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. anti obama

    never obama...muhamed...back to Middle East...

    January 22, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  2. Chaunda

    What evidence is there that Obama can "create coalitions". The fact that republican are afraid to to be too outwardly hostile to him because (300 pound gorilla in the room) he is black and they do not want to be seen as racist? They won't be scared to tear him a new one when he is the nominee and he gives them all kinds of fodder everytime he opens his mouth. The fact is they have been trying to take Hillary out for 15 years and cannot. That's not because of a machine that is because of strength. Strength that Hillary has continued to show. Strength to lead our nation.

    January 22, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  3. curiosityhasme

    Bill, Bill, Bill. Barack Obama is none of those things. Before you can be a unifier, you have to know what you're unifying. The guy is all over the map. He can't give a straight answer. He contradicts himself, resents any question, plays the race card at every turn, and does not have a grasp on the issues. Why in the world are you guys trying to create a candidate that just does not exist? You'll soon be at the same level as Chris Matthews and the rest of MSNBC. Never thought I'd see the day when FOX News is really fair and balanced. Obama only gets half a free pass with them. By the way...when can we expect you to follow up on the Rezko matter, Obama's 130 "present" votes, and his affiliation with Trinity United Church of Christ and their racist agenda, and pastor (Obama's mentor) who awarded Louis Farrakhan as the epitome of greatness? Just to let you know we're waiting. After all, you're supposed to be "The Best Political Team on Television". Right? Then you should be discussing all issues, including those about Obama.

    January 22, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  4. Mati

    Lets put it simple.

    NoObama. Why? He never answers the more important question: HOW? And when he unites the nation what is happening? Moving the United States toward a single party state? Last time I checked this was called communism.

    Maybe Edwards. Why? He has a number of good and clear ideas. maybe he cannot cover everything but he is capable to stand for the class issue

    Hillary'08! Why? She has the best coverage of issues, the vision on HOW to address them, AND she is the most pragmatic so this is how she can get to Republicans, not with words.

    January 22, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. walters

    He proofed one more time that to attimes abstained from negativity is not a sign of weakness but character ,candor, integrity if we miss this chance we shall have ourselves to blame, John Edwards is good on message but he has a flawed judgement as evidenced by at least 10 major policy errors but i believe in his intergrity, he is also truthful if is permissible for a politician.
    Obama / Edwards 2008

    January 22, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  6. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    OBAMA COMPLAINED ABOUT THE ATTACKS ON HIM THESE LAST TWO WEEKS, THIS IS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT THE REPUBLICANS WILL DO.
    THEY WILL BE OUT FOR BLOOD, NO HOLDS BARRED, THEY GO FOR THE JUGULAR, FOR THE KNOCK OUT BLOW AND THEY WONT PLAY BY ANY RULES.

    OBAMA TALKS ABOUT HIS WINNING THE SENATE SEAT IN ILLINOIS AND UNIFYING THE STATE, LOOK WHO HE RUN AGAINST, 'ALAN KEYES' IMPORTED FROM OUT OF STATE, A SACRIFICIAL LAMB, SO FAR TO THE RIGHT HE WAS AROUND THE CORNER. NO ONE ELSE WANTED THE JOB.

    OBAMA TALKS ABOUT HIS TIME IN THE ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE AND WHAT HE ACCOMPLISHED, FUNNY THE POWERS THAT BE IN THE LEGISLATURE ARE THE MAJORITY LEADER IN THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. OTHER THAN THOSE TWO NO ONE ELSE HAS A SAY IN WHAT LEGISLATION GETS VOTED ON PERIOD. THESE VOTES ARE WELL ORCHESTRATED, SO SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE CAN VOTE IN WAYS THAT WILL NOT HURT THEM WITH THEIR CONSTITUENTS WHEN THEY RUN FOR RE-ELECTION.

    January 22, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  7. Tom Davie

    Obama has never onced been able to unite democrats and republicans.

    He gives great speeches that he can. Its a FANTASTIC political move. Especially when we see gridlock now.

