Obama pushed the Democrats to the left while he was president. Now he is warning his party that the progressive wing could end up hurting them in the short and long runs.
The Hill reports:
Obama: I worry progressives may undercut Democratic allies
Former President Obama expressed concern about the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, saying he feared it could end up undercutting allies.
Speaking at a town hall event on Saturday for the Obama Foundation in Berlin, the former president spoke about the need for compromise in politics, citing the Affordable Care Act as something that he said signified progress even though it did not achieve all of his aspirations for U.S. health care.
“One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States —maybe it’s true here as well — is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, ‘Uh, I’m sorry, this is how it’s going to be,’ and then we start sometimes creating what’s called a ‘circular firing squad,’ where you start shooting at your allies because one of them has strayed from purity on the issues. And when that happens, typically the overall effort and movement weakens,” he said.
“So I think whether you are speaking as a citizen or as a political leader or as an organizer … you have to recognize that the way we structure democracy requires you to take into account people who don’t agree with you, and that by definition means you’re not going to get 100 percent of what you want,” he added.
The ironic aspect of this is that Obama helped create this situation. The new far left gained tons of steam during his presidency.
From the Washington Examiner:
Obama helped create the ‘circular firing squad’ he’s now warning Democrats to avoid
Former President Barack Obama was on to something last week when he warned of a “circular firing squad” within the Democratic Party. But, like most people, he doesn’t really understand what’s going on, or his own role in creating it.
The defining characteristic of the modern Democratic Party is its fealty not to any specific progressive policy, but to the social justice movement and its demand that privilege kneel before the altar of grievance. That is the feature that will undo the party’s national appeal, and it’s why two of the Democrats’ leading 2020 candidates felt it was necessary to apologize for being white.
Social justice ideology goes back decades, but its rot only really began to seep out of academia during the Obama years. The president himself encouraged it by feeding the identity politics that make up much of the movement.
Democrats may end up destroying themselves in the end. The party is already fractured.