One of the roles of a former president is to hand out pearls of wisdom from time to time for people, particularly from his party, who want to be elected to the presidency after him. Former President Barack Obama exercised that privilege when he offered some sage words of advice to some of the people running for president on the Democratic side, particularly, most people think, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Fox News explains.
’The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it. And I think it’s important for us not to lose sight of that,’ Obama said.
’There are a lot of persuadable voters and there are a lot of Democrats out there who just want to see things make sense. They just don’t want to see crazy stuff,’ he said. ‘They want to see things a little fairer, they want to see things a little more just. And how we approach that I think will be important.’
Obama said these things at a meeting of a group of wealthy Democratic donors called the Democracy Alliance. Stacy Abrams, an African American politician who failed to become governor of Georgia and, like Hillary Clinton ruminating about why she did not become president, claims that she is either governor by right or that she lost because of racism, interviewed the former president publicly.
Obama did not name Warren and Sanders as politicians that might be proposing “crazy stuff.” But he did mention Medicare for All and a number of immigration proposals as things that might be turning off American voters.
The idea of Barack Obama, unarguably the most leftwing president of post-World War II America, suddenly becoming the voice of reason has raised eyebrows across the country. A number of questions arise. By crazy stuff, does he now admit that Obamacare, which did not turn out as advertised, was a little bit crazy as well? Or has the Overton Window in the Democratic Party moved so far to the left that Obama’s presidency now seems to be an era of quaint moderation?
Another piece on Fox News suggests that the hardcore of the Democratic Party is taking Obama’s remarks as bitter gall and wormwood. They are taking to Twitter with the hashtag #toofarleft to express their ire at the former president for whom they once went delirious over the idea of “Hope and Change.”
For instance, a former Hillary Clinton advisor named Peter Daou proclaimed what made him “too far left.”
“CONFESSION: I’m Too Far Left™ I’m #TooFarLeft because I want kids to be safe in school. I’m #TooFarLeft because I want people to live in dignity. I’m #TooFarLeft because I seek justice and equality. I’m #TooFarLeft because I think healthcare and housing are human rights.”
The irrepressible Ilhan Omar, the Somali American member of Congress who is as famous for allegedly marrying her brother and paying off her married lover with campaign funds as she is for her fiery rhetoric, chimed in.
“If being #TooFarLeft means believing:
Healthcare is a human right
Future generations should live on a healthy planet
All student debt should be canceled
The minimum wage should be $15
Lives depend on gun reform
Families don’t belong in cages Count me in! “
Former brat packer and foil for Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men” added, “I am #TooFarLeft because I believe that we cannot let greed cause the collapse of the ecosystem that supports all human life on earth.”
Obama’s statement and the #TooFarLeft reaction to it have gotten a number of pundits wondering whether they had fallen down the rabbit hole. Allahpundit, over at Hot Air, opined, “This dude might be more right-wing than Mitt Romney at this point.”
Hot Air went on to say that Obama has always had a tense relationship with what he calls, “the professional left.” Obama wanted to accomplish the great liberal project, which included tearing down much of the legacy of President Ronald Reagan, but some of his own side thought that he was a bit of a squish for wanting to do it incrementally and not in one, fell, revolutionary swoop. The Berniebros and the Warren fan club want to storm the Winter Palace. Obama wanted to legislate when he could and then when he no longer couldn’t, use his pen and his phone.
Now Obama is despised by many in his own party. Such a fate could, by some, be seen as Shakespearean in its scale and irony.