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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 09:46 PM
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Obama's promise of a new majority, and the question it prompts
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Obama's promise of a new majority, and the question it prompts
By Robin Toner
Published: March 23, 2008

WASHINGTON: At the core of Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign is a promise that he can transcend the starkly red-and-blue politics of the last 15 years, end the partisan and ideological wars, and build a new governing majority.

To achieve the change the country wants, he says, "we need a leader who can finally move beyond the divisive politics of Washington and bring Democrats, independents and Republicans together to get things done."

It is a promise that convinced 67 percent of all registered voters in the last New York Times/CBS News Poll, in late February, that Obama "would be the kind of president who would be able to unify the country" - far more than those who identified his Democratic rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, or the presumptive Republican nominee, Senator John McCain, that way.

But this promise leads, inevitably, to a question: Can such a majority be built and led by Obama, whose voting record was, by one ranking, the most liberal in the Senate last year?

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"Senator Clinton's argument in this campaign has really been that you can't change the electoral map," he said. "That it's a static map and we are inalterably divided, so we've got to eke out a victory and then try to govern more competently than George Bush has.

"My argument is that if that's what we're settling for, after seven or eight years of disastrous policies on the part of the Bush administration, then we're not going to deliver on the big changes that are needed."

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http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/03/23/america/liberal....
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  -Obama's promise of a new majority, and the question it prompts Catherina  Mar-24-08 09:46 PM   #0 
  - Love your posts Catherina  DerekJ   Mar-24-08 09:59 PM   #1 
  - Thanks  Catherina   Mar-24-08 10:31 PM   #6 
  - Kick. (nt)  Kurovski   Mar-24-08 10:22 PM   #2 
  - Robin Toner Didn't Get the Memo...  Noirceuil   Mar-24-08 10:24 PM   #3 
  - No he won't, silly. But a common sense approach won't hurt either.  babylonsister   Mar-24-08 11:25 PM   #8 
  - I'm glad you asked. It's a good question. Are you familiar with the Pew Research Center?  John Q. Citizen   Mar-24-08 10:25 PM   #4 
  - To some extent but I don't pay much atttention to organizations  Catherina   Mar-24-08 10:31 PM   #5 
     - Why do you then cite an organization in your OP, if you are worried about organizations. Somebody  John Q. Citizen   Mar-24-08 10:40 PM   #7 
  - Obama is right, as usual. After the last 8 years of rethug rule,  babylonsister   Mar-24-08 11:28 PM   #9 
 

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