Obama’s Move To The Left Is The Beginning Of A Nightmare For Republicans

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President Obama statement on net neutrality and climate change agreement with China are two strong signals that the president is building a unified front with congressional Democrats that will be a nightmare for the new Republican majority.

Obama has sent Republicans two messages that go hand in hand together. The first message he delivered was at his post-election press conference. The president made it clear that he remains willing to work with Republicans but that the Boehner and McConnell are responsible for passing legislation. Obama put pressure on congress to get things done.

The president’s second message has unfolded over the past week. Obama has moved to the left, and taken very public positions on climate change and net neutrality. The president took these steps not only to boost the morale of his party, but to get the White House and congressional Democrats on the same page. The House and Senate Democratic caucuses will not only be smaller. They will also be more liberal. One of the consequences of losing elections in mostly red states is that the Democrats that remain in congress are much more liberal than the red staters who were defeated.

The shift to the left is one of the reasons why Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is looking to create a special Democratic leadership position for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). When all of these pieces are put together, they reveal a picture of Democratic Party that is gearing up for a fight.



Boehner and McConnell have so far shown no desire to move to the center. In fact, Republicans have expressed shock that President Obama and the Democrats aren’t about to immediately give them everything that they want. Obama and the Democrats are setting up a nightmare scenario for Boehner and McConnell. Republicans won’t have enough Senate votes to pass legislation without Democratic support. If Democrats form a united front, McConnell won’t be able to pass anything that Democrats don’t want.

Senate Republican will have a choice. They can either move to the middle and enrage their base, which is unlikely or they can be stuck with a majority that is incapable of getting anything done. Harry Reid said that he was not interested in obstructing the Republicans, but he may not have to obstruct them. If Democrats stick together, Republicans won’t be able to do anything in the Senate.

Republicans will find themselves caught between an emboldened president who is using his constitutional powers to act on his own, and Democratic Senate minority that is unified against McConnell’s agenda. The president’s actions this week are only the beginning of the Democratic strategy to keep the White House and retake the Congress in 2016.

Democrats have been revived and energized by the president’s actions, and it looks like Boehner and McConnell could have a very long two years ahead of them.

55 Replies to “Obama’s Move To The Left Is The Beginning Of A Nightmare For Republicans”

  1. Now you throw in the latest executive action from the President that will help nearly 5 million immigrants.

    See, this is all needed to help heal the wounds from last week’s disastrous election. President Obama stepping in on such issues as climate change and net neutrality help the Democrats out.

  2. Warren should have been in leadership long before now. Let her have a go at Cruz.She will send him walking with his tail between his legs.

  3. get ready dustin. dems are about to become the GOP’s worst nightmare. you think we will just stop believing what we believe because a few republicans voted and now the GOP has a very small senate majority??? think again buddy!!!

  4. Damn skippy, mdag!

    It’s going to be fun to see the monkey wrench they’ve been using for the last six years come back to them in full force.

  5. I wish I could agree with you, but the words”Spineless and Cave” come to mind.

    I truly hope that I am wrong.

  6. The key phrase here is “If Democrats stick together…”

    Already, there have been reports that Democratic senators Joe Manchin and Claire McCaskill have said they will not tolerate any attempts by other Democrats to obstruct the Republican agenda. It’s not all roses for the Dems yet. They have a couple of blue dogs they need to deal with first.

  7. All very good and yes getting excited about the possibility of a unified Democratic party who finally, FINALLY is ready to admit progressives are correct, and fight for progressive ideas.

    I will absolutely pee myself in excitement if those unified Democrats decide to (try) enforce the anti-trust laws and break up banks too big to fail.

    In the meantime, I’ll take what they’re giving with a caveat.

    I’m voting my conscious from now on, so if Sen. Sanders runs, I’m voting for him no matter the risk.

    If he loses, then yes the Democratic party nominee has my vote because I’ll vote for herpes before I vote for a Republican.

