At progressive gathering, hints of anxiety about Obama
June 21st, 2013
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At progressive gathering, hints of anxiety about Obama

San Jose, California (CNN) - Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic firebrand, stood behind a podium at the San Jose Convention Center and neatly summed up the current zeitgeist of the left.

"Is the president perfect?" Dean asked a buzzing audience of left-leaning bloggers, political activists and organizers on Thursday evening. "No. But it sure is better than having Bain Capital, I mean Mitt Romney, in there."

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Democrats come in al flavors. Howard Dean is one who is more left than most. It's been people like him who have been complaining all along about the president's policies being too conservative.

    June 21, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Boomer in Mo

    He appears to be remarkably incompetent.

    June 21, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    A nice change of pace to read about the Left, since this site is otherwise obsessed with Republicans.

    Also amusing to read that the only people talking about Hillary in 2016 are reporters. Indeed, we basically wrote off Clinton before 08 - hence, Obama.

    But to my fellow leftists: be smarter in your critiques of Obama. To say there's been no job creation is false. To say there's been no PLANS for job creation is false. These statements feed into right-wing falsities. Know the data before speaking to reporters who are just dying to augment an anti-Obama narrative.

    June 21, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. A Kickin` Donkey

    Democrats are either confident enough, or "independent" enough that they tolerate little snipets of division. Leave it to CNN to put a "Fox-like" spin on half of a sentence from Howard Dean.

    June 21, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Yawn. Talk about inside-the-beltway yammering. Nobody's going to ever be elected POTUS who is able to please the entirety of their base 100% of the time. Ever. EVER. And quoting Howard Dean, who is left enough to make even me cringe sometimes, on the subject of whether progressives are "concerned" about whether Obama is "perfect" is a bit ridiculous. Very very few liberals or progressives are sitting around wringing their hands over their differences with Obama and manufacturing a narrative that attempts to blow those differences out of proportion is either deliberately dishonest or just more evidence of the MSM's remarkable in-the-bubble myopia as to the real state of affairs "outside the beltway."

    June 21, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Evergreen

    No, the President is not perfect. However, considering our last president and those who campaigned for the job in 2012, he comes very close.

    June 21, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Blah Blah Blah. When you have a broad tent of groups that are Democrats, of course everyone is not going to be happy and get everything they want. I'm proud to be in a party that has diversity and different views unlike our counterpart. That's the beauty of democracy. You've got to give a little and take a little. Ahhh! CNN is at attempting to cause a rift among us Dems. In the words of Rev. Al, "Nice try, but we gotcha!"

    June 21, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Ron L

    I supported the President and he has been far from perfect, his WEAKEST traits are he really is not a politician in the true sense of the word and often his administration is not aggressive enough in pointing out the laws and actions he would like implemented but are stagnant in the Congress. The people who think he is a horrible President are not looking at the events in a non-political way. For instance we as a country have spoken about how badly America need to begin repairing it's extremely old infrastructure. This has been a bipartisan event for the last 50 years and now because politics is more important than actually helping the country. NOTHING is being done. Politics for the sake of politics is the biggest obstacle in America today.

    June 21, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    President Obama discovered like his predecessors that governing is a lot more difficult than running for office.

    June 21, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. tom l.

    @Dutch
    I said: So you're blaming repubs for not possibly approving someone (which you dont even know if that's true) for oversight of Obama but you're not going to blame Obama for his obvious over reach.
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    You replied: If you read the article you would see that libertarian republicans requested Congress to do something about it. So yes, I blame Mitch McObstruction and the rest of his republican colleagues. As far as over reach goes, this spy program wasn't started under Obama, it was started under Bush. Bush wiretapped phone calls without a warrant while Obama put the FISA court in place to obtain a warrant. Biased much?

