“Liberal,” The New Crossroads GPS Spot

Crossroads GPS tries to stir up fear that the President revealed his true "liberal" self in his second Inaugural speech. If Obama loses his hold of the moderate vote he gained in the election, his use of the bully pulpit in the second term will be threatened.

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Crossroads GPS, an arm of GOP strategist Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, unveiled an online video Tuesday that attempts to use President Obama’s big tonal shift at Monday’s inauguration to his disadvantage. The ad splices clips from journalists who after the second inaugural said things like “I think this is the most liberal speech Obama has ever given” and “finally the President is laying out his real agenda.”  It ends with the question, “If the media is calling Obama’s policies liberal, what can we expect in the next four years?”

Indeed my colleagues at TIME have agreed that Obama has taken a much more combative tone at the beginning of his second term. Michael Crowley wrote, “With his second Inaugural Address, Obama has replaced his olive branch with a hot poker.” Michael Scherer believed the speech was “a paean to progressive values that called for a new movement of citizen activism.” Michael Grunwald wrote that the speech “gave voice to what his advisers have long said in private: that the only way for the President to work his will on a divided government over the next two years is to apply tremendous outside pressure on his opponents.”

The ad hopes to undercut Obama’s use of “outside pressure” in the second term. Liberal policies may be a great way to rally the base, but it is far from clear that the “liberal” label Obama is attracting will help him sustain a governing majority in the coming years. In exit polls last November, only one in four voters described themselves as “liberal,” compared to 41% who claimed to be “moderate” and 35% who said they were “conservative.” Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney was largely the result of winning 56% of the self-described “moderate” vote.

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carolerae
carolerae

After 4 yrs I'm supposed to be scared now & leave Obama for the Gop??  ha ha ha ha ha  Or not believe him anymore b/c  too early to call Ohio, Rove has discovered he's liberal?  Ha ha 

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

 "In exit polls last November, only one in four voters described themselves as “liberal,” compared to 41% who claimed to be “moderate” and 35% who said they were “conservative.”


You're really going to hang your thesis on that old trope. People may be idiots when it comes to the definition of liberalism, having been brainwashed by lying Republicans and idiot journalists (ring a bell?) for the past 30 years, they just happen to be liberals themselves when it comes to policy. Even some "conservatives" and idiot journalists.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Did Crossroads GOP, er, GPS really have to waste all that money telling us that Obama is a Democrat?

NHSkier
NHSkier

@outsider2011 

Damn the Crossroads, Karl Rove and the cowardly do-nothing tea partiers...FULL SPEED AHEAD. Keep you eyes open for a lot of citizen participation from Liberasl, progressives, democrats and republicans alike who believe in the United States and what it has once represented in the World.. We want that back again in spades!

uncalled4
uncalled4

Yep...now that the president does not have to run again, and after all the unwarranted crap the right dumped on him, then yeah, get ready for an a$$whoopin.  I voted republican from 1977 until 2008. Once I got a real look at how the republican party had degenerated that was it for me. And it's not so much ideology as it is the sorry, sneaky, craven way in which the right conducts it's business. Though I might not fully agree with the president, he is obviously a good and honest man who cares more for people than for corporations. I am middle aged, live in texas, own guns, and probably don't qualify as a liberal. As a veteran the president has my confidence. So, for the foreseeable future the democrats have my confidence, my respect, and my vote if not my full agreement.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

CNN just cracked:

"The House of Representatives has passed a three-month extension of the nation's debt limit, effectively delaying a showdown over the government's ability to borrow money to pay existing bills.

"The measure also required lawmakers in both chambers of Congress to pass a budget resolution or have their pay withheld until they do.

"It was approved 285-144 and now goes to the Senate."

Chickens.

MementoMori
MementoMori

Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads spent 174,285,625.40 in 2012 on elections.

For all that money, they won one election. Against Bob Kerrey. In Nebraska.

The big question is: Why are you still paying attention to Karl Rove and his band of merry confidence men?

grape_crush
grape_crush

> Crossroads GPS, an arm of GOP strategist Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, unveiled an online video...

Oh. My. God. An online video? By Karl Rove's group? That calls the content of the President's inauguration speech liberal? That's, like, HUGE! Like, invention-of-the-wheel HUGE. Thank you so much, Alex, for bringing this earth-shattering event to our attention, and to the attention of the less-than-six-thousand people who have actually bothered watching it. Still has a ways to go before it gets as big as this video, but I'm sure it will get there eventually.

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Less sarcastically, aren't We The People getting sick of these overwrought, spliced-together, contextually-challenged, and juvenile attempts at negative messaging? I know I am; tired of name-calling, selective-editing, scalp-hunting, vote-suppressing, dog-whistling, message-manipulating, and of flat-out being lied to by these right-wing circus ringmasters. These fake 'conservatives' have no agenda that's broadly popular or even workable, so the only thing they have left is to fabricate and feign indignation. To act, not in the best interests of the country, but in spite.

> The ad hopes to undercut Obama’s use of “outside pressure” in the second term.

This ad would have less impact than a fart in a hurricane if it weren't for people who should know better considering it to be more important than it actually is. "Right-wing Group Unveils Anti-Obama Ad." Big effing deal.


DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Hillary is currently testifying about Benghazi.  I thought the blood clot she suffered from was an elaborate ruse to avoid testifying?  I don't get it; I'm sure nutjobs....I mean....learned men like paulejb will explain it to me later.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

I wonder if the people investing into Rove appreciate that they're still throwing their money away.  What was the definition of insanity again?

gysgt213
gysgt213

Things I don't get.


"Absolutes do exist, it's the basis of all civilization," said LaPierre. "Without those absolutes, Democracy decays into nothing more than two wolves and one lamb voting on who to eat for lunch."


