rock solid

Chris Cillizza (Washington Post): Everyone knows that President Obama has a problem with his political base heading into 2012. Except that he doesn’t.

One of the most persistent story lines for the president has been that the liberal left has grown increasingly dissatisfied with his actions (or inaction) on some of its priorities …. but an examination of the polling data among key subgroups that constitute Obama’s base makes clear that he has as much support from them as any modern president seeking a second term.

…. “Is the president’s base upset? You bet, but they aren’t upset at Obama,” said Cornell Belcher, who conducts polling for the Democratic National Committee. “They are in fact sympathetic to what Obama is trying to do and what he is going through.”

And Hart wrote in his year-out memo: “His base will be invaluable, and this has been underestimated. It should not be.”

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129 Responses to “rock solid”

  1. 1 GGail
    November 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Hello, My Name is GGail, and I am a part of Pres. Obama’s ROCK SOLID BASE! 🙂

    Have a pleasant evening all.

  2. November 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Just think, if he ever got some, just some positive press coverage? He would be a constant 50%, instead of a constant 44%.


  3. November 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    “Is the president’s base upset? You bet, but they aren’t upset at Obama,” said Cornell Belcher, who conducts polling for the Democratic National Committee. “They are in fact sympathetic to what Obama is trying to do and what he is going through.”

    This is what the beltway pundits are missing the most.

    While canvassing in Ohio people are ticked, and it’s true it’s not at POTUS but at Republicans and Democrats who bash this president.

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      Ahh, that is our secret weapon. I remember people on CNN in 08 saying, are we missing something about Obama?

      Yup! All this over the top and hiding positive story lines puts him against the dc establishment.
      Right where he wants to be!

  4. 33 hopefruit2
    November 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    But but but Tweety said…

  5. November 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    My name is MTmarilyn, I am his base. And I am ready to fight for this POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS and Dr Biden!!!!!!!

  6. November 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    THIS is who First Lady Michelle Obama is:


  7. November 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Is it time yet for Maxine “Troubled” Waters to come out from her clueless protection program to unleash on PBO once more? Or shall we bring Corny West out from the Seminary he has retreated to to do a poverty tour so the corporate media can regale us with tales of PBO’s dwindling base and doom.

    So many looney nuts so little time. PBO energizer bunny going steadily strong and strong.

    Meanwhile Romney vowing to privatize medicare and raise age limit. There’s a joke in there somewhere. if you privatize Medicare, what has age limit got to do with it? Aren’t the rest of us already in private healthcare without age limits? I need help grasping Willard’s lunacy.

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      I spoke to my brother today. He is a conservative Republican, so we have been polar opposites in the political realm for most of my adult life. But something happened to him in 2008. As we neared the election, he took me aside and told me he would vote for Senator Obama. He also really liked the selection of Joe Biden as VP. I was floored. We don’t talk about politics much but today I asked him what he thought of the Republican candidates. He just shook his head and said they are terrible and everyone knows it. I think he’ll be voting for President Obama once again. I think anyone who is paying attention knows that the GOP has nothing to offer. They may still vote for the freaks but everyone but the 27% knows they aren’t worthy candidates.

      • November 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

        The issue is to make him see that the divided government/congress doesn’t work either. He needs to vote Dem for House and Senate.

      • 45 Cos
        November 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

        Meta, a lot of Repubs are in denial. I asked in an earlier thread, what is the definite date which we will know who the rep nominee will be?

        • November 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm

          There’s no way to know when the Republican Nominee will be selected. So many factors: who wins the first four primaries/caucuses? Who Wins Florida? Who wins the most on Super Tuesday? Clearly they don’t want a protracted race because it makes them look weak, even though having a long primary battle helps the eventual winner (see: 2008 Democratic Primary). Another factor is who drops out? Romney dropped out early in 2008 “for the good of the party” when it became clear that McCain was going to get the nomination. He won’t be as willing to do that this time.

  8. November 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    The base doesn’t lose faith at the drop of a hat.

    The base doesn’t give up because it’s hard.