  8. You know, he and Dems DID pass the ACA, remember? And when did he have to move center? After 2010, when the GOP convinced the gullible that they would create jobs again. You do recall that GOP Pledge to Grover to vote against everything in sight? What was the man to do? He wanted another term to try to finish things..now he has the next two years to get things moving further, and set up the stage for Dems in 2016. I applaud this man, who faces death threats daily, lying Congressmen 24-7, and a party that shoots him in the foot more than they help.

  9. The Democrats have little to lose at this point. All of the ones who distances themselves from Obama and tried to be Republican Lite all lost their elections. The most embarrassing in my opinion was Alison Grimes with her “I’m not Obama” skeet shooting commerical. (I still cringe at this)

    So now, it’s time to take a principled stand. This is what people want: a principled stand.

  10. But it seems our not so great leader Pelosi refuse to learn the lessons of this debacle.

    She is leaning towards Jim Himes for head of the DCCC. For those that don’t know they are the ones who recruit candidates, decide where the money is spent.

    If you love the way Steve Israel ran the last three cycles then you will be thrilled with this bastard son of wall street on his plans to move forward or would that be backward?

  11. The part about this entire situation that I dislike is when Harry Rid says he will be obstructing. Is he throwing in the towel, or just posturing? He’s starting to worry me.

  12. Since when being for net neutrality is a leftist position?

    I am for net neutrality. Just because the first settlers of the internet landscape have claimed a bug chunk and keep it that way, does not mean we will let them and shut out any new initiatives or bow to the kings of the land.

    I say keep the internet free as it has been. Ask Tim Barnes Lee

  13. The part about this entire situation that I dislike is when Harry Rid says he will NOT
    be obstructing. Is he throwing in the towel, or just posturing? He’s starting to worry me.

  14. You answered your own question. Anything against the corporations and the 1% is a leftist position according to them

  15. One week from midterms and Obama has the gop scrambling to keep up. Divide and conquer comes to mind.
    Immigration, the Iran letter, Keystone,net neutrality, climate deal with China,ISIL strategy. I can practically see gop heads exploding from my back porch.
    Jason, I hope you are right, but dems who voted with repubs and now have their eye on 2016 instead of now just cannot be trusted.
    Way to go Mr. President for bringing home those hostages and for military successes this week in trying to ‘cut the head off the snake’. Meanwhile here at home the gop got a lot done in their first week of power,[WINK]

  16. Pelosi needs to step aside. Her leadership as the minority leader in the house was a failure, and Jim Himes as the DCCC chair is Steve Israel on steroids.

  17. Lets have a real Democratic party; force the republicans to govern through compromise; if they don’t ;its on them.

  18. POTUS tried good faith negotiations and reconciliation, hands across the aisle, bipartisanship, collegiality, and the like, but clearly the Republican strategy was to block all initiatives so they could turn around an color him an ineffective leader. So now, no more Mr. Nice Guy! He’s got nothing to lose. Yeah, they won seats and governor’s mansions, and many
    in his own party disowned him, just as Gore disasterously disowned Clinton, but did they really expect him to cower in the Oval Office like a whipped puppy dog? If so, they have clearly misjudged him.

  19. We have the perfect candidate in Donna Edwards. Hell she couldn’t do no worse than Steve Israel and like you said Jim Himes couldn’t pass a smell test without reeking of the 1%

  20. Whose nightmare Obama’s leftist move is going to be, during this time when the American people are moving to the right, is still very much open to questions. Republicans clearly believe and affirm that a 2nd Jimmy Carter will be even worse than the 1st one for Democrats.

  21. States voted to increase the minimum wage, legalize or medicinalize pot.Exit poll results showed support for the President’s policies and strong disapproval for 2016 gop presidential candidates.Combine this with the lowest voter turnout since 1942.
    You were saying something about america moving to the right?

  22. What planet do you live on? The country isn’t moving right. The tea party republicans are moving their party right and with all of the gerrymandering turning states temporarily red until 2020. Okay.

    This President is going to force the GOP to show their true colors. No more hiding behind the President or Dems. They are going to have to own their votes in the light and out of the shadow.

  23. Seems to me Bushie also had a mandate of some 30% that he said he was going to use. Use he did, war and the debt incurred..