    This is an all time clasic by you. So, I voted for Ron Paul and have been against the Patriot Act from the outset. So, no I'm not biased. I just love seeing the hypocrisy of partisan hacks such as yourself. Yes, Bush wiretapped without warrants and that was a problem. You think that these FISA rubber stamped warrants are any better? Just wait until there's a President Jeb Bush and then you will be whining about that. These past few weeks have been really telling about the lack of any type of intellectual honesty from the left. I love that you go to the Bush card with this program being started. That makes it worse because that means that your guy has just continued with Bush policies, and in this case, has actually expanded the program. It seems what you're really complaining about is that Obama has no self control and needs oversight to stop him from doing something wrong. Wow, dude. Try to start thinking for yourself a bit rather than parroting off what the dems tell you to say. It's really sad.

    June 21, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. tom l.

    @Dutch,
    FISA (formerly FISC) has rejected a grand total of 11 of the more than 33,000 requests.

    June 21, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Very very few liberals or progressives are sitting around wringing their hands over their differences with Obama and manufacturing a narrative that attempts to blow those differences out of proportion is either deliberately dishonest
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    There is no either or Sniffit. It is deliberately dishonest.....and boooooring.
    Yawn. Move over Sniffit you're hogging up the bed. Lol!

    June 21, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Borderless

    There will always be a few holdouts defending a president no matter how terrible he is. Nixon had his share of defenders as well. The Obama supporters who continue to make excuses for him are finding themselves on the wrong side of history. Please, continue on. If we remember your rants at all, it will just be as a humorous little anecdote.

    June 21, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. smith

    Oh..geez...Dirty Dean.. who let this nut out

    June 21, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Uh,
    Now why would the (Progressives) (Idiots) complain about Obama. After it is he, that says the (Rich) aren't paying their fair share. No doubt the (Idiots) are un happy that Obama is still voting present too often.

    June 21, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. ST

    Come on my fellow Dems, you have to praise this President. He has been working at the centre point since he was elected and re-elected. That is very good leadership to any understanding person. You must understand that he is not leading the lefties only, he leads others who do not belong there. You made him to reach there BUT you should also realise he is the President of all people. Right?

    June 21, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ron L

    I supported the President and he has been far from perfect, his WEAKEST traits are he really is not a politician in the true sense of the word and often his administration is not aggressive enough in pointing out the laws and actions he would like implemented but are stagnant in the Congress.
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    YESSSSSS Ron L.
    You nailed it, he is not a politician. I would say he is a good tactician but not a politician. He's too much of a statesman, in my opinion. He is dealing with the lowest of the low. He's had four years to see and embrace that fact. He is no longer running for re-election. I was hoping to see him dig in and run them over as far as his executive powers allowed him to mow them over and their goal to stymie him and stagnate any progress that the country has and could make under his administration.
    Yes Ron L, I was looking for more of the "Black man" in his second term instead, thus far, the moon is barking back at the rabid dog.
    Don't get caught up Mr. President. Regroup. Refocus. RELOAD!!!!

    June 21, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. GonzoinHouston

    If the far left and the far right are both unhappy with him, then he is probably doing a good job.

    June 21, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    That statement I would totally disagree with. Any OTHER option, but Obama, was preferable to Obama.

    June 21, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. Guest

    Keep sucking the obamapop sheeple, he is the biggest obstacle to progresss and the most divisive in our history. Impeach Obama!

    June 21, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Tea Party Thomas

    Obama is a socialist. Americans hate socialism.

    June 21, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. tom l.

    @Dominican Mama
    Just what is more of the "Black man"? Wow. As if that's not about as racist a comment as there could possibly be.

    June 21, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Someone asked what is a "neo-libertarian"? Read the views and opinions expressed on these blogs. Over the years, Ron Paul has given libertarianism an extreme make-over. Now Rand supporters are coming here to express the same views held by both father and son. Views that neither politician can voice for himself because the offensive demeanor behind so many of them.

    June 21, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Guygyl

    I do not care all this one–this nation needs GUN-BAN LAWS. Period.

    June 21, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, I am apparently NOT to be given the chance to say I never thought Mr. Obama was perfect to begin with ... let alone 6 months into what is now his second term.

    June 21, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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