    The base doesn’t whine because everything isn’t perfect.

    The base isn’t about optics or cosmetics. It’s about real change, institutional change, and that takes hard work and commitment and time.

    I am the base.

    • 49 vitaminlover
      November 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm

      Spot on!!!!

    • 50 hopefruit2
      November 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm

      Right on meta!

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      The base sees the President following a ‘north star’.

      The base hardens its resolve no matter the political weather.

      The base keeps itself informed and working together.

      The base has determination, tenacity, and love. And, frankly, we have come too far

      Not to PRESS ON!

      We are fearless! We are committed! We plan to win the future!

      WE ARE THE BASE!!!

      OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    • 53 L3
      November 21, 2011 at 7:05 am

      Agreed. I just had this conversation with a former co-worker who spouted all the usual PL talking points and then had the nerve to say he was PBO’s base and I told him that based on everything he had just said that there was no way he was a part of PBO’s base. I told him, “I am the base. You are someone who backed another candidate, reluctantly settled for PBO and then proceeded to rip him apart from day one. You are not the base. I am the base”. He was so exasperated with me but he finally admitted he was for Kucinich. And I said see, “I told you; you are not the base. I am the base.”

    • 54 nathkatun7
      November 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Meta, I am also part of the base and I enthusiastically support everything you said.

  9. November 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Congratulations on reaching your fund-raising goal, Chips. That totally rocks. You’re getting up there in bundler territory. Smile.

    • November 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      My fantasy, Tien, is that GOPolitico will want to interview me one day, as a bundler.

      Me: “I support the President now even more than I did four years ago, I am so proud of what he has achieved in the face of relentless and ugly opposition.”

      GOPolitico’s reporting of the interview: “Utterly disillusioned Obamabot says: Vote Mitt Romney!”


      • 57 LOL
        November 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm

        Oh that’s funny…I was thinking the other day how Mr. Margin of error (Huntsman) told the president “No one is paying attention, No one is listening.” And I’m all like

      • 63 hopefruit2
        November 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm

        LOL! And I’m waiting to see you on CNN with Piers…to answer his favorite question!

        • November 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm

          Ah, Hopefruit, I can give you an exclusive preview of my interview with Piers.

          Piers: “You must be very disappointed in Obama.”

          Me: “You mean President Obama?”

          P: “If you insist.”

          Me: “I do – you worthless piece of dog poo.”

          P: “So, you think Obama is a complete failure?”

          Me: “Um, did I say that?”

          P: “I could tell you were thinking it by your facial expression.”

          Me: “Ah no Piers, that was me thinking you are a complete failure, a total fraud and an absolute dick.”

          P: “Ah, so you’ll be voting Romney then?”

          Me: “No. President Obama is beyond awesome – four more years!”

          P: “That’s a yes for Romney, then?”

          Me: “Piers?”

          P: “Yes?”

          Me: **** loud punching-type noise ****

          And with that, security escorted me from the building. 😳

      • November 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm

        Oh, Chips, you floor me. That is tooooo funny!!

      • November 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm

        LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL I freakin’ love your interpretations of Politico. Laughing out loud.

  10. November 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Guess what? The media buried John Kerrys interview with David Gregory.
    Nobody, and I mean nobody, wrote about it.
    Not even the Liberal hometown newspaper, the Boston globe.

    • 73 hopefruit2
      November 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      I saw a snippet of it on – my local ABC this evening. But if Kerry had said something negative about PBO..that interview would be played over and over and he would be booked on every morning show tomorrow!

    • 75 Cos
      November 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      Maybe there will be something about it tomorrow.

  11. November 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    All the talk about the base not being there just make the still existent base work harder (thinking they have to pick up slack – slack that really isn’t there). Every slight just makes folks donate and work harder. The Michelle Obama being booed today, let’s not forget she has approvals over 70% and when people see folks they like disrespected it just makes them angry and protective and motivated.

  12. November 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Hello, my name is HOPE44 and I am a Rock Solid part of President Obama’s Rock Solid base.

