Democrats in Panic Over Obama: ‘They’re freaking out, as they should be’

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 at 8:03 am

This story doesn’t even factor in the crushing results of the new CBS poll this morning. Just imagine the terror once they see those numbers. Even with the psycho-babble that they’ll be running in support of ObamaCare, behind closed doors they realize what a loser they have on their hands.

You own him, folks. See you next November.

President Obama’s relationship with congressional Democrats has worsened to an unprecedented low, Democratic aides say.

They are letting it be known that House and Senate Democrats are increasingly frustrated, bitter and angry with the White House over ObamaCare’s botched rollout, and that the president’s mea culpa in a news conference last week failed to soothe any ill will.

Sources who attended a meeting of House chiefs of staff on Monday say the room was seething with anger over the immense damage being done to the Democratic Party and talk was of scrapping rollout events for the Affordable Care Act.

“Here we are, we’re supposed to be selling this to people, and it’s all screwed up,” one chief of staff ranted. “This either gets fixed or this could be the demise of the Democratic Party.

“It’s probably the worst I’ve ever seen it,” the aide said of the recent mood on Capitol Hill. “It’s bad. It’s really bad.”

It’s really bad, and will be getting a lot worse.

Democrats around Capitol Hill say there are lots of people to blame for the debacle that has engulfed them. But increasingly the anger is directed at one person only: Obama.

“Is he even more unpopular than George W. Bush? I think that’s already happened,” said one Democratic chief of staff.

Senior administration officials say they understand the frustration and anger on the opposite side of Pennsylvania Avenue and they realize Democrats are the ones who continue to take a hit.

But the senior officials say the most important thing the White House can do right now is to get the implementation of the healthcare law right. The feeling in the West Wing corridors lately is that once the rollout is fixed, the public will see all the positives behind ObamaCare.

“The policy will take care of the politics,” one senior administration official said.

But not everyone agrees with that sentiment — particularly those Democrats in both chambers who are up for reelection in 2014.

“They’re freaking out, as they should be,” said one senior Senate Democratic aide, adding that the rollout continues to be “a lasting mess.”

Bottom line for panicked Democrats?

“The only way he can really make it up to us is by fixing this s–t,” one Democratic House aide said.

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25 Responses to “Democrats in Panic Over Obama: ‘They’re freaking out, as they should be’”

  1. Jazz on 20/20/13 at 8:13 am

    On the CBS poll, things are worse than the poll would make us believe. If you check out the weighting in the cross tabs, Independents are augmented significantly, Dems are virtually unchanged, and Republicans are discounted heavily – by more than 15%. The official conclusions of this poll are being propped up by manipulated figures.

  2. stewati on 20/20/13 at 8:36 am

    I keep wondering why Democrats keep thinking and saying that the “policy will take care of the politics”. The more people learn about the details of this law, the worse it gets. When it becomes less of an abstract idea for most people (e.g., when people’s employer’s through them off their plans), the shit storm will then really start. Its one thing to be concerned when it happens to the other guy, but when it starts happening to me….

  3. Anarchus on 20/20/13 at 9:17 am

    If you think this is bad, wait until citizens encounter the 2nd great lie of ObamaCare: Not only can you not keep your old plan if you like it, but in many cases, people are NOT going to be able to keep their doctor – because so many of the less expensive Bronze and Silver plans have HMO-like restricted networks. Oh, and you might not be able to keep your medicine, either, if you like it but it’s not on the official formulary.

    Obama: You can tell when he’s lying – it’s when his lips are moving . . . . .

  4. Koblog on 20/20/13 at 9:19 am

    Don’t ya just love how the democrats are blaming Obama for the failure of the convoluted law they themselves passed by themselves exclusively and celebrated with that in-your-face giant-gavel march down the street and up the Capitol steps?

    Own it dems! It’s all yours Feinstein, Boxer, Pelosi and Reid. Embrace the suck.

  5. Haiku Guy on 20/20/13 at 9:26 am

    People do not like
    The cross-subsidization
    The core of the law

    As long as you present Obamacare as universal coverage with rate cuts for all, it polls very well. But as soon as people see that, even with subsidies, the cross-subsidization of the old and sick at the expense of the the young and healthy is going to make health insurance unaffordable for huge numbers of people, they will turn even harder against the law.

    The only way this was going to work was to build a critical mass of subsidized enrollees who could be counted on to fight to the death to maintain their meager benefits. Well, that ship has sailed. Nobody is fighting for this thing.

  6. Quana on 20/20/13 at 9:27 am

    They keep saying “it’s the rollout”. It is NOT the rollout that is the problem, it’s the law that is the problem

  7. Haiku Guy on 20/20/13 at 9:30 am

    I was at that Tea Party rally and saw that Gavel March with my own eyes. (BTW, there were no racial slurs shouted).

