Unlike in Republican primaries where both enthusiasm and voter turnout have skyrocketed, Democrats have been plagued with two candidates, a corrupt liar and a wild-eyed socialist, who have failed to inspire Democrat voters like Barack Obama did in 2008.
NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley, now a basketball analyst for TNT, a longtime Democrat who has sporadically weighed in on political issues, says prior Democrat presidential candidates — like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — “inspired” him, but neither Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton are inspiring him to go vote.
During an interview with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield on Sunday, the former “Round Mound of Rebound” was asked if he likes any of the current Democrat candidates running for president.
Barkley was hesitant and somewhat indifferent, answering that he didn’t necessarily “dislike them” but that they weren’t exactly floating his boat either.
“I don’t dislike them. I want to be inspired,” Barkley answered. “I don’t dislike Hillary. I don’t dislike Bernie Sanders. They just haven’t inspired me,” Barkley said.
Ironically, Barkley condemned the exact type of divisiveness and identity politics (rich vs. poor, black vs. white) that are the hallmark of the Democrat Party he is part of.
Barkley isn’t the only Democrat feeling the party’s “enthusiasm gap.” In late February, longtime Clinton and Democrat operative Paul Begala said that the enthusiasm gap keeps him up at night.
Barkley did say that there is one Republican presidential candidate who he does like, RINO Ohio Governor John Kasich, an establishment squish.
“I do like John Kasich. He is one of the few Republicans that talk about economic opportunity,” Barkley revealed. “Everybody wants to talk about Republican, Democrat, black, white — it’s really about giving poor people economic opportunity.”