Within the Democratic election primary is the real contest of 2020: who can convince voters they’re most like former president Barack Obama, whom nostalgic alchemy has transformed into the closest thing the USA has to a political saint?
Democratic candidates are jumping through hoops to grab a piece of the halo that has (however undeservedly) accrued to the 44th president, and they aren’t exactly being subtle about it.
With the party convulsed by an outbreak of Trump Derangement Syndrome that shows no signs of subsiding, even those constituents who had become disillusioned with Obama by the time he left in 2016 would gladly welcome him back into the White House.
A pair of Democrats in Florida have sued to strike 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders from the state’s primary ballot, arguing the socialist stalwart is not a true member of their party and demanding votes in his favor be nullified.
The two Tallahassee men filed their lawsuit in a Leon County circuit court on Monday, calling for Sanders – who has surged to the head of the Democratic pack in recent weeks – to be disqualified from the Florida primary.
While the two plaintiffs – George Brown and Frank Bach – acknowledged that it is now too late to have Sanders’ name physically struck from ballots, given that more than 244,000 Florida Democrats have already cast early votes by mail, they urged state officials to set aside any votes in his favor and simply not count them.
The legal challenge appears to have little support among the Florida Democratic Party leadership, however, with the organization’s Executive Director Juan Penalosa dismissing the suit as “ridiculous.”
Buttigieg may be white, but his young age, slight political background, and Midwest launching pad becoming the first openly gay US president would be as significant an achievement as Obama breaking the race barrier.
Buttigieg’s coziness with Wall Street is straight out of Obama’s biography. Just as the young Illinois senator set an all-time record for the most contributions received from Wall Street when he ran in 2008, Buttigieg is blowing his rivals out of the water in contributions from the financial sector.
Biden, of course, was Obama’s vice president for eight years, and should logically be able to stake a claim whatever piece of the Obama legacy he desires. But Obama has conspicuously avoided endorsing his former running mate, and Biden’s constant name-dropping of his former boss can reek of desperation.
Bloomberg may have been openly critical of Obama while the latter was president, but that hasn’t stopped him from making a concerted effort to present himself as the recipient of the Nostalgia President’s endorsement in 2020.
Blitzkrieg Sanders has shied away from attempting to channel Obama, whether because his platform is considerably further left than the former president’s or because he realizes how ridiculous it would look for the septuagenarian Vermont Jew to adopt a black patois for pandering purposes.
However, he did compliment Fidel Castro’s literacy programs in Cuba, which is – according to mainstream pundits, at least – equivalent to defending mass murder. Obama, too, praised Castro’s education and healthcare programs.
Trump-traumatized Democrats shouldn’t feel too bad that his successor hasn’t materialized, though. While they may cling to the Obama years in the hope of waking up from what they’ve convinced themselves is an orange nightmare.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.