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Saturday, April 06, 2019

Former President Obama expressed concern about the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, saying he feared it could end up undercutting allies.




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Obama said his perspective has changed throughout his political career.

"You should take some time to think in your own mind and continually refine and reflect, 'What are my core principles?' Because the danger is if you don't know what your principles are, that's when you compromise your principles away," he said. "You can't set up a system in which you don't compromise on anything, but you also can't operate in a system where you compromise on everything."

Obama's remarks come as over a dozen Democrats vie for the party's 2020 presidential nomination. Some candidates have angled to appeal to the party's burgeoning progressive wing that has garnered a reputation for criticizing politicians who, some say, have not taken bold enough steps to enact change.

Words to live by.

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2019-04-06 03:33 PM | Reply

Is Obama still letting his VP twist in the wind?

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-04-06 03:39 PM | Reply

Barack Obama gets rock star reception in Germany

...German Obamania showed no sign of abating on Thursday as nearly 15,000 people gathered in Cologne to hear Barack Obama talk about activism, feminism, climate change and leadership.

The atmosphere ahead of the event was like a rock concert, with excited fans of all ages clearly trying to take Instagram pictures as close to the stage as possible.

"I think he's one of the most influential, interesting, intelligent figures of our generation ... very empathetic. Especially when you compare him to Trump," Alex, 35, told DW.

Sarah, who has lived in Germany for eight years, gushed that "I saw President Obama speak twice in Austin, Texas when he was campaigning in 2008 and his energy was incredible ... I am really looking forward to seeing him again and hearing his unwavering message of hope and optimism in a time where it is much needed!"

The desire, it seemed, to remember a time when US leadership was less focused on nativism and alienating allies was palpable on Thursday night....

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-04-06 03:57 PM | Reply

imo, he's correct about the circular firing squad thing.

The last thing we need is for the Democrats to become as rigidly pure in policy as the Republicans are.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-04-06 04:01 PM | Reply

"... 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."


#5 | Posted by Corky at 2019-04-06 04:22 PM | Reply


I think that this is his first foray into ultimately backing Biden, it seems like he is trying to talk some sense into the Proggies.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-04-06 04:32 PM | Reply

It's what the communists did

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-04-06 05:37 PM | Reply


From my perspective the GOP had the spectrum of pov.

What I see on the left is candidates tripping over themselves to yell "free stuff".

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-04-06 05:40 PM | Reply

Via MSNBC, please enjoy a montage of Democratic 2020 candidates telling Al Sharpton they'll pass reparations as president.

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-04-06 07:52 PM | Reply

@#9 ... Via MSNBC, please enjoy ...

So it is good to see that you agree with fmr Pres Obama that this sort of stuff is not the way forward....

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-04-06 10:51 PM | Reply



Never mind that all our allies are socialist States. So is the USA, though less and less so each year, whether a Democrat or Republican rules.

#11 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-04-06 11:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Where Obama and the dems screwed up is their lack of support for people that worked with their hands; factory workers, carpenters, plumbers, construction workers, laborers, etc., people that represent the back bone of unions. Dems sold out to corporate interests by compromising with repubs on globalization, free trade and incentivizing manufacturing to move off shore. Democrats compromising resulted in people that voted for Obama holding their noses and voting for Trump because they knew that a vote for HRC would likely result in the same bad policies wrt to people that worked with their hands. IOW, they voted for the devil that they didn't know vs the devil that they did know.

By selecting the devil that they didn't know, voters expected turmoil. In fact, that may have been their objective: to let the pols in DC experience the same type of frustration and disruption that they faced. They will vote for Trump again if dems can't figure out why they are so angry. Dems pledging a $15/hr min wage is not enough. Dems will have to abandon policy positions that favor corporate interests i.e. free trade, globalization, tax incentives for off shoring, etc.

Also, 2020 dem candidates need to get on the Trump train when it comes to trade with China. Trump's aggressive position with China is necessary and would be more effective if it was bipartisan. Even Trump's position wrt trade with our friends (e.g. South Korea) is a step in the right direction but shouldn't be in public view.

