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)
  1. Michelle

    It sure does appeal to me.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. James

    If he can be startled by Hillary's attacks tonight and he is still stuttering...he's not ready for the Republican Swift Boat attack machine.

    Consensus building is great, but only if you can stand up against the wind. If he gets knocked down under pressure, which appears more likely now...he will never be able to negotiate anything and will fold like a house of cards.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. judy

    If people would just take a breath, they would realize that Obama is the right man for the job at this time in our country's history.

    It's been Bush, Clinton, Bush...each presidency get more and more divisive in its tone. We baby boomers are so into ourselves that we don't want to believe that it's time to cede power to the next generation of leaders.

    Hilary, would be a good president, she is smart, tough, clever but she will not heal us, she will only deepen the divide.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Don Wyatt

    1. Everyone all needs to get off of the continuing minor distinction lines about this poll or that poll and whether or not someone will do something or not when President, i.e. John Edwards continuing pointed attack against Hilliary Clinton about donations, etc., to who. He needs to get over it. Her point of putting the best qualitifed people. I would hope she does not cower to special interest and do not think she will to any detrimental extent.

    2. All agree that they are for (and believe most reasonable people believe this) they desire policies to 'raise the tide and lift all boats' vs the Republican stances of everyone for themselves and sorry about your luck if you are not as fortunate as they are.

    3. Get off the race issues. They are devisive and do not believe any of the three candiates is a bigot, racist, or other type individual who wouldn't at least try to serve all Americans, not just those of their party, religion, race, sex, etc.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. cas

    Obama is great. Read both his books. His message is terrific. But he has only walked on the earth for 45 years, and has not accrued the wisdom needed for the very complicated and demanding job of President.

    There are REAL differences between these candidates and the Republicans. The debates between the 2 parites nominees will be electric.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Sierra

    It seems that Barack's message all the way up until now, has been rallying the independents and the Democratic base. I really want to see who wins in Florida even tho is doesn't count. I believe Barack's appeal is because he speaks that is straight to the point and his voting backs up his beliefs. I believe that Democrats are ready for a change from their politicians and not just having people in office how with jelly spines and loud mouths.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. Tom

    There is so much side steping and double talk that I just turned off...its not a debate...its about who is more black or who is more in touch with the poor...total garbage ! The are all children of privlege and they just do not get it !!

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Teacher voter

    At this point, Obama has the best stragedy for the nation!

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Bernie Dennis

    Much to my surprise...Edwards sounds the most compelling....Obama rambles and at times looks defensive,,,and Hillary too often sounds like a shrill terrrier...this has been a fine broadcast...i am a smarter voter as a result...

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. susana104

    I believe both Obama and Edwards can unite the country because I think both are leaders capable of inspiring people and forming effective teams from all parties. I think Clinton is Bush in a pant suit who will further divide the country.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. Kathryn Gordon

    What Obama is talking about is actually how to get these progressive measures SUCCESSFULLY PASSED! The old-machine politicals might be happy to keep winning elections by a hair's breadth, but without a WORKING MAJORITY nothing will change!! I don't want to just win so there's a "D" by the President's name, I want us to win so that we can actually EFFECT CHANGE! Thank you Obama!

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. DLS

    Hilary sounds like she has been the only person EVER in Washington that has done anything. Her voice and eyes say " don't disagree with me because I'm always right." Now I know she ruled Bill...well almost..

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. lee

    It better because it is the only way we will get real issues solved!!

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. Nick

    Obama looks shakey and if often deferential to Hillary. There was missed opportunities challenging Hillary, instead focusing on Edward's concerns.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. david in NYC

    Democrats have already taken on Republicans and won in the 2006 midterm elections.

    Now what Democrats are ready to do is take on Democrats. After putting Dems in Congress in 06, Dems immediately saw that "their" winning candidates didn't have the spine they hoped they would. ONCE AGAIN.

    Dems WILL rally behind Obama because he saw that the BIPARTISAN decision to invade Iraq would be a foolish, globe-upsetting disaster, and it has been. They know that if he wins, he'll lead us into the BIPARTISAN future of RESTORING INTERNATIONAL RESPECT FOR AMERICA.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. Dinah

    Hillary is wearing me out. She is acting like a 4th grade bratty girl on the playground. Na na na boo boo. Please America: do not make her our president. Is this what we want representing us in the world? John Edwards is the only one with the class and common sense to bring this country back to a true democracy of the people.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Marianne Reilly

    Obama scores on the fact that Hilary's too old school to take a completely fresh approach on our foreign policy.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. Mike

    I went into this evening wondering if a Hillary-Obama ticket would be possible. Now I'm wondering if an Obama-Edwards ticket is possible. She's just coming across as an angry bitter screecher.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  19. jacksontod

    'overcoming the politics of fear' – that is a coup and a distinction. Obama just found his voice tonight.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. John MacDonald

    It better rally the Dems. If they get bogged down in just a fight with the Republicans it will turn off many voters who then may not come out. They need those voters as their base cannot beat the Republicans on its own. Saw that in 2004. They need to reach out, and Hillary doesn't seem to be doing that enough.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. kelmal

    Just curious....who chose the chairs the candidates are sitting in?

    Due to seat height and depth...neither Edwards nor Clinton can 'sit' in them without looking less 'presidential'. (Notice how Edwards is permanently leaning forward...if he didn't...his feet would barely reach the ground; Clinton leans back and looks stuffy)

    Was this a screw up or intentional??????


    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. Gary

    Interesting that they have anointed McCain the Republican nominee. I wonder if McCain is better for the Dems than Romney.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  23. Terrence

    The key question is can he create bridge of migration for "obama republicans" the same way Reagan built a bridge for Reagan Democrats. This is what he was driving at when he spoke of his admiration for the transformative Reagan in Nevada. Of the three candidates, he is the most appealing and naturally inclined along these lines followed by Edwards then Hillary who, to the contrary, is the most galvanizing dynamic existing for the Republicans.

    Democrats would vote for gary Coleman if he were the democratic republican...anyone but the Republicans.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. John Hardina

    Yes Bill, UNITING AMERICA is to me the MOST important thing. NO MORE Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton- Bush (Jeb)

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. Susan

    Bill, Democrats want to win in November...... I think Hillary needs to make distinctions

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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