Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Obama Alums Call out Bernie's Firebaggers

Bernie is desperate not to admit that he is running against the Obama years but this is what it amounts to. And most Democrats think the President was very successful.

That doesn't mean that we don't still have some major problems. While the economy came back and many jobs have been created, while manufacturing has come back, the truth is that wages continue to stagnate as the rich got richer.

This is a problem that needs to be addressed and HRC has a strong plan to raise wages. A big part of it is to reform and regulate the gig economy.

But do we build on the gains of the Obama years or is there a need to repudiate them in favor of a revolution?

Even in Iowa most wanted to continue with Obama policies rather than move further to the Left.

The folks that are backing Bernie, though are the same Firebaggers who hated Obama from the start and never had anything good to say about him. They wanted to primary him in 2012.

At places like Jane Hamsher's site there was just raw hatred of President Obama. There were those who declared 'He is just pure evil.' So the Obama team has long been over the Firebaggers.

"There’s nothing that drives Obama and his current and former aides crazier than the idea that he’s not a true progressive, or that he’s sold out on his principles. The people who make that argument, they think, are noisemakers who started out reading more into Obama than he ever promised himself, who are never be satisfied with anything, and who are now willfully ignoring Obama’s record for the sake of their own talking points."

"Sanders embodies all that to them."

"And they feel the campaign that he’s been running, including some of its closing elements, is rubbing their faces in it—particularly after the Vermont senator spent the last weeks trying to draw closer to Obama. So they’ve spent their last few hours before the Iowa caucuses tearing him apart."

“He seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth,” said Tommy Vietor, an Obama 2008 campaign alum and former National Security Council spokesman. “He knows that Obama’s at a 90 percent approval rating in Iowa. He’s seemingly tempered his language in trying to play up all the work Obama did, but also offering criticisms that aren’t really rooted in the realities of what happened.”

It’s hard to find someone connected with Obama who hasn’t spent the past 48 hours pointing out the president’s sky-high numbers from Saturday night’s Des Moines Register poll.

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It's clear that while Bernie tries to spin it, Hillary is Obama's heir, not Bernie. And nothing shows this more than who Bernie chooses for his black surrogates starting with Cornell West.

“What’s frustrating is a very, very, very small minority of progressives hold this point of view, but for whatever reason, they seem to have this giant megaphone,” said Mitch Stewart, who ran Obama’s 2008 operation in Iowa and moved immediately to the president’s reelection campaign.

Sanders’ blurb for liberal talk show host Bill Press’s new book, "Buyer's Remorse: How Obama let Progressives Down”—longer and less cutting in full than the excerpt on the cover, which reads "Bill Press makes the case ... Read this book”—pushed them over the edge, even though they know the quote was set long before Obama hosted Sanders in the Oval Office last week.

“Sanders closing with Cornel West and embracing idea of Buyer's Remorse with @POTUS,” Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, who’s endorsed and advised Clinton, wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “Be honest then Senator - run firmly against Obama record.”

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