear we will not solve our problems especially with Trump channelling Marie Antoniette.

  8. OT? November 17, 2019 at 7:34 am

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