OH, DEAR ME. WE WEEP FOR THEM, WE WEEP – AT 8:38 A.M. ET: What a bunch of sad sacks these Obamans are. Have you ever seen people in politics who feel more sorry for themselves? They are the classic bullies: Punch them and they cry. From the Daily Beast:
As the GOP prepares for a rout in November (The Daily Beast’s Election Oracle forecasts a 50/50 split in the Senate and a substantial Republican lead in the House), the Obama team seems powerless to stop it. Howard Kurtz on its fascinating belief that the bully pulpit has been downsized, forcing the leader of the free world to shout for attention:
Imagine if the Chilean mining disaster had happened here in the States. President Obama would have been hammered for 69 days for failing to rescue the men, right up to the moment the first one was pulled to safety.
That’s the sensibility inside the White House these days: If there’s a bad story out there, even one far removed from the presidential orbit, the Obama crowd will own it. Every administration feels besieged at times, pilloried by the press, misunderstood by the public. But conversations with White House officials suggest a team that feels almost snakebit during a midterm election that is likely to produce substantial losses.
"There’s an alternative story here that we’re trying to tell,” says Dan Pfeiffer, the communications director. "But there’s an element of spitting in the ocean."
COMMENT: Oh, please. Sometimes I think the Obama White House would make a good setting for a daytime soap opera. The president is getting his message out, it's just not the message Americans want to hear. When a president continually demeans his own country and his own citizens, some might suggest that he's carrying the wrong speech.
But in this White House, pure of heart and incapable of error, there is no understanding of this at all. It's just a bad time, that's all. And it's so unfair. It's so...BUSH (!!).
The White House is fighting the last war. They're campaigning like it's 2008, not realizing that they've already governed. You know governed. That's the thing you do when you get the job. No one told them.
October 25, 2010