The Democratic Party has been compared to a rudderless ship adrift at sea.
The party’s leadership has been decapitated as Hillary Clinton failed in her Presidential bid and down ballot losses which have seen the Party lose over 1,000 seats at all levels of government during the Obama era.
So leftists are begging Obama to do one thing.
They want him to continue the fight against President Donald Trump.
While ex-President’s normally don’t comment on the day-to-day affairs of their successors, the left desires a national leader to act as the face of their opposition to Trump.
Politico reports many would like that to be Obama:
“Democrats anxious over the future of their party and despondent over Donald Trump’s victory are pushing for President Barack Obama to more actively wield his status as the liberal standard-bearer to counter Trump’s presidency.
Obama’s remarks since the election have given his political base hope that he’s planning to abandon the George W. Bush model of receding completely from politics after Inauguration Day. He’s even stepped up his warnings about the crumbling of American values in the wake of the Russian hacking revelations, despite his pledge to facilitate a smooth transition.
Now, the Democrats at the front lines of the Trump resistance say they want to hear Obama’s battle cry — their yearning is a sign that Obama, even as he steps down from power, remains the only clear standard-bearer of a broken Democratic Party.
“Many of us are scared about what the future holds — and hopeful he will continue to play a public role in the movement,” said Lynda Tran, a founding partner, with other Obama campaign alumni, of 270 Strategies, a political consulting firm. “It’s not that anyone expects him to offer a road map to victory; we know that is our job and that his campaigns and his administration were about empowering us as individuals. But we sure are looking forward to hearing him fire up the crowd — as much as he is willing and able to do.”
For his part, Obama opened the door to taking up the role as the voice of this opposition.
While he said in an interview with former chief strategist David Axelrod that he will have a period where he will “be quiet”, he will eventually comment on national affairs.
From the CNN transcript of the interview:
“So I — I think over the next 45 days, what I can say is here’s how I would do it if I were sticking around, but I’m not sticking around. I — by virtue of the Constitution and because I believe in the wisdom that George Washington showed, that at a certain point, you make room for — for new voices and fresh legs.
Now, that doesn’t mean that if a year from now or a year and a half from now or two years from now, there is an issue of such moment, such import, that — that isn’t just a debate about a particular tax bill or, you know, a particular policy but goes to some foundational issues about our democracy that I might not weigh in. You know, I’m still a citizen and — and that carries with it duties and obligations.
But — but the day-to-day scrum, that’s not only — not only is it contrary to tradition for the ex-president to be involved in that, but I also think would inhibit the development of those new voices. And I know they’re out there; I’ve seen them. You know them too, it’s just…”
He gave lip service to the idea of following the custom of ex-President’s refraining from commenting on their successor’s performance, but he did allow himself all the leeway he would need to publicly criticize Trump.
These comments also fit with other recent remarks Obama made where he gives himself a time frame for when he would begin to actively comment on national affairs.
Democrats are desperate for a leader.
Their Congressional leadership has failed in every bid to retake power.
The party’s bench of potential leaders was decimated by voter backlash to the Obama agenda.
And Democrats are currently embroiled in an internal fight over who will be the next party chair.
Will Obama assume the mantle of leader for a party in exile?
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