Major Dem Money-Bundler - Barack Obama Doesn't Understand This Election Is A Referendum On His Agenda
I hear quite a few DNC pukers that this election soon upon us all is not a referendum but just another election. Right.
Robert Gibbs says he merely “stated the obvious” in predicting Republicans could win control of the House in November.
But Democratic strategists are privately grumbling that the White House press secretary gift-wrapped a bludgeon and handed it to the GOP.
“It was the dumbest thing in the world to do,” one major Democratic money-bundler told POLITICO. “Barack Obama doesn’t understand this [election] is a referendum on his agenda.”
Gibbs’ perhaps too-candid remarks about losing the House has exacerbated Democratic anxieties about the prospect of fighting a political war on two fronts, against Republicans and their own White House.
And they privately express concern that President Barack Obama and his aides are willing to sacrifice Democratic seats — and perhaps the majority — to protect Obama’s brand heading into the 2012 election. Gibbs’s remarks are particularly galling, several Democrats say, because they feel that the White House is focused on Senate races and has done too little to help keep the speaker’s gavel in Nancy Pelosi’s hands.
“It’s the difference between stating the obvious and disheartening Democrats and stating the obvious and emboldening Democrats,” said a strategist who is working on 2010 elections. “Guess which he did?”
But even as they criticize his remarks, Democrats aren’t challenging the accuracy of Gibbs’s assertion – they’re just questioning the political wisdom behind his forthcoming answer.
White House spokesman Bill Burton, a former DCCC aide, said there’s a natural tension between the White House, which has to balance the president’s time and energy, and the campaign arms of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses. [...]
And the DNC are a bunch of pack rats trying to find a safe place to roam because the land they have siezed at the moment is destitute, dry and full of mong. They will lose in 2010 and they will lose in 2012 ... if we make it that far.
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