President Obama on Thursday warned Democrats against adopting a “Tea Party mentality” that could lead to deep divisions within the party and harm its chances of winning national elections.
Following the rise of the Tea Party and Donald Trump, Obama said infighting within the Republican Party is much worse than it is on the Democratic side.
But he urged his party’s voters to be mindful of that danger in the midst of a heated primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
“The thing Democrats have to guard against is going in the direction that the Republicans are much further along on, and that is this sense 'we are just going to get our way, and if we don’t, then we’ll cannibalize our own, kick them out and try again,' ” he said at a town-hall meeting with law students in Chicago.
In that scenario, Democrats could “stake out positions so extreme, they alienate the broad public,” Obama added. “I don’t see that being where the Democrats go, but it’s always something we have to pay attention to.”
And there you have it that is EXACTLY what we are seeing taking place on the Democratic side of the fence right now.
There are those who want to elect a President who aggressively pursues policies that have little chance of receiving support even from Democratic lawmakers, and who is unyielding in their principles to the point where compromise becomes impossible.
THAT is who the Teabaggers sent to Washington back in 2010, and that has a lot to do with the problems that we see today.
Having strong ideals is always good, but being ideologically entrenched is antithetical to getting anything of substance accomplished.
President Obama learned to navigate the choppy waters of DC politics the hard way, and now we need somebody who already knows what lies ahead and has a plan to move us forward from the amazing progress that he has already achieved.