Dem Strategist Colgan: Expect 'More Backbone' in Obama Speech

Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 05:44 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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President Barack Obama will show "a little more backbone" than usual in his State of the Union address, says Flavia Colgan, a Democratic strategist and former analyst for MSNBC and Fox News.

"I do believe that we're going to finally see the president show a little more backbone," Colgan told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"You're going to see the president try to posture a little bit more, try to make more of a threat in terms of executive orders.

"He's going to say, listen, I still want to work with you guys. Please, Congress, please let's start to work together for the good of the American people, we have to get things done," she said Tuesday.

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Colgan says neither Democrats nor Republicans are working for Americans.

"We do pay them, by the way. We pay them a salary to accomplish things, and neither one of them, Democrats, Republicans, tea party, none of them seem to be getting anything done," she said.

"So, the president, if he's smart, is going to use his bully pulpit, and he is going to say, listen, I want to work with you guys on healthcare, on unemployment, on income inequality, on green jobs, on creating jobs, on all of these very important issues.

"But if you guys aren't going to work with me . . . guess what, I'm going to start using the power of the presidency, I'm going to start doing executive orders and not just these random ones that I do that are insignificant; I'm going to start making controversial moves."

Colgan said the wielding of the executive order is not always productive.

"As a populace, I don't necessarily agree with that, because the best way of doing business is always to go through Congress because you get more of a buy-in, it's the way our country was established, it's the way it should work," she said.

"However, if Congress is going to very explicitly say we are not going to work with you, then, at some point, on issues that matter to the American public and that are very urgent with respect to getting people back to work and so forth . . . I would be open to the field of possibility of him doing that, and this is coming from someone who does not appreciate the expansion of executive power at all."

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