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Tension in Democratic Party after Obama speech
Associated Press / Yahoo News ^ | January 29, 2014 | Steve Peoples

Posted on 01/30/2014 8:34:58 AM PST by Din Maker

Tensions within the Democratic Party were on display in the living rooms of Massachusetts, where liberal activists watched President Barack Obama's State of the Union address with skepticism.

"I think he offered some good things," said party host Josh Tauber, a software engineer and Democratic activist who volunteered for both of Obama's campaigns. "I would get more excited if I believed those things would happen."

Liberal leaders across the nation shared Tauber's mixed response, expressing optimism about Obama's focus on economic inequality, but also frustration with a president some think hasn't fought hard enough for liberal policies on health care, taxes and Wall Street reform. Their sentiments underscore a lingering tension between moderate and liberal Democrats pressing to shape the party's priorities during Obama's final term.

The president's recent job performance ratings have been lackluster, particularly among liberals. In an AP-GfK poll this month, just 31 percent of Americans said they would rate Obama as an outstanding or above average president, down 6 percentage points since his 2012 re-election. A quarter described him as average, and 42 percent said he's below average or poor.

The president's decline stems largely from a drop within his own party — self-described liberal Democrats most notably. Among liberals, 77 percent said in November 2012 that he was outstanding or above average. That number dropped to 65 percent in January, while moderate or conservative Democrats, Republicans and independents have held generally steady.

Back in Tauber's living room, there was no applause and few smiles after Obama finished his address. "It was a typical mainstream centrist speech," Deborah Shah, who leads the group Progressive Massachusetts, said as she headed for the door. "I'm generally underwhelmed."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democraticparty; inequalitygodzilla; sotu; speech; stateoftheunion
I'm lovin' this. Almost makes me wish I'd watched his sorry a** speech.
1 posted on 01/30/2014 8:34:58 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker

Interesting this is AP/Yahoo...


2 posted on 01/30/2014 8:36:26 AM PST by Tulane
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To: Tulane

Yep; Yahoo is very Liberal and pounce on Conservatives every chance they get in their little “Daily News Briefs”.


3 posted on 01/30/2014 8:37:26 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker

“It was a typical mainstream centrist speech,” Deborah Shah, who leads the group Progressive Massachusetts, said as she headed for the door. “I’m generally underwhelmed.”

No, really? Welcome to reality AHOLE.


4 posted on 01/30/2014 8:38:38 AM PST by V_TWIN
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To: Din Maker

Last night in Chicago, black grassroots activists reacted to President Obama’s State of the Union address at Wallace’s Catfish Corner–and it wasn’t pretty.

J.R. Fleming of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign said, “This state of the union was the same ol’ same ol’, a bunch of talk and rhetoric to give favor to a dying economy in America–and the reason why our economy is dying is the President’s approach is always to place blame…It’s not the 1 percent problem, it’s not the 99 percent problem, it’s an American problem, and the problem is patronage, nepotism and cronyism.

Joe Watkins, Founder of V.O.T.E. (Voices of the Ex-Offender) asked how raising the minimum wage was “going to help people who don’t have any jobs right now.” Watkins remarked that despite holding a graduate’s degree, he has been unemployed for four years.

But perhaps the biggest slam was when Mark Carter, also of V.O.T.E., suggested that black Americans would be better off if the President would cut his presidency short and “just quit.” Carter direct his comments to the President, saying, “if this is what you call helping us, then just stop helping us.”

Carter went on to criticize the President’s record during his time in Chicago as a community organizer. “He had never done anything for the community, he didn’t know the people in the community. All those things they talk about Altgeld Gardens, he wasn’t doing that stuff for real.”

Reread that next to last paragraph!


5 posted on 01/30/2014 8:39:35 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Din Maker
"I think he offered some good things," said party host Josh Tauber, a software engineer and Democratic activist who volunteered for both of Obama's campaigns. "I would get more excited if I believed those things would happen."

Poor Sam Adams is spinning at about 10,000 RPM, knowing what has become of his state. This virus that has infected America - collectivism - must be eradicated. It has sucked the very lifeblood from our nation, and it'll kill us completely if we don't shut down people like this moron.

6 posted on 01/30/2014 8:41:29 AM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: Don Corleone
Carter went on to criticize the President’s record during his time in Chicago as a community organizer. “He had never done anything for the community, he didn’t know the people in the community. All those things they talk about Altgeld Gardens, he wasn’t doing that stuff for real.”

The history of community organizing in 30 words.

Exactly the same behavior can be seen in the actions of Saul Alinski, Wade Rathke, Fox and Piven, Bill Ayers. It is ALWAYS about stirring up the little people to enrich themselves.
7 posted on 01/30/2014 8:46:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Din Maker

Let’s have a “Year of Action” by the US House of Representatives!