  24. Fox is a powerful drug because anyone who went through the bush years would never pull the lever for the rethugs. Then again racism against this President must be some step up on pure heroin

  25. He never moved to the center. In fact, he made more progress on liberal goals than any other recent president. The EMOs among us progressive just don’t understand pragmatism, so they set up the trusty old circular firing squad that served us so well in the last two mid-term elections.

  26. Eduardo,
    “when the American people are moving to the right,” is certainly not what I am seeing. Now if you said, Mid-Term voters on the right turn out more than the new left, that would be very true. But I think the tide of voters are moving to the left. Now, if they would just vote.

  27. You live in the fact-free world of the right wing so here’s news for you.

    Two months ago in Forbes magazine:

    “Economically, President Obama’s administration has outperformed President Reagan’s in all commonly watched categories. Simultaneously the current administration has reduced the deficit, which skyrocketed under Reagan. Additionally, Obama has reduced federal employment, which grew under Reagan (especially when including military personnel,) and truly delivered a “smaller government.” Additionally, the current administration has kept inflation low, even during extreme international upheaval, failure of foreign economies (Greece) and a dramatic slowdown in the European economy.”

    Oh and Reagan: cut & ran after 242 Marines were killed in Beirut. Raised taxes 11 times. Granted amnesty to 2 mil undocumented workers. Lied about Iran-Contra. Tripled the debt; more than Washington to Carter combined. Delayed release of American hostages in Iran until after he was sworn i…

  28. You live in the fact-free world of the right wing so here’s news.

    Two months ago in Forbes magazine:

    “Economically President Obama’s administration has outperformed President Reagan’s in all commonly watched categories. Simultaneously the current administration has reduced the deficit, which skyrocketed under Reagan. Additionally Obama has reduced federal employment which grew under Reagan (especially when including military personnel,) and truly delivered a “smaller government.” Additionally, the current administration has kept inflation low, even during extreme international upheaval, failure of foreign economies (Greece) and a dramatic slowdown in the European economy.”

    Oh and Reagan: cut & ran after 242 Marines were killed in Beirut. Raised taxes 11 times. Granted amnesty to 2 mil undocumented workers. Lied about Iran-Contra. Tripled the debt; more than Washington to Carter combined. Delayed release of American hostages in Iran until after he was sworn in.

  29. Harry Reid said that he is NOT interested in obstruction. We have a lot of work to do to fix the problems we were concerned about before all the foot dragging. I hope we can look like the good guys after all this!

  30. Maybe if they hadnt been such a bunch of pansies in the first place and actually fought for something in the first place when they had control of congress they wouldn’t have been in this position…but of course..NOW they can get all liberal cause they know that non of what liberals want has a snowballs chance in hell of getting through the Republican congress…this in just political slight of hand to “Appear” populist while they bow to the same corporate masters that the Republican crime family does…I’m not fooled here for one damm minute.

  31. It’s not about the economy. It’s about government doing their job. Which is property management. Including making sure our corporate tenants don’t trash our property. Or cheat us.

    Government is not there to ‘protect you.’ It’s there to provide the basics to every citizen, ensuring that no one is desperate enough to resort to crime. To provide Education, the great equalizer and the bane of those who feast on fear. Infrastructure, our legacy from the past and our gift to the future. Give people the infrastructure and they’ll build their own economy.
    Our 17th century European background is erupting like a massive zit. Religious human sacrifice, arrogant ignorance and suspicion of strangers. somewhere, Cromwell is laughing.

  32. I love the American idea that Climate change and internet net neutrality are left wing policies. It perhaps shows both the lacking of science education and the 20th century view of capitalism at its worst. Whilst there is some merit in non net neutrality, the very fact that Broadband is more expensive in America than in other industrialized countries, rather proves the point that it is currently not working as it should. On the subject of climate change, its a bit like saying whilst the Titanic sank, the band played on.
    [WINK]

  33. If 36% of all registered voters voted that includes Democrats. Does anyone have those numbers? I’d like to see them.

    Mandate my shiny behind.