    However, his inability to defend himself and his record makes it very clear that he has no power to UNITE anything.

    He can UNITE people, but cannot UNITE the politicians necessary to BRING THE ACTUAL CHANGE.

    Obama fails to mention he has NO POWER to get Republicans to do anything they dont want to. What he has shown, he whines and complains WHEN THINGS DONT GO HIS WAY.

    Hillary and Bill have been very effective in showing that Obama is more than happy to get into BICKERING rather than rally HIS PEERS into unity.

    This was the Clinton playbook all along. Get Obama polarized. Get him to show he cannot UNITE his peers. Show his inexperience.

    Obama is a POLITICIAN.

    Obama came up with a political STRATEGY to run for president.

    Obama has little national experience, so he runs on CHANGE and HOPE to sell a bipartisanship . Its the smart move.

    The Clintons and the Republicans are NOT going to let him just get away with this highly effective strategy. Everyone knows it WORKS WELL if left unchallenged.

    Anyone who thinks all these politicians arent playing major games is naive and just giving their vote away. Its all a chess match.

    January 22, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  8. Carla

    Until this year I was a registered republican. I have changed it to democrat and have voted for Obama in the Iowa caucus. I will vote for Obama in the General election in November. I know of 5 other Republicans who did the same thing and will vote for Obama NOT MAYBE!!! I am sure we are not the only six republicans in the nation who have made the switch. I can tell you if it is Hillary Clinton as the democratic nominee I will not be the only "Republican switching back". If she were to become president she will be the left wing version of George Bush, I know I do not want to see someone who is as narrow minded as George Bush in the White House. She will not be able to solve any of the problems she wants to because it will continue to be the partisan fight we have now. We don't have universal healthcare now and the reason is she was not willing to work with anyone and it did not pass the first time she tried. Why don't we give someone else a chance to accomplish what she FAILED at when she tried. Also I am tired of her talking about all of her experience. She was not the president but the presidents wife. She was not the Governor of Arkansas but the Governor's wife. She was also a corporate lawyer for many years. I don't want that type of experience in the White House. I want a person who turned down the corporate job to help the poor and needy. I want a person that knows what it is like to be poor. I want a person who knows what I have went through needing to have two jobs to afford college. I want a person who has struggled to pay the bills and know what student loans are first hand.

    January 22, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  9. J

    Chaunda, allow me to be the first then to say it to you (as I've said it for the last year since I – and many of my fellow compatriots – converted into Democrats due to Obama's message. I will HAPPILY vote against any Republican or Independent who runs against Barack Obama. For so many years I've been holding my nose as I pulled a ballot and voted for what I considered to simply be the lesser of evils. Now we have an opportunity to truly elect a statesman. Someone who isn't mired in the tunnel visioned mindset that plagues both Democrats and Republicans. And I assure you I am not alone.

    Obama '08!!!

    P.S. And lest it go by you without notice, my kind (non-zealot, sane, rational voting public who looks at each individual candidate and not a party) is the one that decides general elections. So unless the GOP loses its mind and doesn't nominate McCain, I find it seriously laughable that Hillary will ever beat him given all of us moderates will flock to McCain (who second only to Barack is really the only other true statesman in this whole insane campaign).

    January 22, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  10. Amy in GA

    I think if HIlary clinton is the nominee she will lose. What is the US Presidency seat a Monarchy, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton,... IF you want a monarchy, move to England. If you want a true President, Vote for Barack Obama.

    January 22, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  11. JDR

    I will vote for Obama because he is the only one that can win in a general election. Clinton Is hated by the republicans and disliked by independents like me. If Clinton wins the nomination she will push every independent away from the party. However, If Obama wins then not only will he win the majority of the independents he will even get some Republicans to cross over.

    It would be political suicide if the Democrate nominate Clinton. Clinton is nothing more than a democratic version of Bush and the country will be worse of then it is now.

    Vote Republician if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination.

