Obama's 2012 Team

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

National political correspondent for The New York Times, Jim Rutenberg offers an in-depth view of the president's re-election campaign.


Jim Rutenberg

Comments [22]

Could the guest, Greenwald, explain the role of the Business Schools in the formulation of economic and social policies and how their message has impacted the seats of power throughout the world and led to the creation of international corporate elites. Business schools have been rewarded handsomely by corporate America while the populace is currently left to live with it.

Dec. 26 2011 12:46 PM
Karen from NYC

A lot of the racial attitudes are generational. The older white blue-collar voters to whom I spoke in Scranton worried that Obama would favor African-Americans; I think they believe that they were disadvantaged by affirmative action. It was easy to dispel the doubts about Obama, however, because most of these voters are labor supporters who gravitate right on social issues. The campaign needs to send out blue-collar Democrats (including Joe Biden) to talk to the blue-collar "independents," a/k/a/ sometime Republicans. Perry would have done well with them, had he not proved to be really stupid. These folks are not dumb; they're just poor and tired. We don't have to lose their votes.

Nov. 30 2011 02:28 PM

Don'tcha just LOVE the "coverage" of the horse race??

What happen to actual issues?

Nov. 30 2011 11:29 AM
obama '08 volunteer from nyc

Another thing is that this campaign so far, all their emails are negative - "we're mad about something" - vs. hope and change. Not inspiring to get involved.

Nov. 30 2011 11:28 AM
george from brooklyn

Most people moved to Staten Island because they hated the black people that were moving into thier nieghborhood in brooklyn.

Nov. 30 2011 11:26 AM
Karen from NYC

This is a link to the article about which I inquired on-the-air; it's very upsetting. I'm from a blue-collar background and canvassed for Obama in Scranton in 2008. People were unsure about an African-American candidate, but voted for him on the issues. They are unemployed and scared, but would vote for him again if the issues were explained to them; no one should be written off.

Nov. 30 2011 11:24 AM

Got to love the mating call from the WNYC's devoted liberal left listeners "Stop the Republicans!" Would love to hear WNYC's segment on "Stop the Democrats!" Right, that won't happen ...

Also ... now that Chris Matthews is critical of Obama, does that finally make him a racist? Just wondering, because I really enjoyed being called a racist over and over again because I oppose progressive politics.

Nov. 30 2011 11:24 AM
Steve from Manhattan

All Obama has to run on is ending the Bush tax cuts and he will win. It's that simple.

Nov. 30 2011 11:23 AM
orielly from brooklyn

I feel that we need to prepare for some Repuclican crazies.

Obama is done.

Nov. 30 2011 11:22 AM
Robert from NYC

The republicans don't have to do anything, Obama is doing most of it for them. They can just sit on the side and b*tch and he'll respond to appease them in many programs. He is republican lite.

Nov. 30 2011 11:22 AM
maureen helbig from Westchester

I would like to see him shift away from his wall street crowd including Timothy Geitner. I was such a supporter but so disappointed by his lack of inspiration. He is just not visible as a leader.
I am hoping that a 3rd candidate like Bloomberg runs . I am a registered Republican who has not voted Republican in a long long time, now I anm ready to not vote Democratic. I have come to believe that I was wrong and should have supported Hilliary...

Nov. 30 2011 11:20 AM
jesse from queens

Obama has shown himself to be such a weak leader, why should we give him another chance to do nothing?

Nov. 30 2011 11:17 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

This is really interesting to hear, especially as a grass-roots tactic in traditionally Republican areas. If only Obama would embrace more of the anger and ideas of the OWS movement, and combine that with his admittedly excellent organizational abilities. The conversation that could be had between the volunteers and voters who go against their own economic interests - could be important.

That said, the segment Brian had on the other day about the people's party (??), shows another direction people could take to have a greater voice in our political system.

Nov. 30 2011 11:17 AM
barlow from astoria

I have a theory. While Roosevelt had two years of the Depression to destroy his opponent (remember Hoover-villes?) and make him a hero leading up to the election of 1932, Obama has this current crowd of depression-inducing Republicans to give him the contrast he needs. And the opposition represents all the mistakes of the past 30 yrs: Romney the outsourcer of jobs, Gingrich of the Republican Revolution and the various tea-party losers...

Nov. 30 2011 11:17 AM
anna from new york

Yes, Brian, the young excited about the "movement" which was invented, named, promoted, etc. by foreign 2nd generation Nazis and endorsed by American Neo-Nazi party are progressive. Sure. In Orwellian America. War is peace ...

Nov. 30 2011 11:14 AM
Jim B

Mr. Rutenberg said that Obama was "obviously" losing the liberal discussion in New York and LA. Could he explain what he meant by that?

Nov. 30 2011 11:14 AM
Smokey from LES

Did you read the article in New Yorker about a month ago - that the Republicans have been pouring in money to take over all the local elections? Tons of money. The Dems stood up to them!

Nov. 30 2011 11:13 AM
Robert from NYC

Yes, this "empty suit" who has no "spine" will have a tougher time to get those votes. He lost mine and I was an avid supporter in 2008. I don't think he will get the second term.

Nov. 30 2011 11:13 AM
harry from nyc

O Bum A, what a disappointment.

Nov. 30 2011 11:10 AM
john from nyc

If he only had a spine. He wouldn't have to worry about re-election or getting things done.

But, he is just Obama.

Nov. 30 2011 11:03 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

This pathetic empty suit can't run on his record.....and we are worse off than we were four years he is already running a divisive, nasty, vicious campaign that uses class warfare and a soto voce race card to pit one group of Americans against another.
Democrats Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell were correct recently when they said that Obama will inject hate into this election since he can't use accomplishments.
Davis Axelrod has made a career out of polarization and demonizing opposition.
Shame on them both.

Nov. 30 2011 11:00 AM
carolita from nyc

I wish he'd dump Biden and tap Elizabeth Warren for VP. That would be my dream team.

Nov. 30 2011 10:46 AM

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