Even he knows they aren’t doing too hot…
On Friday, former President Barack Obama cautioned Democratic presidential hopefuls to pay close attention on what voters are thinking — noting that many of them don’t want to “tear down the system.”
“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 continued. “They want to see things a little more fair, they want to see things a little more just. And how we approach that I think will be important.”
At a gathering of the Democracy Alliance, a group of wealthy Democratic supporters, the two-term Democratic president made the comments. Stacey Abrams, who lost the gubernatorial election in Georgia last year, interviewed him.
Obama has remained largely on the margins of the 2020 Democratic Primary and still hasn’t endorsed a contender — even though former Vice President Joe Biden has regularly mentioned his name. But he has made comments that he may be apprehensive about the Democratic Party’s shifting to the extreme left on a variety of issues.
He did not identify any candidates on Friday, but cited immigration and health care policy as indicators on where Democrats could be different from the populace.
In recent weeks, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both released immigration plans and “Medicare-for-all” plans. Warren’s government-led health care system overhaul would eventually eliminate private health insurance at the expense of $52 trillion, while Sanders’ immigration plan contains extreme policies including benefits for illegal immigrants and a complete ban on all deportations.
“Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds,” Obama said.
The statement on Twitter feeds parallels comments he made last month when the former president took aim at “woke” value signs and cancel culture, urging an audience in Chicago to “get over” their obsessions with ideological purity checking.
“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke, and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” Obama said. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids, and share certain things with you.”