It wasn’t very long ago that the Democratic Party held Barack Obama up as a kind of living saint, a savior who had delivered America out of the dark days of the Bush administration and into the glory of a post-racial world. But with the party zooming to the left as quickly as its collective spirit will take it, even the quasi-socialist Obama is too moderate for the current crop of candidates. Thus, in their zeal to destroy frontrunner Joe Biden (who, frankly, has little to recommend himself for the presidency other than his tenure as Obama’s vice president), they are chopping away at the man they once revered.
Biden spent the evening on Wednesday fending off attacks from his leftist challengers, and while many of those attacks were centered on Biden’s pre-Obama record in the Senate, not all of them were. At several points in the evening, Biden’s Democratic challengers seemed as eager as Donald Trump to trash 44’s policies. When it comes to rallying the radical base, it seems, there is no such thing as sacred ground.
At one point, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio challenged Biden on what he’d done to oppose President Obama’s policies of mass deportation.
“I asked the vice president, point blank, if he used his power to stop those deportations,” the mayor said. “If you want to be president of the United States, you need to be able to answer the tough questions. I guarantee you, if you’re debating Donald Trump, he’s not going to let you off the hook. So did you say those deportations were a good idea or did you go to the president and say this is a mistake, we shouldn’t do it? Which one.”
“I was vice president,” Biden explained. “I’m not the president. I keep my recommendations in private. Unlike you, I expect you would go ahead and say whatever was said privately. That’s not what I do. What I do say to you is, he moved to fundamentally change the system. That’s what he did. That’s what he did. But much more has to be done, much more has to be done. “
Sen. Cory Booker wasn’t satisfied with that response.
“You can’t have it both ways,” Booker said. “You invoke President Obama more than anyone in this campaign. You can’t do it when it’s convenient and then dodge it when it’s not.”
The candidates, on both nights, took quite a bit of pleasure in trashing Obamacare as a relic of the past that was far inferior to their plans of rolling out universal Medicare.
The pile-on did not go unnoticed by Obama’s allies.
“To my fellow Democrats: Be wary of attacking the Obama record,” said former Attorney General Eric Holder on Twitter. “Build on it. Expand it. But there is little to be gained – for you or the party – by attacking a very successful and still popular Democratic President.”
Yeah, but in the tireless search for the most socialist, open-borders position available, 2020 Democrats are willing to trash anyone, any former president, any current Democrat, and any legacy they deem unworthy of their progressive ideals.
Like we said, it’s pretty damn funny.