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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:54 PM
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Four Ways Obama Can Win Back Liberals

Instead of reaching out to Republicans in his State of the Union, President Obama needs to reassure his base. Here are four ways he can do that.

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Here is what liberals are looking for from Obama to herald in what they hope will be a very different second year:

More populist policies. Obama has finally begun taking on the banks like a modern-day Teddy Roosevelt. Liberals would cheer if Obama dumped his economic team of Wall Street insiders and installed Elizabeth Warren, the truth-telling Harvard professor who chairs the congressional oversight panel investing the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Obama can steal the thunder back from the tea party movement with an economic populism that reflects liberal principles.

The vision thing. We thought this was Obama's strong suit, reaching the rhetorical highs and drawing everybody together in the service of American ideals. He's lost sight of that in the press of business, and the State of the Union is his opportunity to recast his first year in big-picture terms and explain how that vision translates into combating unemployment, bashing bankers, and extending health-care coverage. This is an opportunity to address his domestic agenda with the same passion and intellect he brought to discussing the just war, reaching out to the Muslim world, and addressing the race issue when the fate of his campaign was at stake.

Reestablish what makes him different. Voters are beyond angry; they are in a white fury over the business-as-usual way of operating in Washington. Senator-elect Scott Brown summed it up in his morning-after press conference, referring to the special deals made to win Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson's vote for health-care reform and court support from union leaders, at the expense of Americans who don't live in Nebraska or belong to a union. Obama's appeal during the campaign transcended left-right politics, with voters believing that as president he would pursue an approach that would be very different from politics as usual. "The most important thing for the president is to vindicate that he is still that same person," says Democratic pollster Geoffrey Garin. Obama should acknowledge that transformational change is not easy, and he should enlist voters in the effort, the way he did during the campaign. This was supposed to be an administration that was more engaged with the voters. What happened with that?

Play "guts ball." Defining the differences between Republicans and Democrats is not Obama's comfort zone. He's trying to be a post-partisan president, but it's gotten him nothing but a year of heartache, while Republicans pay no price for blocking him at every turn. With 59 Democratic votes in the Senate, Obama ought to be able to govern. "Let them filibuster," says Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who thinks Republicans should be held to the rules and made to talk continuously around the clock. "If we roll up our sleeves and play guts ball, we can win," says Rendell, who believes Americans would side with Obama. He likens it to the government shutdown of 1995 that grew out of a budget dispute between President Clinton and Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich. Clinton stood firm and the public backed him, forcing Gingrich to capitulate. It was a clash worthy of Avatar, and a reminder of how far a little backbone can go, with voters raging at spineless bureaucrats and elected officials.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/232096
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AdHocSolver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:23 PM
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1. At last, some political wisdom.
Obama tried the "reach across the aisle, bipartisanship" thing and got a load of manure flung at him for his efforts.

It is past -- long past -- time to reach across the aisle. It is time to kick butt, both Republican butt and the Democratic butts that don't support him.

There comes a time when being too accommodating appears to be either weakness or lack of commitment. Either way, Obama loses, the Democrats lose, and the people lose.

It is time to replace his economic advisors who are tied to the banksters and other Wall Street crooks, and put in some pro-regulation people who will push to reinstate Glass-Steagall and other New Deal safeguards that were eliminated over the past twenty years.

Win or lose, Obama has to show he is willing to put up a fight for the people, or he will lose all support in 2012.
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:27 PM
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2. Only one way needed
BE a liberal.
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SPedigrees Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:28 PM
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3. President Obama doesn't need to "win back" this liberal.
He has done so much in such a short time to reverse the Bush agenda. For all those of you "liberals" who have been bashing him, keep this in mind: the supreme court OKed the bullshit corporation enabling decision by a single vote. Do you want Obama to appoint the next Supreme Justice or would you rather the task fall to a republican?
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MoJoWorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:58 PM
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8. I am with you, SPedigrees. This liberal is with President Obama as well.
Never has he lost me, not even for a moment.

My Grandparents (real, honest to goodness liberals) who lived thru the Great Depression, would be laughing at all these week-kneed, instant gratification types, pontificating here on DU. They understood with grit, determination and a great deal of patience, that it would take years to get us out of what FDR stepped into--just as it will take longer than one year, to get us out of the mess that President Obama inherited.

President Obama is working harder for us than any President in my memory, and I am almost 65 years old.





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The Hope Mobile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:46 PM
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13. Ummmmm . . .. NOBODY wants a republican or is suggesting that . . .
BUT any conscious person can see that he's not been giving this country "change we can believe in". He's done VERY LITTLE to reverse the Bush nightmare and in some ways has made it worse.
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:00 PM
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30. Fuck your threats.
I'm tired of being coerced into supporting pro-corporate candidates without any compensation.
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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:32 PM
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4. I am a liberal.. not a progressive.. and he has not lost me.. sooooooo
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MoJoWorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:30 PM
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10. I am with you too, Peactrain.
Progressive seems to mean something different to a lot of people. It was a term that many started to use as the Repubs tried to make "liberal" into a dirty word.
Not me. I never called myself a progressive. I have been a proud liberal since I was old enough to be interested in politics--around age fifteen. I am now almost 65.



