To me the whole fiasco was incredibly illustrative of the That’s What I Do I Sled I Drink And I Know Things shirt. The man didn’t espouse or try to push through any leftist policy. When asked why, the defense was always: There’s no way to get it past the Republican congress. So that means you can’t even push these issues? You can’t say that’s what you want? What was stopping him from going out and having rallies for programs like medicare for all? Nope, we can’t get it through congress, so I’m not even going to let people know that I’m presenting an alternative. He had enough of a majority in the first two years to /at least/ get a public option, if he wanted to he could have gotten the votes together. But instead we got a republican health care plan in the ACA. And the republicans ran to the right of that, because /that’s what they do/ any democrat focused on “working across the aisle” to compromise with Republicans does so knowing that the republicans will never compromise with them. So the country is continually pushed farther and farther to the right.