Obama is Right
The part of the left that lives and breathes politics on twitter has pushed candidates to take stands on issues contrary to our best interests. That small subset of hobbyists has an outsized influence as they are posting and reposting all of the outrage de jour. Most candidates, their staff, and the media follow the same or similar twitter posters. What "everyone" thinks becomes an issue a candidate has to comment on and come up with a policy or they get gossiped about because they don't have a policy.
Obama mentioned health care and immigration but he might well of said guns and global warming, the same applies to most issues. Assuming a candidate wins office it's impossible to predict what sort of senate they might have to deal with, but it's a pretty good bet that things will be close enough to evenly divided with either Republicans or Red state dems controlling the agenda. We aren't going to become Denmark via electing a president any more than we became Nazi Germany by electing Trump.
Health care is going to take a long time, and no one has any idea how it will turn out. Splitting hairs about M4A is beyond ridiculous. I voted against single payer in my state, as did most people, the plan sucked. The ACA roll out sucked in my state, both plans were ok for people making 6 digits, for the working poor it wasn't so great. Better than before, but subject to losing one's health insurance with no warning on the whim of a private industry contracted out customer service person paid $12 an hour who didn't even have health insurance themselves didn't impress. I spent scores of hours on hold waiting to see if some piece of paper work or another had arrived snail mail as required. Forced onto Medicaid without choice of private insurance except full price. Nope, many working class people are very leery of health insurance, especially via the govt. Support the idea alright, but it must be approached with care, or it won't be affordable except for upper middle class and beyond, and no, no new taxes at all on the working class.
There is an entire "woke" side of the left that seemingly looks down their noses at the proletariat who works at Walmart and Amazon. There is a special vocabulary that has to be spoken or else one is a racist, sexist, gay bashing, knuckle dragger. And right now that woke fragment is forcing the language of people like Warren to use words like Latinx which is a ridiculous word, or the candidate has to get all dogmatic on some finer point about carbon and never mind the houses in 3 states and frequent flier miles.
I don't mean to bash Warren, wonderful lady, would make a president a thousand times better than Reagan/BushI/BushII/Trump,and probably better than Bubba also. They all do it, and they all have to do it. Gabard has some kind of history with gay people, maybe said they shouldn't get married, I don't know. I'll tell you what, for every issue, if you look at Pew polling, there are Dems, and Independents, often a sizeable minority, who don't agree with the progressive Democratic party position. If we alienate twenty or thirty percent of the people on enough issues, well pretty soon they are staying home, or worse voting for some Trump who is telling them who knows what.
Every day more Americans worry about kitchen table issues, those are our strengths, Sanders, whom I still believe to be the best candidate by a couple miles, hammers those issues home relentlessly. We worry about our kids going to the doctor and not losing the house, we don't care which esoteric policy gets us there. We want our jobs back, even if they are at the chicken processing plant, but they have to come with a paycheck and a pension and Unions have given up on us, they agree to guest workers, they no longer protect American jobs (wife is SEIU thank you very much)
American has become a very capitalist society controlled by a very few wealthy people, but with the acquiescence of a whole huge segment of woke foke who are also doing pretty well for themselves. When the Democratic party starts using the language of that segment, well, a lot of people figure maybe our party isn't in it for us.
End of rant.