Then there’s a belief around Capitol Hill that the White House is already pointing the finger at them for the coming fall’s losses. That’s in keeping with a pattern: After all, Team Obama publicly trashed its gubernatorial candidate in Virginia last fall and its Massachusetts senatorial hopeful last winter, weeks before their elections.
Congressional Democrats also worry the president is insufficiently concerned about the November election. Maybe the White House believes Democrats have seats to give, that its agenda may be more achievable with fewer moderate Democrats, or that Mr. Obama can win re-election in 2012 more easily with a Republican Congress to blame.
Finally, congressional Democrats are frustrated the president doesn’t do more to help them. The problem here is that he can’t. His approval rating was 54% when his party was walloped in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts last fall. Now it’s 47% in the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls. Mr. Obama’s presence will hurt more than help in many swing races. Even his fund raising isn’t going as well as expected. A recent presidential fund-raising event in Missouri had to discount tickets to fill otherwise empty chairs.
Rove echoes Nancy Pelosi and calls this “friendly fire” from the White House. Unfortunately, this phrase neglects one important truth: the White House is NOT their friend. Never has been.
The only person who matters to Obama is Obama. Period. The career-ending self-immolation of his enablers is nothing to him – it is what he expects as his due. Their soon-to-be former careers matter not one whit to the won.
Rove also reminds the future former members of Congress that the one also does not understand the concept of paybacks.
One can safely assume that object lessons will be forthcoming. In fact, they have already begun: The Crap and Tax bill is DOA. (Gee, I’ll bet those Democrats who danced to Obama’s tune in the House are feeling really special right now.)
Look, the first victim of ObamaCare!