Lemme see now, - - - ?

Why not start by naming Four Special Prosecuters? One for each of the Major Obama Scandals!

The Leftstream Media could put on TV their already written and filmed “I had no idea that Obama was so evil !” stories.

And FOX News could say “We told you so!”

Ponder this:

Egypt’s Morsi and our Democrat’s Obama have the same Muslim Brotherhood mentality, and thus both men are opposed to the Common Law basis of American Culture.

The American-based logic system falls on the deaf ears of both men.

Both men have a “Big Picture” mentality of destroying their existing societies in order to establish their version of the Muslim Brotherhood System of governance.

Their responses during and after the 2012 Benghazi Murders were the most revealing insights into their shared Muslim Brotherhood values.

Neither Morsi or Obama can be reasoned with by their countrymen. Their Muslim Brotherhood Mentality prevents them from doing so.

Any opposition to their plans is used by them to strengthen their conviction that their plans are correct.

Egypt has figured all this is out, when will America do the same?


8 posted on 01/30/2014 8:47:41 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Din Maker

Josh, you ignorant slut!


9 posted on 01/30/2014 8:52:19 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Don Corleone

Your Post #5 is AWESOME!


10 posted on 01/30/2014 8:52:31 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: Don Corleone

“Reread that next to last paragraph!”

Yes, quite interesting that these black activists don’t want Obama’s help anymore. The problem is that the great majority of people like them will continue to vote for people like Obama (and get the same result). Sounds like the definition of insanity, to me.


11 posted on 01/30/2014 8:55:22 AM PST by MNGal
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To: Don Corleone

From Community organizer to living off of us, the taxpayers, here are some hints as to what he and she think of blowing our money. They damn sure do not care. This is their idea of income inequality.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2029615/Michelle-Obama-accused-spending-10m-public-money-vacations.html


12 posted on 01/30/2014 8:57:10 AM PST by Lumper20 ( clown in Chief has made some Gov employees Gestapo)
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To: Din Maker
None of these SOU speeches are really about the SOU. They are just giveaway speeches using other people's money.

A real SOU would actually address the SOU. It would tell of the successes and failures just like a real end-of-the-year corporate meeting would.

These SOU's are just crap.

13 posted on 01/30/2014 8:57:52 AM PST by Parmy
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To: Tulane

AP has ‘caught on’ to Obama...


14 posted on 01/30/2014 8:58:47 AM PST by GOPJ (Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: Din Maker
typical mainstream centrist

Not enough "shove communism down their throats" for this gal, I guess.

15 posted on 01/30/2014 8:58:48 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: cripplecreek
As I watched this speech. I knew that all this Hope and Change was going to bring was change in American politics. This president is setting a precedent.

I dont feel he is doing anything different than the last three presidents. He does have different goals and different agendas. The way he does this is still swift hard and without congress. They dont care about what truely is best for the country.

If something is broke fix it if it aint dont. There are alot of broke things. Those he spoke of should of been placed on congress to do something. I hear Tim Scott senator of SC has ways to change education. We need more of this with all Fed funds. I know we can get how much each state needs for infrastructure and place limits of time to spend otherwise those states that can should get from other states.

A free country can change the way we work and it should be those qualities that make us better. Government should not restrict but encourage growth. It should go after abuse at the federal level not state level or person. The IRS should not ever be visible to the individual but hold the state responsible.What is wrong with DC is they lost their path and I hope someday we find those that know how to right the ship.
16 posted on 01/30/2014 9:01:51 AM PST by Baseballguy (pharaphase (If someone does not believe in heaven or hell - they should not care where they go))
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To: Baseballguy

The GOP would be wise to emulate Calvin Coolidge and his belief that government should be as unobtrusive as possible. They should do as little as possible for anyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5NNNE5Bfgg

In government I’d rather pay a few people to do nothing than pay a thousand to do something.


17 posted on 01/30/2014 9:08:15 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Din Maker

They were expecting him to be a COMPETENT Socialist.
Live and Lean, Libs.


18 posted on 01/30/2014 9:10:53 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

If he was competent, he wouldn’t be a socialist.


19 posted on 01/30/2014 9:25:04 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Din Maker

You didn’t miss anything you seen one you seen them all he only has one speech MY WAY.


20 posted on 01/30/2014 9:42:18 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Din Maker
What's happening to Obama is basically the same thing that happened to Bush...just in reverse.

Bush's disapproval numbers declined due to a large number of us disapproving of his job because he wasn't conservative enough. That disapproval gets lumped in with everyone else. Obama already has a lot of independents and most conservatives who disagree with him...Now the liberals are disapproving because they don't think he's liberal enough.

21 posted on 01/30/2014 10:06:27 AM PST by NELSON111
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