Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle were spotted dancing at a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert over the weekend in Maryland. CNN's Jake Tapper thought it was pretty bad timing. The Democratic Party is currently dealing with a schism that has pitted moderates or mainstream lawmakers against young progressives. Statistics show that the party is well outpaced by Republicans on the national and local level. Yet, there was Obama dancing the night away.
Fans were of course elated to see them and were thrilled that the Obamas were "living their best life." Others, though, are wondering whether they should be taking their post-White House residency more seriously.
The Democratic Party is the weakest it has been since the 1920s, but ¯\_(?)_/¯ https://t.co/ATqKBx4bq0— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 29, 2018
Does Tapper have a point? Should Obama be doing more to address his party's concerns? They could certainly use some help. When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Rep. Joe Crowley in shocking fashion in New York, top Democrats panicked. Some, like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, tried to downplay the young progressive's victory. Sure, Ocasio-Cortez may represent those radical New Yorkers in the 14th congressional district, but the country as a whole? Don't get "carried away," Pelosi said.
CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria recently declared that the Democratic Party is at nearly its weakest point in a century.
"When you tally up their representation in Congress, state legislatures and governorships, the Democrats almost have their lowest representation in about 100 years," Zakaria said.
Judging by PolitiFact's methodology, Zakaria's statement was undeniably true.