You know, we’ll have to wait and see. I don’t know who the nominee’s gonna be on the Republican side. Look, I’m a Democrat and, I think, you know, I tend to lean toward voting for the President [Barack Obama]. But I think this is gonna be a long campaign, we’re gonna learn a lot during this campaign. And ultimately, I think, you know, as in every election, it’s gonna be a choice between two people and two parties that you’re not a hundred percent behind either one. You just have to pick sort of the best of a mediocre, you know, set of choices. [Emphasis added.]
* WGN TV asked him about that yesterday. His response…
Well, actually I supported President Obama in ‘08 and ‘012, um, and, you know, it was just a theoretical remark. President Obama chose me to help lead the White House summit on early childhood for him in 2014, uh, at which he and I attended… [Emphasis added.]
The full interview, which is otherwise pretty positive, is here.
- Political Animal - Friday, Aug 11, 17 @ 10:06 am:
That’s a reasonable response.
You can certainly read the original statement that way. He seems to be making a general statement like “you’re never going to agree with a candidate 100% of the time” rather than calling Obama, specifically, mediocre.
That doesn’t mean it won’t be use by his opponents to hurt him. It was a poorly phrased statement regardless of his true meaning.
On its own, I’m not sure this does much. But if Kennedy does ads on school funding and gun violence in the African American community, including an ad on this would make sense. Also, there will undoubtedly be a debate that focuses on African American voters and Pritzker will no doubt get hammered on this there.
So, honesty not the best policy? He was right. Obama was mediocre, ineffective at best. His legacy, Obamacare, would have been more properly labeled Pelosicare. She is well deserving of the credit, not he.
It’s not JUST that he said Obama was mediocre. That probably WILL be a big deal among a decent segment of primary voters. But he is also attempting to run a strong progressive Democrat, when just a few years ago he wasn’t sure if he would vote for the Democrat or the Republican.
Progressive Democrats don’t think about voting for Romney, Santorum, or Huckabee over Barack Obama.
What, would progressives and African American voters have preferred to be lied to? At that point, Obama was a mediocre choice for president. Couple years earlier he had lost 63 seats in the House and darn near lost control of the Senate too, along with a huge number of Governor seats and state legislatures. You could already see the ACA issues coming, and he hadn’t done anything to rein in the banks that caused the great recession in the first place.
And, as this is a state politics blog, it can’t be left unsaid that the guy didn’t do squat for Illinois in his first four years (or his second four years for that matter). Remember all the federal goodies Texas got while Bush was president, or Arkansas under Clinton? We got bupkis. Bash JB all you want for supporting Hillary over Bernie, but don’t act like Obama was FDR in 2012.