September 23, 2019

HE'D BE A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN IN DONALD'S PARTY:

2020 Dems Love Obama, Hate Obama's Policies: For both good and ill, the Democratic field has moved so far to the left that 2012 Obama would have a hard time fitting in. (MATT WELCH | 9.23.2019, reason)

How does a political party replicate the electoral success of its most revered member even while repudiating a whole host of his policies? That's the riddle facing Democrats in 2020.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released last week put numbers on what has long been a visceral cultural nostalgia for the 44th presidency. Ninety percent of Democrats hold a favorable view of Barack Obama today, compared with just 4% unfavorable (Bill Clinton, by contrast, is at 64/15). Sixty-nine percent hold a "very positive" view of Obama, up 8 percentage points over 2015. Most relevant, 78% say they are "satisfied" that the previous occupant of the White House "did as much as was possible at the time in addressing issues facing the country."

So why, then, on issue after issue, are the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders staking out positions far to the left of anything Obama ever imagined -- even while attempting to bask in his holy glow?

Ideologues on either side can't process the continuity from Reagan to Obama and Thatcher to Cameron.

Posted by at September 23, 2019 5:18 PM

  

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