Liberals claim momentum from Obama address
January 29th, 2014
01:45 PM ET
8 months ago

Liberals claim momentum from Obama address

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's decision to highlight issues like economic inequality and the minimum wage in the State of the Union address is part of a political shift that promises to benefit Democratic candidates in this year's midterms, a top liberal campaign group said on Wednesday.

Two big themes coming out of Tuesday's address are economic populism and a "new willingness to fight" entrenched conservative interests, said Adam Green of the Washington-based Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Obama is sounding "more and more" like freshman Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a rising star on the left, Green told reporters on a conference call. And that is a "good thing for America" and "great for Democrats."

Warren's populist agenda is "smart policy and smart politics," he said. "Americans deserve a Democratic party that is fighting on their side against special interests."

Green said a number of Democratic House and Senate candidates plan to send Republican incumbents petitions calling for a higher minimum wage.

"No one who works hard ... should have to live in poverty in the richest nation in the world,” said Daylin Leach, a congressional candidate in suburban Philadelphia.

Obama's just following America," said Rick Weiland, a South Dakota Senate candidate. "People are finally waking up to the class warfare that's been waged against them" by "the super rich" in recent years.

Shenna Bellows, a liberal Democrat from Maine running for the seat now held by Republican Susan Collins, praised the President for "finally being bold and standing up" on issues like the minimum wage and climate change.

She criticized Obama, however, for failing to use the State of the Union address to discuss growing privacy concerns and issues such as electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency.

We need to "commit to real privacy reforms" and repeal the Patriot Act, she told reporters.

CNN asked Bellows about Collins's role in the Senate as part of a dwindling band of GOP moderates that stress the need for bipartisanship.

"Bipartisanship by which both sides compromise values to benefit large corporations is the worst kind of bipartisanship," she said. "I will be a bold progressive leader who will work across party lines."


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  1. Fair is Fair

    "Obama is sounding "more and more" like freshman Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a rising star on the left, Green told reporters on a conference call."
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    That's funny... I didn't hear Obama claiming to be a Cherokee.

    January 29, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Two big themes coming out of Tuesday's address are economic populism and a "new willingness to fight" entrenched conservative interests, said Adam Green of the Washington-based Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
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    Entrenched conservatives is right. By definition, conservatives are unwilling to change. Keeping things the same is the basic definition of conservatism. Unfortunately, keeping things the same for all eternity promotes stagnation, rot, and decay. In different eras, conservatives would have been against arithmetic, written language, man-made clothes, and cooked food.

    If it were not for a little bit of thinking outside of the box thousands of years ago, we wouldn't have nowhere near as many modern, scientific conveniences. I wonder how many conservatives realize just how much of their lives depend upon the very science that so many of them seem to want to suddenly disavow.

    January 29, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Claim momentum??? Based on what???????

    January 29, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Reggie53

    Momentum in what.........in taking our country into further debt. that is the only thing that the liberals/democrats are doing to our country. Momentum back into the dark ages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all they have to offer right now!!!!!! Total failures!!!!!!

    January 29, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. much thunder...little rain

    you can tell who has never made pay roll , hired works, got loans from a bank to start a business....most employers will pay fair wages if they make a profit.... comrade lein thought this would work in russia too ...

    January 29, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    ..." promises to benefit Democratic candidates in this year's midterms"

    The major factor in this year's midterms, as is in most midterms, is voter turnout. In the southern states, for the Dems this means black voters, as they make up a significant part of the southern Democratic voters.

    In Georgia, the governor and a Senate seat are up for grabs. The Dems have well-qualified candidates for both, but getting the voters out for a midterm election is near impossible.

    How about our Republican Governor's response to 2 inches of snow?? "We'll see how the weather is tomorrow; till it thaws, just stay home." If this were New Jersey, the press would be looking for a political scandal. ("We're going to see some gridlock in Atlanta; that'll teach that mayor to support a Democrat".) However, with Governor Deal, its probably just good old fashion incompetence.

    January 29, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @much thunder...little rain
    you can tell who has never made pay roll , hired works, got loans from a bank to start a business....most employers will pay fair wages if they make a profit....
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    So Walmart must be making no profit whatsoever according to how they treat their employees!
    Be we all know better.

    January 29, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Harold Read

    Liberal Momentum: We have the lowest unemployment rate in FIVE years!
    Of course it has come from the lowest employment participation rate in 35 years –and no one is hiring because of the Obamacare full-time employment taxes.
    Vote Liberal... Because we'll give you free stuff!

    January 29, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @Fair is Fair
    Claim momentum??? Based on what???????
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    He is showing some backbone and telling it like it is. He is tired of the obstructionist GOP. Bush used the executive order to power broker and (6) "faith-based" state religion precursors. I think Obama will make better use of his executive orders.

    January 29, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Claim momentum??? Based on what???????"

    I dunno what CNN bases that claim on. The quotes in the article are from one activist guy and two candidates and all they did was suggest that people are excited and looking forward to advocating their issues. CNN deliberately chose the word "momentum" and generalized it to all liberals in the headline in order to make it sound like all liberals are claiming that the speech was some sort of game-changer across the country and will massively tip the scales (polls). They were fishing for exactly your response even though the headline is absurd and not justified by the few quotes they obtained from just a couple of individuals.

    January 29, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Donna

    Claiming the momentum??? Based on the recently polling it is DOWNHILL momentum!! And it is clear this clueless President has no intention of changing his my way or the highway style so he's going to try and play dictator like his hero Hugo Chavez.

    January 29, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. smith

    Obama could kick a rock down the street and liberals would claim they have gained some sort of godly momentum.

