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Thursday, August 01, 2019

He's the most popular Democrat by far, revered by liberals, moderates and even some Republicans. But President Obama -- who has remained largely silent amid a rancorous Democratic primary -- came under a harsh spotlight as candidates picked apart aspects of his legacy during Wednesday's debate.

The blistering criticism underscores a dramatic shift underway inside the Democratic Party. "I must tell you, I was a little surprised how much the incoming was about Barack," Biden said Thursday at a post-debate stop to mingle with Michigan voters.

Rahm Emanuel, Obama's first chief of staff, said Democratic presidential candidates were being extraordinarily short-sighted and wrong-headed by assailing the Obama administration's record, rather than trying to build upon it.

"We have seen this movie before. Democrats need to wake up," Emanuel told CNN. "I would not treat the Obama years as something to be airbrushed out of history. Every one of these things needs to be built upon."

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I agree 100% with this statement by Mayor Emanuel:

In an interview on Thursday morning, less than 12 hours after the debate ended, the displeasure was clear in Emanuel's voice. Several of the party's presidential candidates were misreading the electorate, he said, and should be taking cues from last year's successful midterm elections when Democrats reminded voters that Trump and Republicans are trying to wipe out the Affordable Care Act.

"Everybody has got to be kidding me here," Emanuel said. "You have a perfect set up. President Trump is suing to undue it. We won an election on it. I don't get this."

Some of the shots that were being taken last night at Vice President Biden were ill-advised, since I guarantee you that someone in Cheetolini's media group is saving these sound bites to use against the eventual nominee.

Unbelievable.

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2019-08-01 04:40 PM | Reply

Hahahahaha. History repeats itself. The Left always turns on itself and starts purging the less extreme Left.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-08-01 04:55 PM | Reply

Obama did a good job.

Liberals who don't get this can move to North Korea.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2019-08-01 06:06 PM | Reply

If they learn something, can they come back?

#4 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-08-01 06:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#3

Racist.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-08-01 06:10 PM | Reply

"If they learn something, can they come back?"

Doubtful they would.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2019-08-01 06:11 PM | Reply

How dare they question Obama's 10,000 lies (and counting).

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-01 06:32 PM | Reply

Sheeple - no relation to this thread, but watching the local news, I see there was some kind of kerfuffle in HB. How'd your trip go?

#8 | Posted by Karabekian at 2019-08-01 07:07 PM | Reply

I agree this is a terrible miscalculation by the far left candidates. They're trying to out-Trump Trump, as a mirror image of him. This will not bring back the previous Obama voters who flipped to Trump in 2016.

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-08-01 11:17 PM | Reply

We're gonna get 4 more years of Trump.

The Dems are just too good at kicking their own asses.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-02 07:17 AM | Reply

Think about how many congressional seats and governor mansions were list during Obama's 8 years. These attacks don't surprise me. Also, these attacks are mostly due to Biden being the front runner. Tuesday night 8 candidates were trying to sound reasonable and attack the two Socialist front runners.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-02 11:08 AM | Reply

Obama's legacy was one of utter failure from the standpoint of one who voted for him in 2008.

Eight more years of war, plus what was left ongoing when he left office.

Not one banker prosecuted after the recession.

Increase rather than abolition of Patriot Act type powers, NSA, domestic spying, extra-judicial killings, etc.

Foreign policy indistinguishable from neocon predecessors.

Not even an attempt at single payer.

Continuing militarization of police forces.

Ongoing war on (some) drugs, while not even allowing buying cheaper from countries like Canada, to keep the cash flow going for approved drug dealers.

Etc

This is why Hillary lost. The even more hawkish successor who wished to carry on that legacy was somehow supposed to excite the democrat base, based on that? And yet, somehow the candidates for 2020 have caught on that Obama failed the left, yet have completely misconstrued the conclusion to believe they need to be more left - not on healthcare, social safety net, education, and above all, foreign policy (though many have included some of the healthcare and education bits at least) but gone more left instead on immigrants over citizens, on racial divisions they are helping to cause, on idiotic plans to just "forgive" student debt rather than fix the broken over-expensive system. Or worse, on foreign policy, they haven't even gone left, they've gone right when Trump went left just for the sake of opposition.

It's no shock they've turned on Obama. What is shocking is how they've managed to focus on the most self-defeating, divisive possible ways of doing so. A bunch of authoritarian pro-war "leftists" far more concerned with being socially than economically and internationally left, pandering to illegal immigrants and Twitterati incapable of seeing outside their own bubble.

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory 101.

#12 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2019-08-02 03:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"This is why Hillary lost."

Nah, I don't think most people who voted for Obama but against her saw her as an extension of the Obama administration. More like an opportunist who was riding on Obama's coattails, just like she rode on her husband's. Obama actually spoke out a few times against people on the left who want to silence and censor those they disagree with. She was silent about it. I said a number of times before the election she needed to have a "Sistah Souljah" moment, but people here were like "no she doesn't".

#13 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-08-02 05:01 PM | Reply

"Obama's legacy was one of utter failure from the standpoint of one who voted for him in 2008."

If those eight years were failure, I'd hate to see success.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-02 05:09 PM | Reply

His crowning legacy was resurrecting corporate slavery.

He engaged in puffery. Smooth and eloquent con artist. A Hollywood prop. The only thing he and his wife really care about is lining their pockets with gold. Currently using his knowledge of Hollywood's perversity, to do just that. Do you people really think he had no knowledge of Weinstein before he pimped his daughter to intern with his production company?

Groomed by a master Chameleon, Steven Spielberg, whom happens to be 1 of 2 men I'd like to have 5 minutes in locked room with a baseball bat. He is evil beyond your comprehension. In fact, I would abuse that bastards corpse.

You people are fools, no wonder you're so easily conned.

#15 | Posted by gitmboy at 2019-08-02 07:49 PM | Reply

"His crowning legacy was resurrecting corporate slavery."

How long does it take you to cook a vegan breakfast wrap while yelling at your parents to send you more money rather than get a real job?

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2019-08-02 08:16 PM | Reply

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