Associate editor of “Commentary” magazine Noah Rothman suggested during a Friday panel that former President Barack Obama reentered the public eye to help save the Democratic Party, after leaving it “in tatters” upon the end of his administration.
The “Morning Joe” panel in which Rothman participated discussed a New York Times piece that asked why Obama was keeping a low profile at a time when there is a growing need for stable leadership.
“He has a reputation to rehabilitate. He left the Democratic Party in tatters and he has to help reestablish that,” Rothman said.
The magazine editor also rejected the notion that it would be in poor taste for Obama to get involved in public policy, and branded Republicans as hypocritical for wanting him to stay out of the fray.
“The notion that the will of the voter would be disrespected in this sense is frankly something that Democrats would reject when Republicans felt the precise same way in 2009 and 2010. They felt like things were going off the rails, and somebody had to speak up about it,” Rothman said.
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