With the Democratic Party desperately seeking a dose of unity ahead of the hotly contested 2022 midterms, the latest rant from former President Barack Obama is not what the doctor ordered.
The Democrats have long been engulfed in a bit of a civil war within their own party, as the progressive radicals on the far left attempt to shame their centrist counterparts as curmudgeonly codgers with little to no discernible backbone. And, when they don’t get their way, the liberal left simply abstains from party politicking altogether – which is precisely the sort of attitude that pushed the Bernie Bros to abandon Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
Now, and the 2022 election remains too close to truly predict, one of the Democratic Party’s most influential members is making a rather shocking statement.
Obama, speaking to four of his former employees on the Pod Save America podcast, said that some people within his party need to cool down the temperature and understand that everyone makes mistakes.
He said: ‘Sometimes Democrats are [buzzkills]. Sometimes people just want to not feel as if they are walking on eggshells, and they want some acknowledgment that life is messy and that all of us, at any given moment, can say things the wrong way, make mistakes.’
And he didn’t stop there:
Obama added that his fellow Dems should learn from what he felt were his mistakes as president, saying: ‘I used to get into trouble whenever, as you guys know well, whenever I got a little too professorial and, you know, started … when I was behind the podium as opposed to when I was in a crowd, there were times where I’d get, you know, sound like I was giving a bunch of policy gobbledygook.’
He noted: ‘That’s not how people think about these issues. They think about them in terms of the life I’m leading day to day. How does politics, how is it even relevant to the things that I care the most deeply about?’
Obama’s comments come at a crucial time, as political pundits and experts alike see the Republican Party making major gains in November’s election.