    Have a great night TODers. We will prevail.

  13. 80 Asher in Boston
    November 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Hi, my name is Asher and I am an unwavering President Obama’s Rock Solid Base.

  14. 82 vitaminlover
    November 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I, vitaminlover, do hereby declare that I am a proud member of President re-elect Barack Obama’s SOLID BASE!

  15. November 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    nite TOD Sleep well – congrats Chips!!! May BWD get to her goal.


  16. 84 Frenchie08
    November 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    My name is Frenchie08 and I am a proud memeber of the base. Next year my name will be Frenchie12!

  17. 85 eveingeorgia
    November 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    “Is the president’s base upset? You bet, but they aren’t upset at Obama,” said Cornell Belcher, who conducts polling for the Democratic National Committee. “They are in fact sympathetic to what Obama is trying to do and what he is going through.”

    Absolutely, and I am a proud member of that base, even more so than in ’08. Last time, I missed going to Washington. This time, if God is willing, I’m going to be there, even if I have to go into debt and rent a vehicle to transport me and my motorized chair. This country needs PBO – these last 3 years have shown that. This is not just about pride in the man, but deep concern for America. He is absolutely one of the best presidents of my lifetime, if not the best. I pray for him and his administration every day. I believe God hears, as he continues to sustain him and give him success.

    I’m all in.

  18. November 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I see a new bumper sticker in OFA’s future: I Am The Solid Base. I’d totally buy one.

  19. 88 Geanine
    November 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Hello Chipsticks,

    My name is Geanine and I come to this website many times every day. I know lots of people who come to this site to see and read the truth about our great president. I have wanted to comment before, but just never have. I want to say that I am part of President Obama’s rock solid base. We are many. He will prevail in 2012!

  20. 91 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    November 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    We are the Base. We are 99% of the 99%.


  21. November 21, 2011 at 12:00 am

    part of the base and can’t wait for 2012!

  22. 93 Frenchie08
    November 21, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Whoo hoo! With a base as solid as Barack, we cannot lose!!!

  23. November 21, 2011 at 12:03 am

    http://nymag.com/news/politics/liberals-jonathan-chait-2011-11/index5.html Great long article on the long history of liberal dissatisfaction with democratic presidents, contrasting with GOP cohesion. Discusses how PBO has accomplished more than any president since LBJ (&PBO’s foreign policy better). He ignores all the people who really are his base but overall o good read on emoprogs.

  24. 96 HZ
    November 21, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Hello, my name is HZ and I am a Rock of the Rock Solid President Barack Obama’s Base, First Lady, Michelle R. Obama’s base, Malia Obama’s base, Sasha Obama’s base, First Grandmother, Mrs.. Robinson’s base, and the very , very cute and just plain handsome Bo Obama’s base. Now how is that for a Solid Rock Obama Base?

    PRESSING ON FOR SURE WITH President Barack H. Obama , and Joe Biden for 2012. Thank you very much,

    The Rock Solid Obama Base. You guys just plain Rock!!!!! HZ

  25. November 21, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I never expected an easy ride for this President. No doubt, he is a different kind of leader. His problem is not that he is controversial, but that he is so insistent upon values that define what is best about our traditions and our history. How often have we heard him exclaim “that’s who we are” as Americans when speaking of the mutualism of citizenship. He will cite “E pluribus unum” to celebrate equal rights and equal opportunity as well as responsibility for one another. He will insist that we are indeed “our brother’s and our sister’s keeper”. That’s not just a phrase for him, that’s a core belief. With that in mind, of course he will be the President of all the people all the time. He will treat all citizens wth the same unfailing civility and regard, including those who do not respond in kind. He will take pains to understand the points of view he does not share, not because he is lacking conviction, but because he will always attempt to find some common ground as a base for discussion and negotiation. The outcome of such negotiations must always meet the test of “who we are”. Or, in the case of the arrogant dismissal of such things as the Geneva convention, he will say “that’s NOT who we are” and insist upon making our actions match our values. There are those who dismiss this as “elitism” or as somehow ill-conceived and unrealistic, but it is this same clear evidence of character that people value most about this greatest of all Presidents. And that will prevail over all self-centered political grandstanding and furor, over envy, racism and contempt because all of those manifestations fail the test of “who we are”.