Why would 2 wolves even entertain an argument with a lamb over whom to eat for lunch when only those 2 eat meat?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

"The Liberal Agenda"

What like equal rights for homosexuals and women?  Fair treatment for citizens and foreigners?  Safety nets to protect the weakest and most destitute members of society like the hopelessly poor, homeless, and veterans?  Education and Science above hysteria and war profiteering?

Well, sign me up.

sacredh
sacredh

"Liberal policies may be a great way to rally the base"

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It was also a great way for a choice election to gauge which way the country wanted to go. Did Obama try to hide the fact that he wanted to raise the taxes on the wealthy? Did Obama try to hide the fact that he supported same sex marriage? Did Obama try to hide the fact that Obamacare was his baby? Did Obama try to hide the fact that he appointed two women to the Supreme Court and that both were liberals? More than the base got rallied. Obama won by 5 million votes and had a near landslide in the electoral college. It wasn't just the base that broke for Obama.





NHSkier
NHSkier

@uncalled4 I like your honest, say it like it is style...together we will see this to be the best year in Obama's term

His team of Kerry, Hagel and with good stafs under them, we will open a can of whup-a$$. Danke schoen, spasibo

MrObvious
MrObvious

@nflfoghorn 


So they passed another gimmick ontop of the gimmick that put them on the spot so 3 weeks from now they're going to have to deal with more gimmicks?


nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Confused as to why she would want his in the first place.  ; )

NHSkier
NHSkier

@grape_crush   Keep crushin' those grapes and we'll make some fine wine to toast this administration's success.

Salud,  pesetas y amor...con tiempo para gozar de ellos!

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Mendoza Line reference.  Nate's one of the few baseball fans left.

reallife
reallife

@sacredh  a very impartial survey, as we can see :rolleyes: - get out of the bubble, man

reallife
reallife

@DonQuixotic she's not testifying, she's dancing around the issues - not answering any question - So far Senator McCain is the only one that showed some kind of spine. I just want someone to ask this question:

WHO WAS THE ONE WHO DENIED HELP TO THE PEOPLE IN BENGHAZI WHEN THEY ASKED FOR IT?

That's all. Is that too much to ask?



MrObvious
MrObvious

@DonQuixotic 


The mental sinkhole what 'rational' people fall into when they give into BS is very deep.

paulejb is about 1 year removed from 'learned'. He jumped into the hole about mid campaign and never saw the surface again. And it seems that he hasn't reached bottom yet.


Rusty on the other hand. 

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

The National Ridiculous A[you can fill in the rest] is indeed painting itself into a corner.  The "us vs. them" attitude didn't help them last time and it may not this time either.  Custer's last stand....

bobell
bobell

@gysgt213 LaPierre is the master of free-floating rhetoric, unanchored to anything resembling reality.  He creates phantom arguments, then criticizes them in absurdist terms.  It's a form of dada-like performance art that ultimately comes down to a single mantra -- more guns, more guns, more guns.  Truth, logic, simple good sense? -- irrelevant.

He's the most unAmerican person I have ever seen.

reallife
reallife

@gysgt213"Why would 2 wolves even entertain an argument with a lamb over whom to eat for lunch when only those 2 eat meat?"

oh boy! and then they say that "Obama didn't win the moron vote"  

sacredh
sacredh

The republicans have spent the past 4 years trying to portray Obama as some kind of liberal, socialist, Muslim loving, bowing appeaser. It didn't work before the election. Obama can't run again. I think they're forgetting that a majority of American voters liked what they saw and said "yes" a second time.

outsider
outsider

@sacredh 


Have to try hard to maintain the false equivalence, and the narrative. 


Even though the election is over. 


uncalled4
uncalled4

@NHSkier @uncalled4 Thanks. It's not easy being a new convert where I live. I get a real kick out of telling the teabaggers down here just how i feel about them. And.....at 6'5" 235lbs none has dared to call me a libtard though I wish they would. Biden or Clinton in 2016!!! ....over n out

Tero
Tero

@reallife @sacredh

"get out of the bubble, man"

...he screams from inside his own bubble... *rolls eyes

sacredh
sacredh

History judges presidents, not us partisans that have an agenda during the time of the actual presidencies. I'm a partisan and I've always freely admitted that. 

Tero
Tero

@reallife @DonQuixotic 

Oh please, like you or McCain gives a f$*#. It's just another opportunity to bash the administration.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

For those whose minds are already made up, yes it is.

sacredh
sacredh

Custer: I'm claiming victory because the Indian bloodied his knife while taking my scalp.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@sacredh 

When ironically he's a far more centrist and pro-corporatist President than Bill Clinton ever was.  It's almost as if these people have no idea what "left" even means.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@DonQuixotic

He's baaaack.  Took him three months of therapy, meds, and a very shallow character...

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@nflfoghorn 

Well so much for honoring his bet.  Not surprising, he isn't the only conservative troll around here that can't be expected to follow through with a wager.

sacredh
sacredh

Or speaking in astronomical terms, the red shift. Now I just feel cheap for embracing the obvious.

NP042
NP042

@sacredh "The right has moved so far to the right that a centrist looks like Karl Marx to them."


There's a term for this, or at least something similar: the Doppler Effect

sacredh
sacredh

I'm off today and it's even colder today than it was yesterday. I froze my buns off at work yesterday.  My alliteration is celebrating.  

sacredh
sacredh

That's true. The right has moved so far to the right that a centrist looks like Karl Marx to them. It's bad for a viable two party system that offers the voters competing philosophies, but I want to see them embrace the wild until the SC is safely in our hands again. I want them to fly their freak flags.