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Carrying The Liberal Torch

- December 13, 2013

IN HIS SECOND TERM, OBAMA IS SHAPING A MORE LEFT-WING AGENDA  

In His Second Term, Obama Is Pushing “Progressive Populism With An Aggressive Spending-Oriented, Activist Government.” “President Barack Obama wants to sound like a different kind of Democrat. He’s connecting to progressive populism with an aggressive, spending-oriented, activist government approach to the economy personified by Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio. Obama’s already backed raising the minimum wage, the start of what White House officials say will be a 2014 domestic agenda — including his State of the Union address and budget — that centers around income inequality and what the government is doing to increase economic mobility.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere, “President Obama Turns Left,” Politico, 12/13/13) 

 “The White House Shift Has Already Been Felt.” The White House shift has already been felt. Larry Summers withdrew from consideration to be the new Federal Reserve chair, with Janet Yellen getting the job instead. John Podesta’s hiring as the new senior counselor to the president has liberals thinking they have a man on the inside to push an economic progressive agenda. And Obama successfully lobbied Democratic senators to change the filibuster rules that were holding up his executive branch and judicial nominees.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere, “President Obama Turns Left,” Politico, 12/13/13)

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH): Obama Set The Stage For Raising Taxes To Pay For More Spending In His Reelection Campaign, And Is “Right Now Where He Should Have Been Coming Out Of The Presidential Election” In Advancing His Agenda. “Obama used a Dec. 2011 speech in Osawatomie, Kan. to set a tone for his reelection, and his argument to raise taxes to pay for more spending was central to the campaign. But that’s dissipated over the course of the year. ‘The president’s right now where he should have been coming out of the presidential election, because he was that way going into the presidential election,’ said Brown, who said he’s had preliminary conversations with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough about policy ideas for the State of the Union.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere, “President Obama Turns Left,” Politico, 12/13/13)

Obama Is Embracing The Liberal Agenda That’s Become The Mainstream In His Party 

“The Progressive Wing Of The Party Has Picked Up Considerable Strength In The Past Decade On Issues Such As Income Inequality, The Environment And Social Welfare Issues.”  “The progressive wing of the party has picked up considerable strength in the past decade on issues such as income inequality, the environment and social welfare issues. Progressives have also been very adept at harnessing new technology platforms to effectively advocate their positions on these issues. While the president has been generally supportive, he hasn’t given them everything that they have asked for during the last five years.” (Doug Sosnik, “Which Side Of The Barricade Are You On?” Politico Magazine, 11/25/13)

  • Liberals Will Put “More Pressure On Candidates Who Seek The Party’s Nomination For Elected Office To Support Their Issues In Order To Get Their Support.” “For the most part, Obama has been given a pass when he hasn’t committed his support or delivered on his campaign promises. In the future, we can expect the left to place much more pressure on candidates who seek the party’s nomination for elected office to support their issues in order to get their support.” (Doug Sosnik, “Which Side Of The Barricade Are You On?” Politico Magazine, 11/25/13)  

The Majority Democrats Are “More Populist” Than They’ve Been In Years And More Focused On Income Inequality, Supportive Of Entitlements, Skeptical Of Big Business And In Favor Of Financial Regulation. “On one side is a majority of Democratic voters, who are angrier, more disaffected, and altogether more populist than they’ve been in years. They are more attuned to income inequality than before the Obama presidency and more supportive of Social Security and Medicare. They’ve grown fonder of regulation and more skeptical of big business. A recent Pew poll showed that voters under 30—who skew overwhelmingly Democratic—view socialism more favorably than capitalism.” (Noam Scheiber, “Hillary’s Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren,” New Republic, 11/10/13)  

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY): Progressive Economics Is “Less Repressed Now Because Of The Atmosphere.” “‘This is a broadly occurring thing, and obviously it will occur in different ways in different places, and at different speeds in different places,’ said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), one of de Blasio’s key supporters at home and a long time opponent of the national party’s spending cut mentality. ‘The progressive economics is the popular economics. It’s less repressed now because of the atmosphere.’” (Edward-Isaac Dovere, “President Obama Turns Left,” Politico, 12/13/13)

