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


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (371 Responses)
  1. Nik T, Houston, TX

    LOL Laughable.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. Erik

    That's the reason i lean strongly towards Barak of those 3, is for that fact. He never "starts" the finger pointing. Same reason I don't like Hillary, she always starts it. She loves the dirty politics, and Barak does not. That governs alot of my respect.

    Im curious why Edwards gave so much respect to Mcain there? and not romney?
    Maybe stategic, as the dems have a better chance of beating Mcain, so they wanna pump him up, instead of romney? interesting tho.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. Joe

    I think that's something he should talk about in a general election. He should be focusing on the base.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. Kim

    Obama is eloquent, but there is not substance to what he says.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. yv

    Once again, it's nice to speak of it, what makes him think he can really get it done? I would really like to know.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Jaime

    I am loving Barack's answer about reaching out to people of all persuasions. That is something Hillary is unwilling to do based on her experience of partisanship.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Parag

    Obama can only fight Hillary..not Republicans !

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. Josh

    Barack Obama will unite this country....HE CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER...

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Kaylen

    Is it really that important that we stick it to the republicans or that we get the things done that need to be done? I care more about doing the right thing then pissing the other half of America off

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. Donne

    Who cares with Bill Schneider comments any longer. You have lost touch of the real game. You have got to allow voters to declare.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. rp

    independants, maybe. republicans? nah.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. ally

    If Democrats can recognize that Obama is a stronger candidate on a national scale, then he will certainly gain the edge in the primaries against Clinton.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    YYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!
    This is why this Republican is so thrilled with Obama!
    It's what this country NEEDS!

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Noel

    The more Obama speaks, the less likely I am to vote for him.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Why should democrats play fair when the republicans never have. Its time for the democrats to stand up as a strong party not one that can be pushed around, and Obama will be pushed around.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. loudguyrick

    I honestly don't see the Democratic base as seething to take on Republicans. I think that many people in both parties are simply tired of the politics of division and want to move on.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. Chris

    In a word.. No it can't. Mainly because of two reasons. Some democrats don't think it can ultimately work. and two. There are many that want republicans to live through what we have lived for 8 years. By electing someone they hate as much as we have despised the current president.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Helena

    I believe he lives in fairy tale land. Maybe Slumlord Tony Rezko can help him.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. Sam

    No he's not ready for the top job. His resume' is sketchy at best. Both Edwards and Clinton have a better resume'.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. jackie, Fl

    Yes. Nothing in Washington is going to change unless we have someone that is truly wiling to work with both sides.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  21. Terrance

    This must be the message across the board for the Dems, as we have seen for the past two elections the Republicans will line up behind their candidate and it seems like we fall apart.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. Andrew

    It definitely should. I think the Dems who are just looking to destroy republicans with Hillary will not get their wish. She is the only candidate that rallies Republicans against her. Vote Obama to get a competent, well rounded, and effective Democrat in the White House!

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. rc

    didn't bush run the same message the "uniter"

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Dylan

    NO! Democrats dont want someone who is going to employ ideas of both parties! If they did then they wouldnt be Democrats, they would be independents! Democrats want someone who will further Democratic ideas, thats the point of a political party!

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. Andee

    Yes, the ones that want change will stand behind this much needed

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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