January 21st, 2008
09:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Schneider: Obama's post-partisan message

Will Obama's post partisan approach be enough to win over his party's base?
Will Obama's post partisan approach be enough to win over his party's base?


MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) –
Barack Obama is running as a post-partisan - he speaks of building bridges, forging consensus, and moving past red and blue states. It's a very appealing message to many Americans, but can it rally the Democratic base, seething to take on Republicans?

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (371 Responses)
  1. Thomas Henson

    I don't believe a word Obama says. He has backpeddled and denied and claimed what he said isn't what he meant, and he has denied his voting history.
    Every time he gets BUSTED he can't seem to take responsibility, and that just reminds me WAY too much of GEORGE W. BUSH JR.! I don't trust this guy as far as hillary clinton can throw him. Vote John Edwards in November! Forget how the biased media has practically blacked him out! Remember that news corporations are still corporations.

    January 22, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  2. Karla

    As one who continues to say that Bill Clinton is one of the most intelligent presidents, I am convinced that we do not need another Clinton in the White House.

    Clinton does not reassure especially with her answer when Edwards grilled her about lobbyists' influence on Washington DC.

    Clinton wants healthcare etc but her old-style politics will prevent her from getting people together.

    The country does not deserve to have a president who is de facto half president only because a past president/spouse will be pinchhitting for her in tough times.

    Obama has a stronger unifying message for the Country than Edwards. This is his edge over Edwards. Both offer a direction that is better for 21st century America politics.

    January 22, 2008 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  3. David

    No, he only rallys the angry people for some reason.
    I am proud as heck to be a Democrat and like to say it out loud.
    You can cross the isles without losing who you are and your ideals.
    Hillary does this with both hands tied behind her back.

    January 22, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  4. Tlc

    I'm glad that Senator Obama finally took the gloves off and proved that when people get tough he can get tough right back, showing once again that he has what it takes to lead our nation. It's about time that someone called former President Clinton on the untruths that he has been spouting during this campaign.

    January 22, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  5. Logical

    First of all, Chaunda, you are not rational. You are not even logical in your attempts to discounter Obama.

    Can someone please explain why Clinton is even believable, succeeding the years of scandal that plagued her in her Arkansas days. She cannot even admit to refuse $ from corporate "head honchos" because of fear of the losses (financially, politically, and you can speculate the rest) she will take. What other reason would someone "claim to fight against these people, and then refuse to take them out (by not letting them have a say in your financing strategies after they help you get elected with their $). Please America, think about the common sense of this.

    This isn't neuroscience people. She talks about hate toward the "policies of Republicans over the last 15 years", but, if she was our PRESIDENT, why wouldn't she want to work with EVERYONE (since those Republicans DO REPRESENT nearly half of our country)? So, why would any of us normal people believe our voices would be heard, and change would happen, if Washington with Hillary, continues to fight?

    This ready on day one thing is absurd, also. Experience in the White House didn't help George W. either now did it? A whole political life, full of that "E-word"–experience.

    I firmly believe Barack Obama is tired of defending his stances, as he said himself, and tired of "typical Washington campaign tactics" by the Clinton's. I feel he had to show that he was firm tonight with both competitors, but he did it in a classy way, not even comparable to the reviews Clinton is getting on that temper of hers. He truly cares about America, and he is CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

    Please AMERICA, don't be fooled by these typical mud-slinging tactics the Clinton's are using. Use your intellectual, and educated sensibilities. Thank you...

    January 22, 2008 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  6. Another Steve

    I see him as the only one running that can. I'm an independent and will help trash another Democratic Presidency if Hillary gets the nomination. The Clintons can not be trusted to be truthful to us. They have already divided up this country with the Bush family and I can't stand either of these families or what they are doing to this country while claiming to be patriots.

    January 22, 2008 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  7. "Yes We Can"

    Surge,
    There is evidence that Obama has cross appeal. Look at the results from Nevada causcus. he won in rural areas which as populated my republicans. most of them crossed parties to vote for him. Billary cannot bring that to the table

    January 22, 2008 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  8. sinna mani

    The phoney war between democrats and Republicans is not the answer to current problems. We need fresh thinking on social welfare, climate change, globalisation and religious conflict. Hillary has proved herself to be an old battle axe with very little proven capacity for new thoughts. She wants to maintain status quo at a time when we need someone who can think outside the box. A good example is the Governor of California. Unfortunately, he can not stand. Obama is the best hope for America.

    January 22, 2008 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  9. Ryk

    I believe it is a mistake to underestimate Barak Obamas crossover appeal. The country is evenly divided as the last two elections have shown. In the general election 50% is not good enough particularly for the Democrats. Hillary is polarizing and widely hated. She may be insanely popular with the core of the party but that core failed to get a win in the last two elections. Outside of the hardcore party members she is scorned. She is probably less hated than George Bush but she is not running against him. The possible republican opponents she could face with the exception of Huckabee can and would draw independents moderates and many Democrats. Hillary will not. The Republicans have a horrible field of candidates this election and many Republicans will stay home, vote third party, or even vote Democrat, but not against Hillary. They will come to the polls by the bussload to beat her. Against Hillary Clinton the evangelicals will come out for Romney. The small government Republicans would support McCain and the anti-gays would support Gulliani. However if given an appealing alternative such as Obama or better yet Edwards that wouldn't be true.

    January 22, 2008 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    He is naive to think that his Changed Politics will be a winning strategy against either the Clintons or Repellicans. He lacks the aggressive litigation and persuasion skills necessary to win and govern. Nice won't cut it.