    January 29, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Silence DoGood wrote:

    "So Walmart must be making no profit whatsoever according to how they treat their employees! Be we all know better."
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    BAM. I could read the smirk, I mean :) , in that one. That click must've felt pretty good.

    January 29, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    smith wrote:

    Obama could kick a rock down the street and liberals would claim they have gained some sort of godly momentum.
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    Beck could tell you to buy gold, send you piece of paper that says "You Own Gold", and you'd swear that you're rich.

    January 29, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. yolanda

    @Rudy says "By definition, conservatives are unwilling to change."
    Please Rudy, tell me what you're smoking. For someone who insists that others be accurate and fair, you sure do spew a bunch of nonsense. I simply can't tell if you do it for the benefit of your lapdogs, or if you actually believe the propaganda that you so righteously put forth here. You don't seem to care about civil discourse, but rather in urinating on anyone who disagrees with you, and yet you admonish me (and others) for having the temerity to question your objectivity. Get a grip.

    January 29, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. smith

    Rudy NYC

    smith wrote:

    Obama could kick a rock down the street and liberals would claim they have gained some sort of godly momentum.
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    Beck could tell you to buy gold, send you piece of paper that says "You Own Gold", and you'd swear that you're rich.

    Rudy you would be the first person cheering saying, "Great kick my awsome Mr. President".

    January 29, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. CryBabies

    I guess if I ate enough mushrooms, I'd go with the sentiment in the headline! Politics are laughable sometimes....this one is a "horselaugher".

    January 29, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    smith wrote:

    Obama could kick a rock down the street and liberals would claim they have gained some sort of godly momentum.
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    Beck could tell you to buy gold, send you piece of paper that says "You Own Gold", and you'd swear that you're rich.
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    Typical response. Off topic, irrelevant. Yawn...

    January 29, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    yolanda

    @Rudy says "By definition, conservatives are unwilling to change."
    Please Rudy, tell me what you're smoking. For someone who insists that others be accurate and fair, you sure do spew a bunch of nonsense. I simply can't tell if you do it for the benefit of your lapdogs, or if you actually believe the propaganda that you so righteously put forth here. You don't seem to care about civil discourse, but rather in urinating on anyone who disagrees with you, and yet you admonish me (and others) for having the temerity to question your objectivity. Get a grip.
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    You see, yolanda, self-affirmation is strong with that one.

    January 29, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    yolanda

    @Rudy says "By definition, conservatives are unwilling to change."
    Please Rudy, tell me what you're smoking. For someone who insists that others be accurate and fair, you sure do spew a bunch of nonsense. I simply can't tell if you do it for the benefit of your lapdogs, or if you actually believe the propaganda that you so righteously put forth here. You don't seem to care about civil discourse, but rather in urinating on anyone who disagrees with you, and yet you admonish me (and others) for having the temerity to question your objectivity. Get a grip.
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    Don't take my word for it. Look up the BASIC definition of conservative for yourself. It is one who is resistant to change. Ignore the ideologically driven definitions that describe people who are for tax cuts, 2nd Amendment rights, pro-Life, etc.

    January 29, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    yolanda

    "What about Republicans and TV reporters? It seem Republicans don't like reporters. We watched in 2012 as Bachmann walk away from a camera faster than an Olympian, and did so wearing high heels. Last night, we watched in horror as Grimm threatened to toss a reporter off of a four story balcony. Cameras seem to bring out the worst in Republicans, too. When they speak to one, they have this characteristic habit of lying."

    Wow. Professor Rudy is comparing (Fidy Cents) comment on Progressives disliking veterans to Repubs disliking reporters. Congratulations. We now have a winner for the Deflector of the Year. Gosh Rudy, it appears that you don't practice what you preach. Shocking.
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    Is this your example of civil discourse.

    January 29, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. tom l

    Can you imagine if there was an article on here about repubs gaining momentum with absolutely nothing behind that statement like this article? I can hear the false equivalence calls now... ;)

    January 29, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Marcus (from...?)

    Well, let's see. One State of the Union vs. 3 different 'answers' to it by the opposition.
    And everybody is talking about... the SOTU. Even FAUX News' website is talking more about the SOTU than of the 'rebutals'.
    So there is a momentum? Hardly, just the fact that President's Obama speech last night carries way more weight than all 3 'LOOK AT US!!!!' acts from the GOP.
    But that was predictable....

    January 29, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. just saying

    @Rudy says "By definition, conservatives are unwilling to change."
    Please Rudy, tell me what you're smoking. For someone who insists that others be accurate and fair, you sure do spew a bunch of nonsense. I simply can't tell if you do it for the benefit of your lapdogs, or if you actually believe the propaganda that you so righteously put forth here. You don't seem to care about civil discourse, but rather in urinating on anyone who disagrees with you, and yet you admonish me (and others) for having the temerity to question your objectivity. Get a grip.
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    for goodness ake don't take anything rudy says seriously and certainly not as fact. he has been proven a liar far too many times to be taken seriously or trusted with posting facts. he still believes that if you like your health insurance plan you can keep it. he's a non-stop koolaide drinker, or a drinker of other more potent substances that muddles ones thinking.

    January 29, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Fish

    It's a good thing somebody got something out of last night, I have heard it all before if he President would have been upfront he could have simply stepped to the podium, no teleprompter and said "DITTO" God night and God bless my speechwriters!!! And if I hear a weakling "God Bless The United States" one more time I'm liable to puke. Why not say simply God Bless Our Nation!!! by saying the United States it sounds phony as if he isn't a part of it!!!

    January 29, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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