It should come as no surprise that leading Democrats will try nearly anything to make sure a Republican no longer sits in the White House. Hillary’s dark and unsuccessful attempt in 2016 is proof of that. However, what is surprising is the length that some will run to ensure specific candidates of their own party don’t succeed either.
In a day when it seems to always be one party against the other, it is nice to know that some, regardless of what side they play for, really just want the best, or what they think is the best, for our country. Former President Barack Obama is one such soul.
Now, I know he’s made his fair share of mistakes and by far was not the best at his position. However, it seems, at least in the wake of the ever-left running field of Democrats, that he just might be one of the only voices of reason for the party.
As the 2020 presidential election draws closer, we have started to see a rather startling, yet satisfying trend in the former president as he has warned candidates from his party time and time again to not sway too far left and out of what most of America wants. He claims that while most of their ideas are rooted in a good heart, they risk losing much of the country’s support by constantly pushing ideas that the nation simply isn’t ready for or are too outlandish for everyday citizens.
And he has an excellent point. Candidates will only isolate themselves if they promote policies that are not only unwelcome but not good for Americans.
These sentiments from Obama have earned him some ridicule and some to even claim that he is now a conservative or Republican himself. While this is most certainly a joke and not in the least bit valid, in comparison to some within the Democratic nomination field, it is easy to see why they would say such things.
And according to his advisers, he would even be willing to stop the nomination of specific candidates, who, in his opinion, are too far left. Well, at least one in particular. Any guesses?
According to his adviser Ryan Lizza, “Publicly, (Obama) has been clear that he won’t intervene in the primary for or against a candidate unless there was an egregious attack.”
Some would like to believe that the former president would whole-heartedly endorse his former Vice President, Joe Biden. However, Biden has made it publicly clear that he specifically asked Obama to not support him. After all, he should win on his own efforts and not on the coattails of Obama.
According to Lizza, a close adviser said, “I can’t even imagine with this field how bad it would have to be for him to say something.” Lizza says, “Instead, (Obama) sees his role as providing guardrails to keep the process from getting too ugly and to unite the party when the nominee is clear.”
However, Lizza says, “There is one potential exception: 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 out to stop him.”
Now, there has been no mention as to what Obama would actually do or say to stop such a nomination. And another spokesperson has said that Obama would campaign for and support whoever the nominee was.
However, one must consider just how true this could be. Furthermore, why would Obama be against Sanders, to begin with?
Could it be his Medicare for All plan that basically points at Obama’s Affordable Care Act as a failure? Potentially, but Sanders is not the only candidate to support a single-payer healthcare plan. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s M4A policy is nearly identical to Sanders.
In fact, nearly everything that Sanders is for, Warren has also proposed, from a wealth tax and open borders to reparation payments.
The only thing that really makes Sanders stand out is the fact that he has identified as an independent and socialist, technically. We could see why this would disturb the much more centrist Obama and cause him to act rather rashly to keep his party in check.
And with Sanders polling in second place behind Biden, according to RealClearPolitics and behind Pete Buttigieg in the first two voting states, Obama certainly has cause to worry.
The only question is: how much like Hillary Clinton is he willing to become.