  • Nadler: Obama “Should Start Talking More About A Clear And Strong Progressive Vision… Then We Win A Majority In 2014, Then We Have Two Years.” “‘He has a year and a half to define the party. Ideally, he should start talking more about a clear and strong progressive vision—while doing what he can through executive actions—then we win a majority in 2014, then we have two years,’ Nadler said. ‘And that’s his legacy.’” (Edward-Isaac Dovere, “President Obama Turns Left,” Politico, 12/13/13)

WITH HIS POPULARITY AT ALL-TIME LOWS, OBAMA’S SHIFT REFLECTS A NEED TO REINVIGORATE HIS BASE AHEAD OF 2014

Obama’s Leftward Lurch Speaks To The Need For His Base To Be “Invested To Help Him Recover From His Low Poll Numbers And Give His Party A Platform.” “Obama needs his base invested to help him recover from his low poll numbers and give his party a platform as Democrats try to make the House competitive and hold onto to their majority in the Senate. And those in the coalition that won Obama two elections — young people, African-Americans, Latinos, single women and immigrants — are precisely the ones hit hardest by the doldrum economy.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere, “President Obama Turns Left,” Politico, 12/13/13)

  • Pew Research: 53 Percent Of Republican And Republican-Leaning Voters Say They Are “Very Enthusiastic” About Voting In The 2014 Midterms, Compared To 47 Percent Of Democrats Or Democrat-Leaning Voters. (“Republicans More Optimistic Than Democrats About Midterms,” Pew Research Center, 12/13/13)

As He Turns More To The Left, Obama’s Popularity Is Sinking To Its Lowest Levels

AP-GfK Poll:President Barack Obama's Approval Rating Was Negative: 58 Percent Disapprove Of The Job He's Doing As President, While 42 Percent Approve.” (Charles Babington and Jennifer Agiesta, “AP-GFK Poll: Low Approval Of Congress, Obama,” The Associated Press, 12/11/13)

  • Just 14 Percent “Strongly” Approve, While 32 Percent “Strongly” Disapprove. (AP-GfK Poll, 1367A, MoE 3.5% 12/5-9/13)

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll: 54 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Job Performance – The Highest Proportion For The Poll - While Just 43 Percent Approve.  “Both personally and professionally Americans have downgraded their assessments of Mr. Obama in ways that complicate his ability to push through his policies, the survey shows. Most conspicuous lately have been the problems with the rollout of the new health care law, which compounded damage earlier from controversies over the National Security Agency surveillance programs and the Internal Revenue Service. The result: Mr. Obama's approval rating stands at just 43 percent, while 54 percent disapprove of his performance—the highest proportion of his presidency. Mr. Obama's standing, 52 percent in January following his Nov. 2012 re-election, has edged down all year.” (John Harwood, “Obama Suffered During First Year Of Second Term: Poll,” CNBC, 12/11/13)

  • “And A Combined 50 Percent Say They Are Either ‘Disappointed’ Or ‘Dissatisfied’ With The President, Versus A Combined 28 Percent Who Are ‘Proud’ Or ‘Satisfied.’” (Mark Murray, “NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama Ends Year On Low Note,” NBC News, 12/10/13)
     
  • 54 Percent Of Americans Believe Obama Is Facing A Long-Term Setback. “A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that more Americans disapprove of the president’s job performance than ever before; half say they’re either disappointed or dissatisfied with his presidency and 54 percent believe he’s facing a long-term setback.” (Mark Murray, “NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama Ends Year On Low Note,” NBC News, 12/10/13)

Quinnipiac University Poll: “Obama’s Job Approval Among Voters Has Dropped To A New Low, A Negative 38-57 Percent.” “President Barack Obama's job approval among American voters drops to a new low, a negative 38 - 57 percent, as the outlook for Democrats running for Congress and the U.S. Senate fades also, according to a national poll released today.” (Quinnipiac University Poll, 2692 RV, MoE 1.9%, 12/3-9/13)


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