Let’s face it, Obama could care less about the current condition of the United States. All his dog-and-pony show Tuesday night will be about is rallying his rapidly dwindling base who could also care less about anyone but themselves.
When President Obama steps to the podium in front of the Speaker’s chair Tuesday night, the speech he delivers will contain the most liberal promises and activist rhetoric of his presidency, progressives hope and Republicans worry.
Liberals say both good policy and electoral logic dictate a sharp move left.
They do not want to hear him seeking compromise ahead of midterm elections that are likely to be decided on turnout.
November will hinge on which side best fires up its base. So progressives want Obama to beat the base drum. There is no louder stage than the State of the Union.
“He should draw the contrast very hard” with Republicans, said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), one of the most liberal members of the House and an influential member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“While he doesn’t have to keep saying ‘Republicans’ and ‘Democrats,’ he has to show the contrast: Do you want a country that looks like this or like that?” she said.
The White House has signaled the president will do just that.
“Teeing up the … year of action and talking about issues that progressives care most about will definitely be themes that come on Tuesday,” said one senior administration official.
Memories of 2010’s disastrous midterms color the left’s arguments. Democrats lost control of the House that year, ceding 63 seats to the GOP. Their Senate majority was also cut by six seats.
Liberals increasingly insist that a strong stand by Obama on issues that are highest on the progressive wishlist would help drive voters to the polls in November.
“Compromising with an extremist leads to bad outcomes, and I think we’ve seen that the political center has been yanked to the right in recent years,” said Anna Galland, the executive director of MoveOn.org.
All this “extremist” talk coming from a member of MoveOn is quite amusing.
“Democrats have been talking a big game and saying that they were really going to be fighters on income inequality,” said Neil Sroka, the communications director for Democracy for America. “Obama needs to take that head-on and show that it’s a priority for him. It needs to be more than a rhetorical priority.” Other issues could be emphasized in a bid to drive voter intensity and turnout.
Income inequality? It’s a fabricated issue that nobody cares about, but has magically become Obama’s latest pet cause. Well, considering everything else he’s done has failed in spectacular fashion, he’s desperate to distract the public.