Former President Obama has gotten into the 2020 presidential election but not in the way that Democrats wanted him too.
The former president stepped in to warn Democrats that their extremist ideas are not going to work for the average American and how they could be the end of the Democrat Party, The Washington Post reported.
Obama on Friday urged Democrats running for the White House not to lurch too far left in their pursuit of the nomination, while at the same time seeking to quell concerns in the party about its 2020 hopefuls and the messy primary season to come.
The comments — made in Washington at a meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a powerful network of liberal donors — marked some of Obama’s most pointed words yet about a fluid primary in which he is not picking sides. They echoed previous comments in which he warned about the dangers of pursuing purity and rigidity in politics.
“This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement,” the former president said as he took thinly veiled shots at New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democrat presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“They like seeing things improved. But the average American doesn’t think that 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,” he said.
The speech by the former president could be seen by some as an endorsement of his former Vice President, and Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.
But it is tough to imagine that his next comment was anything other than a direct hit on Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar.
“My point is that 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 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 or the activist wing of our party,” the former president said.
The former president urged Democrats to not be frightened of the contentious primary, even as Deval Patrick and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are set to enter the campaign.
“For those who get stressed about robust primaries, I just have to remind you that I had a very robust primary,” former President Obama said.
He talked about his primary battle with Hillary Clinton in 2008, who was considered the favorite to win the Democrat nomination.
Clinton, who is a former first lady and former senator of New York, went on to join the administration as President Obama’s Secretary of State.
“We have a field of very accomplished, very serious and passionate and smart people who have a history of public service,” he said. “And whoever emerges from the primary process, I will work my tail off to make sure they are the next president.”
He gave Democrats a message of hope and change, the platform that worked for him on his road to becoming President of the United States in 2008.
“We have the better argument,” he said. “We can’t be arrogant about it. We can’t take for granted that somehow people, just, you know, the scales will fall from their eyes at some point.”
What is their better argument? “Are you’re exhausted with the booming economy? Annoyed with how your 401K is growing? Do you despise not being engaged in wars in foreign lands? If you are then the Democrat Party is for you.”
There does not appear to be anyone in the Democrat field that has any chance to defeat President Donald Trump and former President Obama’s speech sounds like he is keenly aware of it and making a desperate plea to Democrats to stop acting like Democrats.