#12 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-04-07 06:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#12, Like Obama, Trump promised CHANGE. Like Obama he never intended to deliver on that promise, it was just a ploy to gain votes.

I agree with much of your post, which doesn't include a deliberate policy, defined publicly in the early eighties, wherein the USA was going to be transformed into a service economy while manufacturing would be offshored. Don't worry, they said, no reason a service economy cannot be as strong as a manufacturing economy.


published 1982, we're all supposed to live on "information", its going to be great, as profitable as manufacturing without the risks associated with those dirty industries. So coders can make a decent living, while a handful of people accumulate massive profits in a manufacturing process which approaches zero in copying costs. Everyone else take a flying leap.

Bad policy , especially for a nation operating the most belligerent military force on the planet. Total BS.

#13 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-04-07 09:03 AM | Reply

All the Dems need are more votes to make to make these intra-party fights irrelevant. Let felons behind bars vote --Bernie Sanders. Lower voting age to 16--Pelosi and company. Amnesty and citizenship--the entire party.

#14 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-04-07 10:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Also, 2020 dem candidates need to get on the Trump train when it comes to trade with China.

Whatever Trump is for Dem candidates will be against.

Trump could really sink a candidate by agreeing with them, no matte what it was.

That is how messed up the Dem party is.

#15 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-04-07 11:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Never mind that all our allies are socialist States.

No they aren't they social welfare programs you like, they all rely upon Capitalism to make it go.

They all get money from the US and eventually on the backs of US tax payers, heaven forbid Trump ask them to pay their fair share.

#16 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-04-07 11:05 AM | Reply

#16, ALL nations are a unique blend of socialism and capitalism, so I'm not sure what the point is to your denial.

All modern industries get off the ground with massive Government investments in research and bailouts, not just 2008. Left to themselves most capitalist ventures would go bankrupt at some point. Microsoft enjoys a monopoly position protected from copycats by US Courts, which cost them nothing, unless they decide to sue someone or someone sues them. The internet was built with Government dollars until a few got to reap its benefits when they saw the advertising potential. Health science is a burgeoning field thanks to government research. In earlier times tariffs protected infant US industries, until the worthless Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman invented the income tax system as a payroll deduction. Prior to that period the US Government operated entirely off tariffs and the printing press. Bezos and Musk space programs would be NOTHING without NASA.

There is plenty of money. The only reason balancing the budget ever comes up is the people in charge do not want to feed or educate hungry children. There is never any such constraint on building more weapons of mass destruction.

#17 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-04-07 04:41 PM | Reply

#16, Foreign Aid constitutes 0.4% of the Federal budget, and is almost always delivered as a conditional loan. Condition being the money is spent on services from US contractors. In the past, the US has funded most of NATO, because its our way of projecting power. The EU is along for the ride but as a subordinate still grateful for US intervention in WWII. Many EU nations distrust Russia and want US backing. But Russia today wants trade, not war. The US military industrial complex wants to keep Russia an arch enemy, because enemies are good for profits.

#18 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-04-07 04:49 PM | Reply

"#16, ALL nations are a unique blend of socialism and capitalism, so I'm not sure what the point is to your denial."

Untrue. All nations contain a unique form of corporatism, but it is all 100% backed up by market forces. When markets are denied or suppressed, you wind up Venezuela.

#19 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-04-08 10:47 AM | Reply

There is plenty of money*.

* if you can convince people to soak the poor with 50% income tax and highly regressive 25% VAT.

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-04-08 11:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Well... they might... realistically speaking... on the other hand... they might not.

First... we need to stop with the ghost stories... either as a reciter or a listener.

#21 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-04-08 12:31 PM | Reply

Obama's wrong because we all know that the left's politicians are the most knowledgeable and brilliant on the planet, so they would, of course, avoid making such a mistake.

#22 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-04-08 01:43 PM | Reply

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