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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:38 PM
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5. 5. Start fighting back against Republicans. F the bipartisian pretense.
:hi:
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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:17 PM
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16. Yes.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:42 PM
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6. No more Mr. Nice Democrat. Let the bastards filibuster.
MAKE them filibuster every damn vote on every damn bill till the next bloody election.
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:54 PM
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7. all he has to say is
Of the People By the People and For the People, not the Corporations. And mean it.
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MoJoWorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:21 PM
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9. That is why he came out immediately against the recent corporate-friendly Supreme Court decision.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 03:22 PM by MoJoWorkin
You might want to watch this, from his most recent weekly address:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/weekly-address


He means it!


Sorry, I just can't take what you say seriously.
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:39 PM
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11. Why
did you add that insult to your post.
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MoJoWorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:13 PM
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14. I just showed you that he has already said, meant what he said
worked, and is continuing to work, toward what you said you wanted from him.

You would have known that to be the case, if you had been watching and listening to him.

Therefore, I could not take seriously what you were saying on this issue. I don't consider that an insult---just a fact.
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:17 PM
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17. you provided a link
for which I would have thanked you, if not for your arrogant obnoxious assumptions. Which make it hard to take you seriously.

The question was what does he need to say in the SOTU.
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Political Heretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:17 PM
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18. "He means it!" When I see the policy that proves it, passed and in law, we'll talk again.
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:19 PM
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19. "He means it cuz I said so have some KoolAid!!!11"
I am open to the possibility and like you, will value proof over rhetoric. Since the SCOTUS scuttled whatever nice words he might offer on the topic.
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MoJoWorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:18 PM
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20. Ah yes, bring out the oldie but goody "KoolAid" comment. That didn't take long.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 05:28 PM by MoJoWorkin
:sarcasm:
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:26 PM
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22. I did not direct it
at you. Don't behave that way, if you care how you come off. :thumbsup:

Start with not assuming what others can or should view or how they "follow" Obama.
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Political Heretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:52 PM
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28. Almost as bad as the "Pony"
:)

(Both are stupid and don't help discussion at all)
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:58 PM
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29. NO, not mean it
do something to prove it.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:41 PM
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12. Well I too am a liberal and a progressive, and I am deeply disappointed, but he never lost me 100%
I'm willing to give him more time, but if he doesn't change course, then yes, he will have lost me entirely. These suggestions are good ones.
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Political Heretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:16 PM
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15. Seems to me that "liberal" and "progressive" are pretty vaccuous terms these days.
He can win me back by finding the courage to address the structural injustices at the root of our system, rather than continue "reforming" the arrangement of deck chairs on our sinking ship.

That would win me back.
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FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:20 PM
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21. The second one is pure rhetoric....and we need more than that.
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jesus_of_suburbia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:31 PM
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23. Fight against the Republicans as hard as he fought against Hillary. He was FIERCE against her!
Just watch how his body language dismisses her when she is talking... and then he blasts her in his rebuttal.... I wish he would do that to Lieberman and the Republicans! That's what I want!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Haedh8BaMY4


He was on fire! Where is that fire now?




Oh, and Hillary is a FIGHTER. She stood her ground. Both of them were impressive.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:43 PM
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24. I guess she was the "enemy" while the republicons are not. nt
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jesus_of_suburbia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:44 PM
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25. I just want to see that passion from him again.
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:44 PM
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26. The engines are on fire.. we are losing altitude.. we are going down...
We need 30 Million jobs just to be at full employment.

Obama should have clawed his way into the cockpit.. climbed into the left-hand pilot's-seat and grabbed the controls. He could have pulled this mess-of-an-economy out of its death spiral.. but instead.. he chose to sit in the back and drink coffee with the flight attendants.

The hour is getting late... (not to be "too" cynical) .. but I think we may have passed the point of no return.

Employers are dumping health care at an alarming rate.. what few jobs that remain do not offer health care ... in any way ,shape or form.

Can you blame the employers? If big business smells blood in the water.. even though health care has not yet passed (officially), they are going to dump the liability, cash in and move on.

Obama has opened the chest cavity to do open heart surgery.. and now in the middle of the operation , he has decided to walk away and leave the patient helpless on the gurney.

NAFTA still cripples our country, outsourcing continues, the bankers are out of control and we are dumping billions of precious dollars every day in an un-winnable war in some hell hole in the mideast.

Secure your tray-tables, return your seat to the upright position, fasten your seat belts and hang on.. 'cause it ain't gonna be pretty....
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renegade000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:48 PM
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27. if he does this, he'll hopefully do more than just win back liberals
but rescue the entire country from the grips of lunacy.
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