Obama is an Intelligent Liberal and Many are Rooting for Him

In his NYTimes op-ed Timothy Egan asserts that many in our country recognize that Obama is a liberal AND  are still for him.  He says:  “Nearly 60 percent in the NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll viewed him as ‘very or somewhat liberal.’ And, with a shrug and thumbs up, they’re cheering for the new guy.”

Egan further states “Obama’s broad support points to an old American character trait – pragmatism. It can tilt conservative or liberal, as resilient as the times.”

Is it really possible that we are opting for pragmatism, i.e. “getting the job done” regardless vs. ideology?  I want to believe this is true, but I fail to be this optimistic.  I hope I am wrong.  What do you bloggers think?

iggy donnelly


Filed under Economics, Obama, Political Reform, Polls, World Politics

12 responses to “Obama is an Intelligent Liberal and Many are Rooting for Him

  1. wicked

    I think the Cons don’t have a choice.

  2. wicked is right.

    But most people no matter their political leanings would prefer that compromise for the good of the people was the norm and could replace political victory.

    That may be the reason behind President Obama’s high approval ratings. He has tried to reach out, but when the other side simply says no, without even an idea or an alternate plan to consider, he moves on. When and if there are two differing ideas / plans, and he doesn’t consider compromise, then it can be said his decisions are politically motivated. When his are the only ideas on the table, he is simply moving forward and making progress on our many challenges.

  3. lilacluvr

    And yet the Cons still persist in playing the victim that is never asked what they think.

    I keep hearing that from this current crop of GOP Congressional leaders and I have to ask myself – were they not listening to Obama when he had them at the White House within the first two weeks of being President?

    How many people get invited to the White House for special meetings, drinks or to watch the Super Bowl?

    These Cons don’t want to be just invited to the party – they want to take control. That is the reason behind their strategy of just saying no all the time. (I guess, but their strategy is obviously not working).

  4. wicked

    So far, Lilac. So far it’s not working. But the longer it doesn’t work, the more desperate they’ll get.

  5. Don’t all elections come down to the Independents? Because many of those on each side have chosen, and aren’t willing to budge. Independents are also those who would want progress over political victories. That would (or should) tell the Republican Party that ideas and plans are necessary. Saying no isn’t, and won’t, be enough.

    Doesn’t today’s Independent compare to our definition of Populists? That would be us!

  6. tosmarttobegop

    Fickle is a word often used to describe the voting electorate. What is liked today is distasteful tomorrow. I chose President Obama because he is intelligent and thoughtful.
    This was contrary to the past President candidates, or so it seemed.

    I differ with the thoughts of the stimulus package, seeing it as we are on a sinking ship.
    Obama’s plan seems to be like to solve the problem we need to have more water.
    But then the Republican’s plan simply involved no other idea than the solution was fancier hand towels. I would rather go with the plan that will do some good then the one that means we will drown but have a towel to wipe our faces until then.

    The problem with Obama and the electorate is we are not use to a intelligent and thoughtful President and tomorrow may turn back to wanting a drinking bubby.

  7. jammer5

    Economic indicators are showing an upsurge. Anyone willing to bet the cons will see it not as something Obama’s caused, but something that has nothing to do with Obama? Funny how that works.

  8. lilacluvr

    jammer – of course the Cons will try to rewrite history and say it was because of George W. Bush’s economic policies finally kicking in.

    Isn’t that what Cons do best – rewrite history?

  9. Bad Biker

    Personally, I don’t think that Barack is all that liberal – somewhat liberal, yes, but not nearly as liberal as the cons would like you to believe.

    My support for Obama and admiration for the job he is doing is that I believe he will do the RIGHT thing, even if I disagree with his decisions.

  10. lilacluvr

    There are some things that I disagree with Obama but for the most part, I think he is with the majority of Americans.

    Besides that, Obama is the only one willing to even try to fix the problems we have – and Bush/Cheney left a bunch of big problems hanging.

    When Republicans complain about the stimulus spending, I have to wonder if they don’t get the international news. There are several countries doing the very same thing Obama is doing – pumping huge amounts of money into their economies. So, it’s not like Obama is personally taking the Republicans’ money and going on a personal shopping spree.

  11. wicked

    So, it’s not like Obama is personally taking the Republicans’ money and going on a personal shopping spree.

    Like Sarah Palin?

  12. iggydonnelly

    Bad Biker, I think having a leader we can trust is as important as anything in terms of getting the economy back on track. I believe BHO is succeeding.