The Guardian: Obama Allegedly Plots Pivotal Role in Democratic Primary
There's a disturbing entry in the Guardian's liveblog of today's news, in a summary of an article from The Atlantic. Apparently there is a strategy being discussed among Obama and his aides how Obama might decide the outcome of the primary election for 2020, just in case some one who is "divisive" or "unelectable" ends up being a probable winner. They want Obama to have a major role as a "broker" in deciding the Party's nominee in the event that there is a contested convention, and want him to be the ace in the hole in case the voters want an undesirable nominee. After all, why allow mere mortals who vote have too much sway? Too much democracy is dangerous.
So it's business as usual. It's not that it comes as a surprise the Democratic party elites would put their fingers on the scale (again) in the latest presidential Democratic primary. What's new about that? Nothing at all. It's business as usual, but I just hope people are ready for some new voices in nominating a president and that this kind of back-room manipulation gets some push-back. With the climate crisis looming, and our very existence threatened, and with us once again on the brink of a new war in Iran, we need a bold choice.
Because, fuck this shit.
One can dream that this dreadful descent into center-right politics of Democrats (desperately touted as progressivism by the dimwitted purveyors of the status quo in the blogosphere) will come to an end and finally allow some sanity to emerge, but I won't hold my breath.
There’s an interesting article in the Atlantic about how Barack Obama is “more popular than Jesus” among Democrats, but the crowded field seeking the party’s nomination for the 2020 election doesn’t quite know what to do with his popularity:
Obama remains firm that he won’t endorse soon, while aides are stressing that he might get involved later in the process—presumably, the thinking goes, to stop a candidate he sees as too divisive or likely to lose from becoming the nominee. (This hasn’t been specified, but most assume it would be to stop Bernie Sanders.)
Obama and his aides have carefully guarded when and how to deploy him; some have even theorized he could be called on to broker who the 2020 nominee is, if the primaries finish without a clear winner and Democrats face a contested convention.