Who is the most popular Democratic President in the modern era? Hands down, it’s Barack Obama, who has been placed on such a high pedestal by Democrats even before his tenure was finished that many thought his legend would never be brought down to earth, at least not in the minds of progressives.
That thinking is so 2018.
The man who gave us Obamacare, gay marriage, and DACA is quickly transforming into “yesterday’s Democratic Party” representative. From family separation and “cages” at the border to attempted trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership that rubbed progressives the wrong way, many of the policies Obama pushed seem to be anathema in the rapidly evolving Democratic Party of today.
Could the champion of progressives past be the goat of progressives present? If so, what does that say about his Vice President’s chances of winning the nomination?
It’s a natural side-effect of a party that is lurching so far to the left, those in the center can only see a distant speck when they try to peer in their direction. Moderates still remain, of course, which is why Biden still leads. But considering he’s the lone major moderate in a sea of hyper-leftists at the top, one would think he’d be closer to 50% by virtue of not being a socialist.
Some might argue that it’s just too early to tell, and polls are giving inaccurate numbers because the vast majority of the population couldn’t name eight of the 23 candidates off the top of their head. If they know Mayor Pete Buttigieg, they probably only know he’s gay. If they know Kamala Harris, they may only recognize her from her handling of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. But it’s still odd that the lone major moderate is losing ground, not gaining it.
The reality is this: Today’s Democratic Establishment is dying a faster-than-expected death at the hands of the Democratic Socialists who place the blame on them for delivering President Trump to the Oval Office. They say Bernie Sanders would have won the general election if he didn’t get cheated by the DNC. They also say socialism has never been truly tried, which should tell you where they stand in respects to grasping the realities of this world.
But instead of looking to Hillary vs Bernie, we should be looking at the beacons that are glowing within the party. Nancy Pelosi might be Speaker of the House, but it’s Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley who are speaking on behalf of Democrats in the House. Chuck Schumer might be the Senate Minority Leader, but Sanders, Harris, and Elizabeth Warren are representing the will of the party within the Senate.
All of this points to one inevitable conclusion: for the New Democratic Party to emerge, they’re going to have to tear down the legacy of Barack Obama. He’s not the paragon of hyper-leftist thought we all assumed he was when he was President. As far to the left as most Republicans felt he was, his policies are downright moderate and even conservative compared to the way the party has been heading just in the last couple of years. To be clear, I’m not suggesting he was a moderate. I’m saying he will be called a moderate by those who are steering the party away from the middle.
And if he’s declared a moderate, he can no longer be the progressives’ champion.
The radicalization of the Democratic Party by the hyper-leftists has been swift and unprecedented. Obama’s legacy in the eyes of progressives will be as a stepping stone at best. That should scare you about the unhinged nature of the New Democratic Party.
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