President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Vice President Joe Biden during a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Obama presented Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Barack Obama Was an Unmitigated Disaster for the Democrat Party

On the eve of his first election as president, Barack Obama teased his desire to “fundamentally transform” the United States. The jury is still out on how successful that effort of eight years will prove to be, but this is much is certain: the presidency of Barack Obama unquestionably reshaped and restructured the Democrat Party.

And while the Democrat/Media Complex is consumed right now with trying to bring down the Trump administration, they are naturally concentrating on how much the Donald has altered typical Republican Party politics while ignoring the much bigger story of Obama’s permanent reformation of the left.

Many conservative outlets have mentioned the electoral devastation that has been visited upon the Democrat Party since the time of Obama’s first inauguration. The numbers are stunning, but not for the reasons you would typically hear. Given the hero’s fanfare the mainstream press always gives Obama, one might be shocked to learn the shambles he left his own party wallowing in. But ultimately no one should be surprised that pushing the party far to the left resulted in an electoral nightmare for Democrats.

The so-called Blue Dog Democrats have been put down, and the most popular figure in the party appears to be a wild-eyed socialist from Vermont. Seriously.

This week the head of the DNC Tom Perez embarked on a national “fight back” tour with Bernie Sanders. Now stop and think back to the mid 1990s in the middle of Bill Clinton’s terms – when Democrats were still winning elections – and ask yourself whether the DNC would have been turning to an old socialist to be the party’s standard bearer. Bill Clinton’s success, masterminded by James Carville, was predicated around “triangulation” – the effort to appeal to all people on all sides of every issue.

It is no surprise then that the Clinton years saw the massive expansion of the Democrat Party. Even in the midst of his personal moral failings, Clinton spoke to the mainstream culture with a unifying message that attracted voters.

Then the party turned to a professional agitator whose learned vocation was dividing people, polarizing the separation he had created, and then grievance mongering. That isn’t a personal slight against Obama himself. It’s simply a job description of Alinsky-ite community organizing.

And while the historic nature of Obama’s candidacy, along with his personal style of coolness and polish was enough to bring his polarized end of the spectrum out to vote in greater numbers than the other end, any rational political mind could have seen the unsustainable path this put the party on. The moment someone who lacked the personal charisma of Obama attempted to fill the void he left, it became obvious the massive umbrella party Bill Clinton created had become a bean rake of identity politics and aggrieved interests.

And proof of that can be found in the fact that the best guy they could turn to, the most hopeful message they could offer, the most unifying voice they could promote was the “free college, free healthcare, free kittens” senility of Bernie Sanders.

That’s what you call a fundamental transformation.

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