When President Obama steps to the podium in front of the Speaker's chair Tuesday night, the speech he delivers will contain the most liberal promises and activist rhetoric of his presidency, progressives hope and Republicans worry.
Liberals say both good policy and electoral logic dictate a sharp move left.
They do not want to hear him seeking compromise ahead of midterm elections that are likely to be decided on turnout.
November will hinge on which side best fires up its base. So progressives want Obama to beat the base drum. There is no louder stage than the State of the Union.