    January 22, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  12. Jen VA

    I want to remind everyone who states that Obama can not build bridges between ALL Americans that, I believe, you are not looking at this election in its larger context. For a moment, pull back and look at the situation. There are currently three largely supported political candidates running for the Democratic nomination. We, as Democrats, should not be subjected to divisive political campaigns in a DEMOCRATIC nomination race! Many people are going to disagree with that. It is not of our best political interest as Democrats to have a RESPECTED Democratic President mischaracterizing a Democratic nominee. Yes, Pres. Clinton is Hillary's husband, but he is also OUR last acting Democratic President. There is a conflict of interest in this regardless of how you see it. It is this conflict of interest that has prompted many respectable Democrats to ask Pres. Clinton to tone it down, ultimately to be conscious of the conflict of interest.. Let's stop the divisiveness by not playing into it; "Unity is the great need to the hour!"
    Obama '08!

    January 22, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  13. James Brown ( Independent )

    Obama is the right man for the job , if you want something to actually get done.

    If you like the way things are , vote for Clinton , she thinks just exactly like Bush.

    Edwards did do better tonight , but the best he can hope for is the VP slot.

    January 22, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  14. Lisa Comstock

    As we all know, (and it is the main focus of the media) , that this is a historical time in US history, Black male, female candidate, however, I for one can not and will not just sit back and relish it. Unfortunately this time around, we can not afford to continue to focus on that because, right now we are in the fight of our lives. It will go down in history either way, but we really truly need to look beyond all of that and get very serious! How many times will I hear that someone will vote for BO or HC because of their chances of election!!! that's so over! I personally support John Edwards, not because he is white, not because he is a man, not because his dear wife has cancer, not because I want him to be a spoiler or a king maker. It is because I have been diligent in listening to the candidates intently, exploring the records, consistancies and very importantly, not just what they say but their ideas on how to do things. Please, what ever you do in this election, don't pass up this opportunity to make an informed decison, then vote with conviction, not popularity, not what the media guides you to do but what you have a right to do with pride.

    January 22, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  15. Jen VA

    Also, for you who has posted negative comments toward Obama's building bridges abilities as President because quote:
    "The fact that republican are afraid to to be too outwardly hostile to him because (300 pound gorilla in the room) he is black and they do not want to be seen as racist?" It is unfortunate to hear that comment.

    You also stated that HIllary Clinton is doing well not "because of a [political] machine that is because of strength. Strength that Hillary has continued to show. Strength to lead our nation."
    This statement epitimizes the difference between those who support Obama and those who support Clinton. Yes, Clinton is strong and HER strength could lead the nation. Contrastingly ,Obama is strong but it is OUR strength with him that will lead this nation!!!!

    January 22, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  16. Bob, Florida-RFO

    Here we go the black thing again!

    I am so sick of reading the same comments. I'd bet that if CNN tracks these comments by origin IP address it will show that 80% of the comments come from the same supporters.

    At least if you use Facebook or some of the other internet blog site you can reply directly to the commenter.

    ABC '08

    January 22, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  17. JS

    As a republican, I'd love to vote for Obama. But then I realize he has the platform of the most evil organization of our generation, the Democratic party, behind him.

    I wish him luck. I think if he beats Clinton in the primary he will likely be our next president. I will not vote for him.

    January 22, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  18. Anonymous

    The only real choice in this election seems to be Obama. He has reached out and gained the respect of many young voters and seems to be the direction this country wants to head in. He talks about in his book how after World War II the senators used to discuss the issues that were on the floor over a few glasses of beer. Republicans and Democrats in a relaxed setting, figuring out what is best for this country and its people.

    Nowadays, and over the last eight years we've seen republican's push nothing but their values onto the rest of the country. Bush and Cheney have disgraced the Constitution and refused to accept any good idea that may have come from a democrat.

    The truth is that is what our country had become. Most politicians stick by party lines and refuse to listen to reason. Obama, in all his idealism, has also hit on a philosophy that has lasted over a millennium: "All in moderation". The truth is that it is never the extremes that get the best results, but those ideas in the middle.

