I would also suggest supporting working class families and organized labor?
I don't think Obama was liberal all that much. For me the banking crises was a clear indication of where he was going. Re-assert the status quo. Mild regulatory reform. Make the financial industry whole again while the families getting put out of their homes got sympathy. Another 'feel your pain' moment.
I recall the S&L debacle spawned a mass of resentment in the midwest and gave the militia movement a strong tailwind. I've always felt that the housing crises was going to do the same and I think we saw that play out IMHO. We first went with the guy who looked different and so, perhaps, will govern different. Meh..
2016 election was a real contest of who was going to bring real change to governance. Neoliberals killed off the option on their side of the aisle. The GOP suffered a hostile takeover.
The underlying stress, anger and despair is still with us. Probably going to get worse with the tax bill and getting rid of whats left of the safety net (old progressive achievements). Right to work got rid of collective bargaining, Corporate personhood has smothered public debate.
It seems obvious that he GOP is getting it's political fuel from a large part of the electorate that has been largely abandoned by the Ivy League corporate democrats. The Clintons and the Mandarins that they have surrounded themselves with have done a great deal to bring about this current situation. Co-opting the right while shedding it's left flank and labor.
If not now, when will be a good time for the Left and labor to reassert itself within the party? How far down the 'third way' road do we continue to go. Does Jeremy Corbyn's 'Our Revolution' style storming of the Labor party not offer any insight?