    • 98 Lovepolitics2008
      November 21, 2011 at 12:42 am

      Fabulous comment. Please re-post it some time this week because at this hour many people might miss it.

      Thank you for putting into words what so many of us feel about this exceptional president.

    • November 21, 2011 at 1:07 am

      hgerhard, send it to chips. It needs to be at the front page.

    • 100 theo67
      November 21, 2011 at 2:16 am

      This is a brilliant analysis. Thank you!

    • November 21, 2011 at 7:39 am

      Beautiful, hgerhard. You described what is at the core of our president, which is solid, enduring and very, very spiritual/religious. Contrast this to the coreless Romney and the candidates who speak about religion, but never behave in a spiritual way and you have a stark choice for voters. My nightly prayer is that people open their eyes and really see how beautiful our president’s soul is and how much he has accomplished for them.

    • 102 prettyfoot58
      November 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

      Awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee……iwould like to post this on my FB page…

    • November 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

      hgerhard, I only saw your comment now, it’s absolutely beautiful. I added it to today’s (Monday) Rise and Shine post, everyone needs to read it. Thank you so much.

    • November 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Fantastic! I share your sentiment. I truly got a sense of the man who is Barack after reading his first book.
      It wasn’t about his writing skills as much as his ability to self-examine and see things from the other person
      point of view. I believe that he’s a special man and once in a lifetime leader. And I am an unwavering,
      dedicated, and enthusiastic part of his rock solid base. It’s funny how it felt good to type that. :))

  26. 105 Judith Fardig
    November 21, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I’m part of President Obama’s rock-solid base as are my husband and our two young adult offspring. We volunteer with other fired-up OFA members, donate, register voters, write letters to the editor, and come here for positive reinforcement. My local office in Portland, OR is jumping with activity. We had 70 people show up for our last Ladies in Blue house party where we usually get a dozen. Soon we will be launching neighborhood teams that will be well prepared to get out the vote next year. Thank goodness for universal vote-by-mail in Oregon and Washington!

  27. 107 globalcitizenlinda
    November 21, 2011 at 12:19 am

    very proud member of President Obamas’s rock solid base – nothing will make me change my mind about PBO because of the life he has lived when the cameras were NOT watching

  28. 108 lmrj
    November 21, 2011 at 12:24 am

    My name is lmrj and I am a proud, unwavering, Facebook-posting, tweeting, e-mailing, POTUS-fact dispensing, and donating part of President Barack Hussein Obama’s rock solid base!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    • 109 lmrj
      November 21, 2011 at 12:35 am

      May I say that I have never donated hard-earned dollars to an individual until PBO. New for me to bank on a person and not just an organization. I believe PBO is truly living the meaning of his first name “blessing”.

  29. 110 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    November 21, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Me too. I’m part of the rock solid base!

  30. 111 Sue in Minnesota
    November 21, 2011 at 12:50 am

    My name is Sue and I am an unwaivering member of President Barack Obama’s ROCK SOLID base. He inspires me and amazes me, and is the source of great pride, political engagement and gratitude in my life.

    YES.WE.CAN. and YES.WE.WILL. Obama/Biden 2012

    • 112 Chi
      November 21, 2011 at 1:33 am

      Oh my dear Sue…

      So, so glad to see you…

      How are you…

      Please take care of yourself and if you are able, please post every so often so we know you’re healing well…

      Take care dear…

      • 113 Sue in Minnesota
        November 21, 2011 at 2:31 am

        Hi Chi…..thank you for your kind thoughts, I am doing really well physically, my stamina is back and my headaches are now the exception rather than the rule. My computer was on the fritz… I had to have the hard drive replaced….fortunately they got the work done in 10 days not three weeks as they had originally suggested. Being seriously addicted I worried about withdrawal, I was worried I might ‘chew my fingers off’ in frustration. I tried to keep my mind off what I knew I was missing….art projects and reading helped me to maintain a sense of calm. In the previous post Walking on Sunshine suggested we send FLOTUS a hand written card of support……I just made a handful of very pretty handmade cards, among other things………I’ll put one in the mail tomorrow…….synchronocity!

