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Thu Jan 22, 2015, 09:31 AM

Yes, Obama “Won Twice” – as a Progressive. Deal With It, Everybody.

Yes, Obama “Won Twice” – as a Progressive. Deal With It, Everybody.
1/22/15

...But Obama is once again talking more or less like the kind of president his critics on the left have always wanted him to be – one who focuses less on process (does the public really care how nicely legislators get along?) and more on offering a clear alternative to the failed policies of the center-right.

That’s the attitude that gave the president those two victories in the first place. Republicans need to deal with that fact. So do the president and his party, come to think of it.

...The numbers tell the real story. Barack Obama won the presidency twice, with a clear majority each time. He’s the first president to do that since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, and the first Democrat since FDR. It’s a distinction Ronald Reagan never earned.

How did he do it? In 2008, Barack Obama presented himself as the candidate of progressive change. He defeated Hillary Clinton in the primaries and John McCain in the general election by promising to break away from the policies of the past.

Candidate Obama, contrary to the recollections of some, was not just a progressive in style. He also embraced many progressive policies. He initially rejected the idea, brewed up in a conservative think tank, of an “individual mandate” on health care (a proposal he later embraced). He opposed a tax on high-cost health plans (which he also later embraced) and backed a public option. He presented himself as the candidate who would rein in Wall Street and restore economic justice.

President Obama tilted considerably further to the right of Candidate Obama, as we now know....

What’s the message there?

With 61.6 percent of the electorate showing up to vote, Barack Obama won 52.9 percent of the popular vote in 2008. He won 51.1 percent of the vote in 2012, with 58.2 percent voting.

Turnout in the 2014 election was only 36.3 percent. That was the lowest in 72 years, since the election of 1942 – at a time when millions of Americans were on active military duty in World War II. Thanks to gerrymandering and other factors, Republicans in the House won 57 percent of the seats but only 51 percent of the relatively few votes that were cast.

“Left” Ideas Win

GOP operative Brad Dayspring, who was an aide for former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, tweeted that “if Democrats would have run (sic) on the tax hikes, regulations, et al Obama proposed in SOTU, they’d have lost even more Senate seats.”

Actually, that’s exactly what Obama did run on – and he won by far bigger margins than the Republicans did last year. If more Democrats had run on that platform in 2014, they might not have fared so poorly....

http://ourfuture.org/20150122/yes-obama-won-twice-as-a-progressive-now-he-can-lead-like-one-too


The majority of Americans WANT progressive policies. And we need it to be from someone who isn't just giving us campaign rhetoric but will truly fight for those policies once elected.

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RiverLover Jan 2015 #1
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Thu Jan 22, 2015, 11:06 AM

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Thu Jan 22, 2015, 11:09 AM

2. Need more progressives, please. n/t

 

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Thu Jan 22, 2015, 03:47 PM

3. I suppose this would be an appropriate place to mention

That when a Democrat wins it means "gets more votes than the opponent".

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Thu Jan 22, 2015, 03:48 PM

4. He won once as a progressive.

 

In 2012, not so much.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Thu Jan 22, 2015, 03:53 PM

5. The other message there:

Pay attention to candidate's histories, to judge how likely they'll be to "tilt" right, if elected.

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Thu Jan 22, 2015, 03:56 PM

6. K&R

 

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