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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:03 PM

Democrats Fear Obama Is Going Soft For The Midterms

The former president’s allies say his distance has been strategic and that he will ramp up his presence as voting nears. But some alums wonder if that plan is wise.

The Daily Beast
Sam Stein
10.16.18 4:42 AM ET

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With just three weeks to go before one of most critical midterm elections in modern American history, the most powerful figure in the Democratic Party has kept his distance.

Barack Obama’s involvement in the 2018 cycle was always bound to be limited. The former president has stressed his desire for the future generation of Democratic leaders to step up, along with a reverence for norms dictating that ex-presidents should not criticize current ones. But with fear growing within the party that they may not win back either chamber of Congress, even members of Obama’s alumni network are beginning to question whether the detachment is strategic at all.

“Everyone agrees that he is doing very little. There is just a debate as to whether that is savvy or not,” said one former top Obama official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to candidly discuss the ex-president. “I think the people who are closest to him are probably all pretty comfortable with him not being as actively engaged. The people in circles of influences outward wish he was being engaged more.”

To date, Obama’s engagement has been largely out of public view and consisted of the electoral equivalent of the low-hanging fruit. The 44th president has signed off on nearly 20 fundraising solicitations to go out under his name. He’s provided his endorsement to hundreds of candidates down-ballot. He has raised money for committees and given a speech about the fragile state of American democracy and youth participation in the midterms. But he’s held just three campaign events in 2018. His twitter feed, with more than 103 million followers, has mentioned the word “vote” three times in 2018.

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Angst with the level of Obama’s political engagement is nearly as old as Obama’s political career itself. Throughout his presidency, a common gripe among Democrats was that Obama failed to tend to the party’s infrastructure unless it directly impacted him—exemplified by the hundreds of state and federal seats lost across the country. He was clearly a gifted candidate. But those gifts never seemed to translate to others on the ballot. Often, when he did engage politically, it proved unhelpful to the those he campaigned with.

“To his benefit, and to his detriment, he doesn’t think politically. Why is it a benefit? He talked to me from the first year to the last year I was in office. He talked to you whether you were saying good or bad things about him. And, in the end, I said glowing things about him,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) told The Daily Beast. “But he is very cautious politically. Even in office.”

The criticism has followed Obama into his post-presidency, often because of factors outside of his control. Trump’s trampling of presidential norms, along with the threats his administration has posed to Obama’s legacy, has compelled Democrats to demand that Obama buck tradition and speak out more aggressively, whether it be on health care or the Supreme Court.

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Obama has been involved in his own political group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, whose goal it is to help buffer states against gerrymandering in 2020 and beyond, as well as with Organizing for America, the outgrowth of his presidential campaign apparatus. For those organizations, sources say, he’s done several fundraisers in addition to targeted endorsements. Publicly, meanwhile, Democratic campaign committees say they have no complaints about the former president’s level of engagement—with virtually every party acknowledging that there are some districts and states where his presence would prove counterproductive.

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:10 PM

Don't worry Dems, Hilary is ready, willing, and available to campaign for you, if the price is right.
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Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:52 PM

He’s going soft?...What happened to Reggie Love?
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Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:58 PM

View PostLiz, on 16 October 2018 - 08:03 PM, said:

The former president has stressed...a reverence for norms dictating that ex-presidents should not criticize current ones.


These leftwing rags all repeat this manifestly, ridiculously untrue statement, even though the guy has criticized the current president plenty in just these past two years. He's done it like a bitch instead of a man, with mostly veiled reference after veiled reference, but that's his way; he's always been a bitch, never a man, after all. Like I said, it's only been two years, and at this rate he will be the most critical ex-president in history, if he isn't already. I certainly can't remember in my lifetime a more vocal "Commentator-from-the-Peanut-Gallery ex-President" than this one. He's been at least as big a mouth as Bill Clinton, who's been out of office for so much longer.
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Posted 16 October 2018 - 10:18 PM

View PostBen Cranklin, on 16 October 2018 - 08:58 PM, said:

These leftwing rags all repeat this manifestly, ridiculously untrue statement, even though the guy has criticized the current president plenty in just these past two years. He's done it like a bitch instead of a man, with mostly veiled reference after veiled reference, but that's his way; he's always been a bitch, never a man, after all. Like I said, it's only been two years, and at this rate he will be the most critical ex-president in history, if he isn't already. I certainly can't remember in my lifetime a more vocal "Commentator-from-the-Peanut-Gallery ex-President" than this one. He's been at least as big a mouth as Bill Clinton, who's been out of office for so much longer.

I post this kind of whitewash primarily for laughs. No one but the most seriously deranged can take this seriously.
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Posted 16 October 2018 - 10:32 PM

The "hardest" I can remember Oblowme posturing was in 2010, when he was threatening to "kick BP's ass." I'm sure once it was explained to him that he'd have to go to Louisiana to do it, he quickly backed down, and just kept barking instead.

It won't be long before "obama" replaces "douche" on the packaging for feminine products.
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Posted 16 October 2018 - 10:41 PM

View PostBen Cranklin, on 16 October 2018 - 08:58 PM, said:

These leftwing rags all repeat this manifestly, ridiculously untrue statement, even though the guy has criticized the current president plenty in just these past two years. He's done it like a bitch instead of a man, with mostly veiled reference after veiled reference, but that's his way; he's always been a bitch, never a man, after all. Like I said, it's only been two years, and at this rate he will be the most critical ex-president in history, if he isn't already. I certainly can't remember in my lifetime a more vocal "Commentator-from-the-Peanut-Gallery ex-President" than this one. He's been at least as big a mouth as Bill Clinton, who's been out of office for so much longer.


Thank you. You beat me to it (and said it better than I probably would've.)

The suggestion that Obama has respected the norms dictating that "ex-presidents should not criticize current ones" is jaw-droppingly preposterous. He only stops bashing Trump when he needs to take another breath.

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 11:32 PM

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the most powerful figure in the Democratic Party has kept his distance.


Soros has been quite busy. I don't know what they've been paying attention to...
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Posted 17 October 2018 - 03:59 AM

I see this, Organizing for America has had a name change, I've always seen OFA spelled out to read Organize for Action. These are the 30,000 volunteers who were disrupting town hall meetings across the country not so long ago. Probably the same group engaged in driving people like Sara Sanders out of restaurants and carrying banners that read, "WE ARE UNGOVERNABLE.

Democrats are worried Obama's going soft, eh? Somebody needs to remind them he was out front campaigning hard in 2016, I don't recall that being a winning strategy either. :rofl:

This post has been edited by NH Populist: 17 October 2018 - 04:18 AM

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 05:32 AM

Obama who?
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Posted 17 October 2018 - 09:13 PM

Two things...
1. He was "president"--ergo, midterm house and Senate races are beneath him. He won you know....
2. He has no coattails to use Rush's term. There is nothing for anyone to ride. Unless you count his covered up scandals. His own VP couldn't even ride anything, nor was hildabeast able to. In fact, his endoresment probably cost her...
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Posted 17 October 2018 - 09:29 PM

They’re again calling this “one of the most critical elections”...... yeah they’re all critical because it’s always pitting “relatively reasonable teddy bears” in the GOP corner versus “full on socialist fascism” in the Dems corner.

Reasonable, rational people never have a choice!
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