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Obama spearheads campaign against Sanders' nomination as Democratic presidential candidate

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The first votes for the Democratic presidential nomination will be cast in two months' time, in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. With former President Barack Obama taking the lead, the Democratic Party is moving to ensure that issues of social inequality and wealth distribution are excluded from the elections.

An article in Politico last week ("Waiting for Obama") reported that the "Democratic establishment is counting on [Obama] to stop Trump and, perhaps, stave off Bernie as well."

While noting that Obama's public position is that he will support whatever candidate is nominated, the article states, "There is one potential exception: Back when Sanders seemed like more of a threat than he does now, Obama said privately that if Bernie were running away with the nomination, Obama would speak up to stop him."

The report conforms to what Obama has said in statements over the past two weeks to party donors and fundraisers in Washington, DC and California. He claimed that the American people were opposed to any radical change. "This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement," Obama said. "They like seeing things improved. But the average American doesn't think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it... They just don't want to see crazy stuff."

He continued, "We also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds. Or the activist wing of our party."

While he did not name them, the meaning was clear, as the New York Times noted: "His comments offered an implicit critique of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren..."

The concern of the Democratic Party establishment is not over Sanders and Warren, both of whom are tested political operatives. Rather, they do not want to run an election that appeals even in a limited way to the class-based concerns of the vast majority of the population.

Beginning with Obama's statement that the 2016 election was an "intramural scrimmage" between two sides of the same team, the Democrats have sought to redirect popular hostility to Trump behind their militarist, anti-Russia campaign, the focus of the impeachment drive. This will be combined with efforts to promote divisions based on race and gender.

Obama was only the most prominent spokesman for a right-wing campaign throughout the month of November, including commentaries and editorials in the Times and the Washington Post (owned by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos), an op-ed from former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, and public statements from billionaires Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and Leon Cooperman, all attacking proposals by Warren and Sanders for a tax on accumulated wealth.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg went even further, officially announcing himself as a belated candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination and funding a $30 million advertising blitz that began last week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined in with an attack on the health care proposal identified with Sanders and Warren. "I'm not a big fan of Medicare-for-all," she said on Bloomberg TV, the cable network controlled by the billionaire now-candidate. She claimed that "there is a comfort level that some people have with their current private insurance."

Both Warren and Sanders have responded by shifting to the right. Warren has backpedaled on her "Medicare for All" proposal, releasing a "Plan B" that backtracks on the main component of her campaign.

For his part, Sanders was queried in last month's Democratic presidential debate about Obama's repudiation of revolution. "Is President Obama wrong?" the moderator asked Sanders. The Vermont senator shelved his rhetoric about "political revolution" and meekly replied, "No, he's right. We don't have to tear down the system, but we do have to do what the American people want."

Both Sanders and Warren accept the fraudulent presentation of the Obama administration as a "progressive" government that laid the basis for further social reforms. They make no criticism of Obama's bailout of Wall Street, his wage-cutting attacks on auto workers, or his slashing of federal support to public education and other social programs. They do not address the undeniable political fact that it was the alignment of the Obama administration with corporate America that drove sizeable sections of workers to turn their backs on the Democratic Party and either vote for Trump or stay home on Election Day in 2016.

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Exactly what the Republicrat, No Hope No Change NObama, would do.

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In his quest to be invited to membership on the Committee of 300 Obama failed miserably when he failed to get the TPP and TTIP trades agreements stripping each nation of their sovereign rights passed and then failing to get Hillary Clinton elected. He now is attempting to gain their approval by keeping Bernie Sanders off the Democrat ticket as Sanders would work against the Committee's agenda.

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Obama won the presidency at the only time in America's political history [sans Kennedy] that he had a real opportunity to change this nation [and by extension, many others] into a true democracy.

The country ended up pinning their hopes on a CIA corrupted puppet; two-faced phony back-stabbing coward who consistently LIED to his base about his "progressiveness" while making deals behind closed doors that removed any hope of the average citizen getting universal healthcare, or any semblance of the civil liberties that we had before Cheney/Bush cooked up 911 and created the fascist handbook the PATRIOT ACT.

Obama is the reason we have Trump. And now this enemy of democracy is spewing his sh*t again when in fact he should be in prison for mass murder and crimes against humanity.

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Obama was honest about his war policy, which as to be as to Bush2 as Nixon was to LBJ. Obama's initial campaign slogan was hope, which was Trump's platform too. It was false hope in both cases, of course.

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Let's not forget Buttigieg is being compared to Obama and his Rhodes Scholar indoctrination may well have transformed him into an Establishment puppet. He does appear better suited to the position of used car salesman than President.

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He does appear better suited to the position of used car salesman than President.


Which means he is the perfect choice for the job as far as the DNC is concerned.

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Obama is the reason we have Trump. And now this enemy of democracy is spewing his sh*t again when in fact he should be in prison for mass murder and crimes against humanity.

Bingo!

No Hope No Change NObama is the con artist that trump dreams to be someday.

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Former President Obama has been and is one of my favorite people. Having said that its clear he is in the same camp as the Clintons who I supported for a long time. I didn't want hrc in 2016 but voted for her unlike other stupid progressvies who didnt vote out of spite. I was furious at democrats in 2016 but still had enough sense not to do harm by putting a derranged psycopath in office. That scares me most about America. The 40 percent support this gangster when the obvious evidence is in their face. But its time for Obama and Cinton and other party elites to get out of the road and let the rank and file decide this election. Its their country not the elites. The democrat's leadership over the last 50 years is more responsible than republicans.who have used every form of deception invented to keep the rich and corporations in power. They , democrats, have acquieced to the coroporate power and begged for moderation. After 50 years of trying we now Know without a doubt that does not work and no Obama inspiration will change that fact. Its time for the conservative democrats to get out of the way or jump on the train. We thank him for a pretty amazing job on health care under incredible opposition That democrats help create and position republicans to keep control. If the election of Obama and Trump proves anything it shows we can put Liz or Berie in the office. Focus on the senate and we migt move the bar in the next decade.

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Make no mistake, had Hillary gained the White House we would in an illegal war with Iran, would have turned Syria into a cesspool like Libya, don't know what North Korea would be up to, would be on the brink of a nuclear disaster with Russia.

No, Trump was the lesser of evils. Still evil, but lesser.

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The ultimate betrayal and abandonment of his 2008 base. It was predicted by "Obama on the Couch" author Dr. Frank. To paraphrase; Having been abandoned twice by his mother he would abandon his supporters.

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The rabid right has controlled political power in this country ever since they installed Reagan. It was Karl Rove's job to make sure that the right kept power regardless of who was in the White House. He was wildly successful. We haven't had an election since--only 'selections'.

We now have 2 factions of rabids: The Pelosi-led poison, who continues to bully and sabotage authentic progressive Dems and hollow out the Democratic Party; becoming the mirror image of obstructionist and psychopath Mitch McConnell, et al.

We are the only nation on the planet calling itself a "democracy" which, with the exception of the rise and fall of FDR, has never experienced what it's like to have a PEOPLE'S president.

The shadow elite saw fit to install Trump via the Electoral College. With an IQ smaller than his foot size they considered him the best choice to manipulate. None had the foresight or intelligence to recognize the massive destructive force of Trump's insane, decomposing brain.

When Trump begins to hurt the bottom line of those that put him in the Oval Office he will be removed. Possibly the JFK way. In the meantime, this impeachment will go nowhere. People everywhere need to rise up, ASAP, and demand his removal under the 25th Amendment.



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