The Nuclear Option
Some time around the end of last November we started to see a few articles like this:
Waiting for Obama
With typical quotes like these:
Publicly, he has been clear that he won’t intervene in the primary for or against a candidate, unless he believed there was some egregious attack. “I can't even imagine with this field how bad it would have to be for him to say something,” said a close adviser. Instead, he sees his role as providing guardrails to keep the process from getting too ugly and to unite the party when the nominee is clear. 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.
I remember reading those headlines at the time, thinking, if he steps in to stop Bernie publicly, it will destroy his legacy. And if there is one thing Obama cares about, it's his legacy.
And that was it, we haven't heard a peep from the the former President since. It seemed as though he was more concerned about his Netflix production company than politics these days. Happy to be playing golf, relaxing on some billionaire's yacht.
Except Bernie was supposed to go away. He was a fringe candidate with a high floor but a low ceiling. He was supposed to get his base excited, and then bow out to O'Rourke or Harris or Gillibrand or Booker or Patrick or Buttigieg, or, or....
So with Bernie surging, and the rest of the field divided with no clear path to the nomination you would think now would be the time to speak up. If he was going to have an impact on the race it would have to be before Super Tuesday.
Obama isn't stupid though, and he knows if he steps out publicly against Bernie it will damage his reputation. So what's a neoliberal, technocrat to do? Don't worry...
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