Ignore his party affiliation for a moment, ignore the rhetoric, and just look at the things Barack Obama did.
He built over 800 miles of wall along the border with Mexico, and still holds the record for the most deportations. He built thousands of miles of oil pipeline, declining only to build the last tiny connecting bit. His signature health care plan was first proposed by Republican Richard Nixon, first implemented by Republican Mitt Romney. He expanded Bush’s Gulf wars. He kept Guantanamo Bay open, and refused to prosecute the torturers. He negotiated trade agreements that favored corporations to the detriment of workers and consumers. The stock market was the sole focus of his economic plans, and it soared.
Now look at the things he didn’t do. In eight years, he never proposed a single gun control law (although he did offer thoughts and prayers regularly). He didn’t raise the minimum wage. He did nothing about student debt. Unions withdrew their support after he reneged on a promise to make union membership easier.
If the world made any sense at all, Democrats would loathe him and Republicans would adore him.
I believe he is the reason why the Democrats lost in 2016. There was no compelling reason to get off the couch. Why bother supporting a Democrat if the only tangible difference between the two parties is style points?
But they are poised to do the same thing in 2020. It looks like they’re going to nominate a candidate who will enforce the same basic policies, but with an aw-shucks grin and better haircut.
Their campaign slogan could be, “Yeah, but the other guy is even worse.” And maybe that will get them the victory they crave.
Is that enough?