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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Former VP Joe Biden has used Obama's beloved status among Democratic voters to insulate him from criticism from the massive field of candidates jockeying to be the next president but in recent weeks has had that legacy used against him, with his competitors pointing the to shortcomings of the last Democratic administration as evidence that Biden's not up to the task of leading the next one.

"Obama is incredibly popular among Democratic primary voters," Karthik Ganapathy, a progressive consultant said. "And also at the same time, there's a growing recognition that income and wealth inequality got worse under his eight years, the climate crisis got worse during his eight years, deportations went up during his time in office, and so on."

On issues stemming from immigration to health care and foreign policy, the 2020 candidates have been increasingly critical in their public assessments of the Obama administration, ironically echoing GOP criticisms from years past.

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Senator Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) campaign has used Obama's own words to challenge Biden's notion that Obamacare simply needs to be built upon. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) challenged Biden over the Obama administration's deportation policies. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) backed off support for the Obama administration's 2015 Iran nuclear deal as originally written. And Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) has attacked Biden for a naivete about dealing with Republicans -- in what has been interpreted as an implicit rebuke of Obama's own failure to fully grasp GOP recalcitrance.

The subtle targeting of Biden has come as Democratic activists and progressives have continued to grapple with the Obama legacy as well. In particular, the Trump administration's family separation policy and inhumane conditions in detention facilities has sparked a broader conversation among Democratic voters about whether the Obama administration's own similar deportation policies laid the groundwork for the current controversies.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-21 06:18 PM | Reply

the 2020 candidates have been increasingly critical in their public assessments of the Obama administration,

Guess President Awesome wasn't so awesome after all. Hahahaha.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-21 06:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

...and rightfully so. Obama's lies just sounded better. more sincere, like he was actually experiencing the same pain from his policies as we were. But, he doesn't have to worry about all that now from his mansion. He's got a couple of kids at Harvard to look after. shooting hoops. swimming in his pool.

I bet he doesn't mow his own lawn. Could you even imagine Obama getting out his old rusty gas can and pushing a lawn mower? I can't.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-21 06:28 PM | Reply

They are going to run out of long knives pretty soon.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-21 06:33 PM | Reply

Even the hardcore left Latino immigration advocacy groups are calling BS on the "Trump caused the immigration crisis" narrative:

Activists with Movimiento Cosecha, an immigrants rights organization, held a protest at Biden's Philadelphia campaign headquarters over a week ago and subsequently confronted him at a New Hampshire campaign stop.

"We wanted the general public to understand that just defeating Trump in 2020 is only part of the solution," Carlos Rojas Rodriguez, an organizer with the group, told The Daily Beast. "And there's a lot of people that think that if Trump was no longer in the White House that the immigration crisis would go away and that's just not true."

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-21 06:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"And there's a lot of people that think that if Trump was no longer in the White House that the immigration crisis would go away and that's just not true."

Define "go away"?

#6 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-21 07:04 PM | Reply

Yet, another Fake Lawyer deflection thread. Yawn...

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-21 07:11 PM | Reply

- Define "go away"?

Go back?

#8 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-21 07:20 PM | Reply

deflection thread. Yawn...

#7 | POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON

What's RoC deflecting from, GoofBag?

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-21 07:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I also thought that this was interesting, also FTA:

But some Obama veterans have not been surprised that the legacy they build is now being more directly challenged from within. But while they encouraged candidates to have a conversation about improving on the Obama administration, they also cautioned that it needed to be done carefully.

"It's imperative for all candidates to offer an agenda that builds on what Barack Obama accomplished and there is room for good faith criticism of the things we didn't do or could have done better," Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior adviser to the president said. "However, Obama has a 96-percent approval rating among Democrats so a strategy to beat Biden by going after the Obama legacy seems unlikely to succeed."

But the demands of the moment, from inequality to mounting student loan debt and a global climate crisis, have led a majority of the field to aim even higher than the lofty ambitions of Obama's first presidential campaign and to attack his record and results directly.

"If in 2008, we needed change, in 2020 we need results," Rebecca Katz, a longtime progressive Democratic consultant, said. "That's the difference."

Interesting that the Dems are just now starting to realize that results actually matter.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-21 07:22 PM | Reply

#9

Aborted Moron always feels threatened when confronted with reality, so he claims that same reality is a "deflection."

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-07-21 07:24 PM | Reply


If fmr VP Biden ties himself to fmr Pres Obama's legacy, which he has done, then this should be no surprise.

It's also one of the reasons why I dislike campaigns. Another example is the insanity of the Ground Zero Mosque.

Politicians trying to move the polls, nothing more, nothing less.

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-21 08:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


@#5 ... "And there's a lot of people that think that if Trump was no longer in the White House that the immigration crisis would go away and that's just not true." ...

I agree with that statement

There is a problem with our Southern border. If Pres Trump were to leave office, that problem (i.e., the Southern border problem) would not go away.

However, that is not to say that Pres Trump is not amplifying the problem and using it for political purposes. He is.

If Pres Trump wanted to start ending the problem, then he would have signed the bill the Republican Congress wrote, with input from the Trump administration, in June 2018 ( Trump just said he "certainly wouldn't sign" an immigration bill his White House helped write www.vox.com ). But he didn't.

For some reason he apparently wanted to keep the issue active.

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-21 08:31 PM | Reply

If Pres Trump were to leave office, that problem (i.e., the Southern border problem) would not go away.

But it would disappear from the conscience of the media and a Democrat President, until Liberals are finally ready for OpenBorders.

#14 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-21 09:08 PM | Reply

Of course they are.

They're stupid enough to believe their pandering to CA voters will do anything other than get more votes in CA.

Keep playing checkers, morons. Just don't whine when you find out you were supposed to be playing chess.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-21 10:59 PM | Reply

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