        You are such a thoughtful and lovely spirit…thanks for being you.

        • November 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

          Hi Sue, it is good seeing you. Although I am not here very much during the week due to work and training, I missed seeing you for a bit. Hope you get to feeling better. Take good care of yourself!!

    • November 21, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      Sister Sue, you ARE here! Sweet! {{{Sue in M}}} You had me worried for a little bit there, wondering if it was your computer or your health. It is awfully good to see you!

  31. 116 Dudette
    November 21, 2011 at 12:59 am

    I am a member of his base and my support is rock solid! 4 more for 44!!

  32. 117 FiredUpInCA
    November 21, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I am FiredUpInCA. The Rockies may crumble. Gilbraltar may tumble. They’re only made of clay. But this Obmacrat is here to stay. I am the Rock Solid Base.

  33. 118 Dudette
    November 21, 2011 at 1:04 am

    TOD’ers we should be taking a page from Van Jones’ handbook and making Tweety’s advertiser’s aware of our displeasure at his trashing our First Family. No analysis comes from this Matthew’s show — just arrogant, thinly veiled whiny, jealousy and disrespect. I stopped watch it ages ago, because of Pat Buchanan, who’s just a racist as Beck AND Limbaugh. MSNBC should be ashamed!

    • 119 Sue in Minnesota
      November 21, 2011 at 3:03 am

      I’m down with that. I also quit watching long ago, and seriously doubt I’m missing anything of pertinence or value.

      • November 22, 2011 at 12:02 am

        No you are not missing anything of value in Tweety world, but you did miss the trip to Hawaii, Australia, etc, so when you can you might want to check THAT out. 😛 😆

  34. 121 Mae who love our CIC
    November 21, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Hi Mae here
    The Rock Solid Base they are talking about, that’s me 100%.

  35. 122 Uche
    November 21, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I’m Uche…an unapologetic supporter and member of PBO’s ROCK SOLID BASE!!

  36. 123 mb32
    November 21, 2011 at 7:15 am

    MB32 here and I’m a member of PBO’s Rock Solid Base!

  37. 124 L3
    November 21, 2011 at 7:25 am

    L3 here! I am part of PBO’s rock solid base. Member since 2003. I first learned about PBO on Hardball when he was running for the U.S. Senate. Isn’t that ironic? Chris was profiling the new generation of black leaders: Artur Davis, Michael Steele, Kwame Kilpatrick, Corey Booker and Barack Obama. I followed his senate race by watching WGN and I’ve been with him ever since.

  38. 125 debbyeOh
    November 21, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I am debbyeOh and I am part of President Barack H Obama’s rock solid base! #Press On. And by the way, I’ve got the First Lady’s back!

  39. November 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Good morning, TOD family. Here’s another member of the ROCK SOLID BASE!!!

  40. 127 Mary Gray
    November 21, 2011 at 8:45 am

    My name is Mary Gray. Proud to be a rock solid member of the Rock Solid Base. Predict he will win by rock solid large margin!

  41. 128 carolyn
    November 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Another member (both of us in our house) of president Obama’s ROCK SOLID BASE!!! We supposedly are part of the population that has left him…..white, retired, Oklahomans, evangelical…….who do they poll!!!
    He is the best president of my lifetie and I will be 72 this Wednesday!
    Thank you President Obama for all you’ve done and want to do for ous.
    Thank you Mrs. Obama for being the most generous, caring, progressive First Lady in my life time!!

  42. 129 sjterrid
    November 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

    My name is sjterrid and I’m another member of President Obama’s base.

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