This is not what Democrats wanted to hear.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer hope they can cling to power next November.
Barack Obama had all hell breaking loose with this election prediction.
In an interview with far-left New York Times columnist Ezra Klein, former President Barack Obama predicted that the coronavirus pandemic reshaped Americans’ thinking about big government and socialist welfare programs.
“A part of what happens as a result of the pandemic is there’s a teachable moment about, maybe this whole deficit hawk thing of the federal government, just being nervous about our debt 30 years from now, while millions of people are suffering — maybe that’s not a smart way to think about our economics,” Obama stated.
Obama predicted that this new way of thinking would allow Joe Biden to reshape the electorate through his proposed six-trillion-dollar spending blowout.
“There are times when that’s presented, I think you try to drive it home as much as possible and get a reorientation of the body politic,” Obama added.
Obama cited Biden’s “infrastructure” bill—which Republicans point out is really a cover for imposing the socialist Green New Deal and turning America into a cradle-to-grave welfare state—as the centerpiece of that electoral transformation.
“I think we’re now in an environment where if we just get some big pieces in place, building on what we did before, people will notice,” Obama explained to Klein. “And it will have a political impact.”
Obama doubled down on the idea that the coronavirus pandemic provided Joe Biden a much longer runway to impose his radical left-wing agenda.
“One thing that the pandemic has done is to start getting people to think in scale,” Obama added. “You can actually put a dollar figure to what it would take to transition to a clean economy.”
Obama felt so confident in willingness of the American people to accept socialism that the public would not mind that Joe Biden planned to kill millions of jobs in the energy sector by ramming Green New Deal-style legislation through Congress.
“Similarly, maybe it opens up people’s imaginations to say we can actually afford to make this transition,” Obama declared. “There are some sacrifices involved, but we can do it.”
Joe Biden’s followed this path by ending new fracking leases on federal lands and canceling the Keystone pipeline.
Obama’s misplaced faith in the popularity of the Democrats’ big government agenda cost the party before.
In his two terms in office, Democrats suffered massive wipeouts in the 2010 and 2014 elections because voters repudiated the Obama agenda by ejecting Democrats from Congress that voted to ram policies like Obamacare into law.
Democrats risk a replay of the electoral shellacking of the Obama midterm elections by supporting an agenda far to the left of what Joe Biden promised during the 2020 election.
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