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

Schneider: Obama's post-partisan message

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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)

    Barack will be the next President of 2009.

    January 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. hank

    Way to go Edwards, you made it crystal clear

    January 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. Ryan

    I completely agree with Obama – I am an avid Democrat and want to see this country succeed. We MUST move past the partisan bickering and more of the same attacks across the aisle – regardless of where it starts – will only hold back our potential. Obama is talking about exactly what we need to do to move forward. Clinton, in many respects, represents more of the same Washington hostility that we have become accustomed with.

    January 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. James

    I don't think so...It is a dream...not reality...Obama speaks in a tone of both parties working together...america is not set up that way...there are two parties...therfore two sides to every issue...it is the way it is..."Talking" about it is a long way from actually making it happen.

    January 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. magda

    nah...it sounds very nice but everyone knows it is not realistic (even those that will blog and state that is what we need, etc. know it's all "blah, blah, blah)

    obama...he should stick to being an inspirational speaker...he certainly 'ain't" presidential at all

    experience, competence and a REAL chance of winning this election lies in a clinton/edwards ticket

    January 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. Lee

    Dear God How many minutes does Obama get? He keeps saying Wait let em finish. Geeze shut up.

    January 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. DRandall

    John Edwards rocks! He's bringing to light during this debate what most American's are thinking...

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Anne

    If Democrats are smart, they'll realize that seething isn't going to help our country move forward. Seething against the current administration has gotten us nowhere... being anti-Bush is not a stance, and I think many Democrats are eager to define themselves as something more than that. We can really make history by getting past this whole red-blue, black-white, you're-either-with-us-or-against mentality so that our nation can resume its place in the world again. Obama 08!

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Bill Allison

    One of the greatest issues in this campaign, and one that hasn't been raised, is that of restoring America's stature in the rest of the world. I think that Obama does that. I also think that he is inspirational at a time when Americans long to be inspired. I also think that Obama's background indicates that he has the ability to unite disparate factions.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Rachael

    It should rally the democrats-we can't be divided by the minutia! our minor differences will allow destroy this nation. Obama is right we need to build bridges with each other because bottom line, our differences define us as a nation. White, black, gay, straight, christian, muslim-whatever...we have the right to be whomever we want as is ordained by the constution. Its a beautiful thing to actually become one nation in more than words. This is truly an era that heralds something magnificent in regards to what we can become. Obama is the man to take us there. Clinton should be VP.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. Jason Rollins

    It may not speak to the Democratic base, but what about the immense Independent middle?

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. Vicki Leech

    I find it interesting that Bill Clinton is consistantly brought into the mix and Hillary is asked how much influence/input he will have in her presidency if she is elected. I am curious as to why Barack is never asked how much influence/input Oprah Winfrey will have in his preseidency if he is elected and what exactly that influence/input will be?

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Robby Slaughter

    Post-partisan should mean non-partisan--inclusive. There's a reason President Washington warned against against the rise of political parties-they tend to stifle democracy.

    Is CNN reinforcing this problem? Where are the independent debates? Where are candiates like Kucinch and Gravel, who CNN has excluded?

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. David H

    Obama is hands down the most uniting of any of the candidates. He gives incredible hope to all Americans. He gives me pride to an American again.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. Luke

    Barack Hitting the nail on the head with his views on foreign policy and battling a possible Mccain showdown.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. Barry G.

    Hey Bill...are you on Hillary's payroll? You are far from the detached analyst tonight. I am disappointed in you.


    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. Doreen

    Once again the same old same old is coming across, who can beat the Republicans? Inclusiveness is not coming across from any of the candidates. They are burning bridges they are trying to build by making the R word sound dirty.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. Aaron

    How can Obama think you don't need foreign policy experience? Did I hear that correctly?

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. Andrew

    That's why B.O. draws independents & Republicans. Will he rally the Dem's? If they buy into his vision of a coalition between the three. If not, Hillary will probably win.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. David Cooper

    Obama is clearly Presidential. The attack on him is a healthy thing; test by fire.

    H. Clinton speaks in a sing-song manner and after a while all of her responses have a dulling sameness to them. It's all "wonk."

    Edwards would be a fine running mate as VP with Obama.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  21. Nylor

    Yes it can rally the Democratic base and Republican base. I believe Barack needs to stay on message. There is not a red or blue America, but one America.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. RL

    It's a great approach but it's hardly novel. Quite frankly, it doesn't take very much to say that you're going to be the one to unite both parties. Whether you can actually do it is something else entirely and, personally, I'm skeptical. I find Hillary's approach much more realistic.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. sandy lear

    I just want to vote for all three candidates. let them draw straws for president , V.P. and Sec. of State! We would be safe, strong and respected again around the world.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. dar4democracy

    Seething?..... In order to affect positive change, we must engage the entire country, across party lines, across socio-economic lines, across race lines, across gender lines.

    We cannot continue to believe that it is ok to have an "Us vs. Them" mentality and STILL get things done!

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. Kofi Brinkley

    I'm a traditionally democratic voter but I'd rather see a competent republican take the helm than see nothing change at all. If Obama has popular support and the delegate don't follow suit then what will be the result?

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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