    You will be hard pressed to find those ideas from the average democrat or republican. Barack is at least willing to listen to all sides and all parties. We are not a nation divided... thats a farce designed to gain votes.

    If you want another 4 years of someone that cares more about their money backings and themself than the american people, then vote for Hilary.

    You want a real change in this country where people come first, look to Obama. Every major bill that he has wrote has been from working with not just democrats, but republicans. He promises a government where we all push forward towards our similarities and what we all want (which is considerable).

    Yes we have our differences, but those will probably never work themselves out. So lets focus on the likenesses we have.

    Time magazine put Obama in the top 10 people that would change the world. Lets give him that chance.

    January 22, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  19. anita

    Obama has a very powerful message of hope for the future of our country and the world. With Hillary its back to the likes of Madeline Albright who thought it was okay to starve half a million Iraqi children and after that Hillary wanted to kill another half million children along with the best and brightest of America. Does anybody supporting Hillary have a brother who has been maimed for life, unable to even recognize his wife and children in the Iraq war? There are 30,000 so affected in our country, not to mention the countless Iraqis.

    How can the democrats vote for a pro-Iraq war candidate? Clearly Hillary has very poor judgment about national security.

    January 22, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  20. aisha naeem

    HE IS TALKING FAIRYTALE.WHEN I LISTEN TO HIM ITS LIKE WATCHING CIDERELLA STORY MOVIE .ITS ONLY WHEN MOVIE FINISHES U GET HIT WITH ISSUES OF LIFE AND THEN I KNOW WHO TO VOTE FOR
    GO HILLARYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    January 22, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  21. chicagoNICK

    the dems in congress cant end the war right now because they dont have the votes to over ride a bush veto. if we had a working majorty like Obama has proposed things could get done. the biggest problems weve had in goverment over the last eight years has been because republicans not listening to outside soures to achive goals. as democrats lets not make the same mistake lets move forward and never look back. One more thing the evidence Obama can bring togther colications is that he appeals to people of all back grounds from black women on the south side of chicago to white men in small towns in New Hampshire.

    hey Chaunda You dont have to vote Obama, but dont sell your soul instead vote Edwards

    January 22, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  22. John, IA

    If Republicans are the party of ideas, I might just vote Republican during general election if Obama becomes the nominee.

    January 22, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  23. David from Texas

    How can Obama win the General Election when he can't win the Southwestern and Western States that have huge Hispanic voters. It is clear that he lost the Hispanic vote 3 to 1 in Nevada. I live in the Southwest and the Hispanic vote will be very important in this election if the Democrats hope to win in the Southwestern States. Obama will never carry the majority of the Southeastern states (heart of the Republican country), because they are solid Republican and not even close to going Democrat-regardless of who is the nomination. It would take a miracle from above for any Democrat to win the majority of Southeastern States. Obama may speak of being a uniter, but he sure has along way to go, and a few months to change a lot of minds. Moving past Blue states and Red states sound good-but reality it reality.

    The facts are what they are:

    We currently we have 1 black U.S. Senator and 1 black Governor.
    We currently have 8 women Governors and 16 U.S. women Senators.
    We currently have a woman Speaker of the House.

    If I am wrong with my facts, someone please correct me. I want to be factual in my data.

    It appears to me that the country is more inclined to elect women to higher state and federal positions. This may be an indicator that Hillary may have a better chance than Obama.

    January 22, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  24. jep

    I couldn't agree more with you Kim, we need leaders with substance, not only elouqency.

    January 22, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  25. AVAN

    im so tired of partisan bickering and fingerpointing...there were more votes last year on whether or not to vote on immigration...barrack obama is the best candidate to promote building bridges and build relationships, and even if it is an idealistic message it is better than hillarys partisan war-like message

    congress is almost half and half. A president who wishes to start a fight will lead to inactivity is the worse thing this country can have. Itll be bush but instead of tax cuts itll be tax increases...she could not bring the troops home she far to divisive

    January 22, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
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