    January 22, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  11. Doreen IA

    Lisen all, I feel we have three great candidates. However I think Obama, is the best man for the job. He is fresh he is not corrupted by the white house, he is about hope, a new vision for this country. Obama, is a very educated man, and you have to believe in what he can do for this country, he will not be running if he did not feel he could deliver. I ask all of you give this man a chance, he is for peace and not confusion, everyone can become a bit bitter at some point, we are all human. Regarding race, the latest polls stated whites at 72% is ready for a African- American President, 61% blacks, well for those of you who. I think it would be great to have a black president, keep in mind Hillary knows her stuff, but believe me it will not be like the 90's she is different from Bill, and through this campaign the real you come through. Don't be a bit surprise if the republicans are back in office, if Hillary is elected, they will beat her up, and we are back to square one. Trust me Obama is the man, they can't touch him, he is the future in this day and time my friends!

    January 22, 2008 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  12. JB Boston MA

    Yes it's working. Hillary is running a campaign of exclusion, Obama inclusion.

    If you consider yourself a strong liberal, then you may be enticed by Hillary's message. But keep in mind, you cannot do it without the Independants and some R's. To say to hell with them is counterproductive, and will only divide this nation more.

    That is why so many people dislike Hillary. Wake up people! She cannot beat McCain.

    January 22, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  13. Ilene

    All the democrats I know love Obama. I have not yet to this day been able to find a democrat or at least a educated one that likes Hillary. Everyone knows what a liar she is. The republicans will have a field day with her.

    January 22, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  14. Andrew

    Hillary has the highest negatives, and they're not going away. It was clear in the SC debate that they're as strong as ever, and why. She's nasty, and she's willing to drag others down with her. Obama has a good shot at creating a winning coalition. She, by contrast, is purely partisan.

    January 22, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  15. Dave

    I'm a republican and I would consider voting for Obama; only consider it, however, I would never vote for HRC. I've never heard any republicans say they'd vote for HRC. Half of the democrats hate HRC, so how is she going to unite this country. I want a United states, not a divided states. Us republicans will come vote in record numbers to keep HRC out of the White House. I wish democrats would use their intelligence instead of their emotions. I constantly hear, she'll be the first woman president, he'll be the first black president. What are your issues? Vote on that!

    January 22, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. david

    Barack Hussein Obama loves those republicans so much he should just join them

    Come down to earth man... do you really think all those Republicans who wants him elected is really going to vote for a guy name Hussein in the general election when the country is still at war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

    We are talking about Republicans right – the same once just less than 3 years ago managed to swift boat a war hero like john kerry and max cleland.
    Can you imagine what they will do to Barack Hussein. They have not even started to attack him. at least with clinton the right wing has been attacking her for the last 16 years and she has stood up to them and still standing she knows how to handle them and she is ready to handle them.

    Bill Maher is right when he says democrats really do know how to loose elections. they vote from their hearts for "hope" not from ther brains. For once lets be smart about this beacuse come September – November it is gonna be too late to scratch your heads and say what happened.

    January 22, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Jack ny, ny

    Were CNN analyst watching the same debate like rest of us. Obama was terrible with his stuttering, pausing and babbling. I had my brother visiting who never follows these kind of thing. When he saw Obama his first reaction. "that guy is not presidential at all. Why is he in this race anyways?. So that is fair observation, rest of us have our favorite.

    January 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Cynthia St. Louis

    I am so tired of Hillary's boasting of her fights with the "Republicans" and "BILLARY"S" eagerness to get in the mud and fight some more- same old hateful, divisive, stupid politics.

    Is this what our country needs? Is this what our country wants?

    Obama 08

    January 22, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Brattleboro, VT

    If you think ruling a country is a gain that some people know and can play well because they've been there for a while, you'll just have your eyes to cry. The world is no more what it was 10 years ago, so we need something different. If you think I am wrong, let's try your choice.

    January 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. anne

    The Clintons will use everyone and everything they can to win. Come on people, Hillary would not even be in this race if it were not for her husband, oh yeah guess thats why she stayed with him, political aspirations.She lets him be the bad guy, say all the things she wants to say, but would make her look bad and then claims he is supportive and passionate, oh give me a break. He lied to the american people, just like taking a sip of water, he will continue to lie, that is what he knows how to do and she supports him. If she really has been working so hard for the last 35 years in our government, wow, what a mess it is. She needs to take responsibilty for being part of the problem and quit claiming she is part of the solution. The solution is not more of the same crap, there needs to be a new approach to this mess.They claim insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results and that is what a vote for a Clinton is, INSANITY. I will vote against the return of old, even if that means another republican, at least it won't be another Clinton. The people on here who say Hillary knows how to handle the republicans are right, she has been hanging out for a long time with them and she is part of their world, so of course she knows how to play the game, thats what is so nuts, why do you people want the game to go on and on. Oh yeah, insanity, it really is something isn't it. She is not about change, she is just more of the same old crap. Maybe when your life becomes so difficult, so hard to live, you will be truely ready for change, but until then you cling to the same old, same old, hoping for different results.

    January 22, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Scott Wolfram

    The Democratic Party is about progressive movement towards a better future. I am a registered and long-time Democrat, but after Hillary's embracing of the Republican tactic of deep fear mongering, there are two results. Nationally, the Republicans must be delighted to see the Democratic party being ripped apart. Personally, I will NOT VOTE FOR HILLARY in the fall Presidential Election, skipping my vote for the first time my life. This madness has to stop!

    January 22, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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