  34. Good question.

    Perhaps Harry Reid is leaving the leadership to Elizabeth Warren who is much more capable of leading the Dems. With all due respect to Reid, Elizabeth is more in tune with the American people. Plus she is more brave and unafraid to speak out for us and for what is right! I believe the TGOP is fearful of her – because she speaks the truth!

    “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it’s not going to go away.” (Elvis Presley)

  35. Lol, Whats this article of Jason Easely? how could the republicans be having nightmare with the alliance of the president with China’s climate change and democrats in congress? the republicans are the majority in congress of which even if there is a unified democrats they will not win, and boehner and others is not to be blamed of whatever is decided in congress, for approval of any laws will be based on majority votes, meaning 50% + 1 vote not decided by just Boeher but all members of congress, and not only that, after the congress approves the bill, it will be submitted to senate, which is also majority ruled by republicans…… and when it is approved by senate… it will be passed as a law and whether democrats like it or not, or whether the president like it or not, it will be signed by the leader of the country( president ) to make the law legal for implementation after it is published in major publications.

  36. “Pragmatic” was the code word Wall Street swindlers used in 07-08 to describe Obama and his willingness to protect their interests. Like Clinton, Obama was a good investment for them.

  37. And you think the President is just going to roll over and let the Republicans have a cake walk?

    I Think not.

    You seem to forget that the President is NOT required to sign every bill passed by both houses, The House of Representatives and the Senate. He has two options, he can outright veto any bill, or he can use the “pocket veto”.

    If he vetoes a bill it requires 2/3rds of the members of each House to override that veto. The House may have that 2/3rds, but The Senate does not.

    You really, really need a study of U.S. Civics.

  38. This is the set-up for 2016…He gets to play the role of the Progressive Avenger now that he has absolutely no legislative allies, at all. The Dems blame the Repugs for nothing getting done and get to pretend like they are down with a leftist agenda so that they can court leftist votes in two years without appearing like opportunists. Never forget: from 2008 to 2010, Obama controlled both houses of Congress and nothing got done. Nothing.

    That’s why he’s making photo-ops with Warren but I’m not convinced she’s any sort of threat to Wall Street at all. If she was she’d take some of her TV time to educate the public how leaders of her own party — including Clinton, Obama, Schumer, et al — are owned by bankers. Looks to me that she’s willingly being set-up as the person to herd ‘progressives’ during the presidential cycle to the corporate Democrat column w/a litany of ‘progressive’ sound bites. She’s already receiving a ton of corporate money.

  39. Obama will show them that: “There’s another way to skin the cat”. They will not like it, so what? !!!!

  40. Interesting Take Jason
    The citizenry gives the majority to the republicans and Obama and democrats are going to demand that said republicans need to start passing the democrat agenda because that is what the American people want.
    Very Gruberesque dontcha think? [WINK]

  41. Perhaps President Obama can get the brave liberals all together in one room and make some progress for the American people. As it was, we had a slew of cowards running for office, afraid of being compared to President Obama even in local races where the President had NOTHING to do with that election or that office. Face it friends, the GOP has affected the story line perceptions of a great many Americans, turning the word Obama into a swear word when he has been more successful than most 20th century U.S. presidents and Democrats did little or nothing to counter it.

  42. And they are going to be dealt with…Do you see Warren? I don’t like nothing shaky, and those Dems who ran away from him, good riddance, the ones that didn’t run, got elected…Warren isn’t there for window dressing, there is a method to the madness that’s getting ready to go down..

  43. Being centrist is at this time being milquetoast. And might cause lost elections.

    The great unwashed Right that Buckley correctly thought should go under and stay under a rock has made it so for now. They felt it a personal affront that they weren’t ruling, even though they haven’t the slightest clue how to.

    It’s a personal conflict now, not even of ideologies.

    If the Repubs had had brains, they would have left the TP go its way as a third party and it probably would have petered out by now. But they got greedy, the one defining characteristic of the Repubs since Reagan.

  44. All the Dems who so readily turned their back on him will now join with him in a grand left-wing coalition ?

    As a loyal Democrat myself, I can just hear the Republicans shaking in their boots.

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