It’s only when the ground buckles and snaps in an earthquake that we’re aware that the land had already been moving. Moderate Democrats in Washington must similarly be wondering what happened as they struggle to accept that they are no longer the dominant force in the party.
After years of being relegated to an afterthought and being told that moving too quickly or too far to the left would alienate voters, progressives are firmly in the driver’s seat in Washington.
This isn’t about swing seats or pushing communities “too far left.”
It’s about accountability. Working families deserve so much better. And if we aren’t willing to admit where we can do better, then what is the point?
Our job is to serve the people, not the powerful.
Establishment and Wall Street Dems are misreading the winds of public sentiment if they believe moderation is a winning political strategy for 2020. There is no constituency for a presidential candidate who prescribes half-measures to put out a fire.
And polling indicates that.
“When I talk about health care being a human right and ending the embarrassment of America being the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care for every man, woman and child, that’s not tearing down the system,” he said, according to the New York Times. “That’s doing what we should have done 30 years ago.”
Answering questions on a forum aired by Univision, a Spanish-language TV network, he was asked whether Mr Obama was „right“ to say voters didn’t want systemic change.
Mr Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist and progressive, laughed and said: „Well, it depends on what you mean by tear down the system.“
Ms. Warren declined to address Mr. Obama’s implicit criticism, and instead praised the former president’s efforts on health care.
“I so admire what President Obama did. He is the one who led the way on health care and got health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans when nobody thought that was possible,” she said, speaking to reporters after a campaign event in Waverly, Iowa.
The hashtag „TooFarLeft“ trended on Twitter on Saturday morning, in part because of comments made Friday by former President Obama.
Obama spoke at a fundraising meeting Friday evening and warned donors of the danger of the 2020 Democratic primary field moving too far to the left.
„Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality,“ Obama said. „The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.“