    Remember, way back in 2010, when people were saying that Obama took a hands-off approach to passing this law, and let the Congressional Democrats do all the work crafting the details? Yeah, Nancy Pelosi doesn’t remember that, either…

  8. bitterclinger on 20/20/13 at 9:58 am

    The only way the democrats can even hope to have the slightest chance at re-election AMONG Lefties is FULL REPEAL.

    Hope ‘n change, baby!

  9. Harry on 20/20/13 at 10:25 am

    Maybe the Democrats will remember this the next time they vilify a Republican President, just because … well, because they can. What goes around comes around.

  10. jb books on 20/20/13 at 10:56 am

    Is there a word that means Schadenfreude, but times 1000? We should think of one. In the mean time, politically speaking this is the best feeling I have had in 6 years. As a CO resident, I would give anything to step into an elevator with Udall, just so I could give him 15 seconds of thoughtful constituent feedback.

  11. Mark l. on 20/20/13 at 12:32 pm

    How does fixing the website save obamacare?

    Caught Alan Colmes the other night, still going with the “just 3%” defense. This is the equivalent of defending a perjury charge with the argument that ‘97% of the testimony was true’.

  12. crackermike on 20/20/13 at 12:53 pm

    Why all the doom and gloom? Didn’t President Obama state that he NEVER said if you like and want to keep your Dr. and Health Plan, you could, PEROID.? The Tea Party racist’s used Koch Brothers money to fake all those clips of poor, poor President Obama to make it LOOK like he said that. That’s how deep this racism goes. Anyone that actually believes their own eyes and ears instead of what the President TELLS them to believe is raacist. And there are no serious problems with the ACA website either, why just yesterday President Obama said on a phone call to his organizers that 100 million people had already signed up for Obamacare. Any one that disputes President Obama on that is raacist also. Let’s see, have I touched on all the raacist points manufactured by the Koch Brothers to harm our poor, poor President? ……( INSANITY BUTTON IS NOW OFF).

  13. Max Entropy on 20/20/13 at 1:28 pm

    The disasterous rollout is simply masking the larger disaster, implementation.
    The savings aren’t there but the restrictions are.
    Has anyone actually saved $2500 as the president promised?

  14. I R A Darth Aggie on 20/20/13 at 1:48 pm

    “Is there a word that means Schadenfreude, but times 1000?”

    Yes. That word is schadenboner.

    I’ve had one since about the first week of October. Hopefully, a schadenboner lasting more than 4 weeks doesn’t cause any health issues.

  15. Nahanni on 20/20/13 at 7:58 pm

    I R A Darth Aggie: If it does you won’t be able to see your doctor under Obamacare. You aren’t going to get to keep your doctor anymore then you got to keep your health plan.

  16. JWnTX on 20/20/13 at 8:44 pm

    How can you fix a fatally flawed health care policy? You add 30 million people to the health care system, add a huge bureaucracy ON TOP OF the premiums we were already paying, and cut the benefits you pay to doctors by 1/3 (to begin with)–and then tell people “This will save us money!” No way in hell to make that come true no matter what kind of fancy footwork you do with the books (not that I don’t think they’ll try). But some things are just apparent (and for those of us not in love with Obama, it’s been apparent from the start). SOME folks will wake up now. Others, later. But this will go down as the biggest boondoggle in modern history. The biggest lie ever told to the American people. And the biggest failure by an American president in our brief history.

  17. retired military on 20/20/13 at 9:13 pm

    “But the senior officials say the most important thing the White House can do right now is to get the implementation of the healthcare law right”

    They cant even get a freaking website, which does nothing but act as an electronic data collection form, right. How do they expect to get everything else about the law right?

    . S. Lewis quotes:

    Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

    Everything that Obama says for the next 3 years the GOP should make a commercial out of it and then add a clip of Obama saying “If you like your insurance you can keep it. Noone will take it away from you”

    What is the difference between and oldladiesp*

    About a billion dollars and you can log in and use oldladiesp*

  18. richard40 on 21/21/13 at 10:42 am

    The dems may think that abandoning obama willo let them off the hook, but they voted for this POS too, and enthusiastically defended it. They should pay in 2014-2016 in the same way that repubs paid for the mistakes of Bush in 2006-2008.

  19. richard40 on 21/21/13 at 10:42 am

    The dems may think that abandoning obama willo let them off the hook, but they voted for this POS too, and enthusiastically defended it. They should pay in 2014-2016 in the same way that repubs paid for the mistakes of Bush in 2006-2008.

  20. richard40 on 21/21/13 at 10:42 am

    The dems may think that abandoning obama will let them off the hook, but they voted for this POS too, and enthusiastically defended it. They should pay in 2014-2016 in the same way that repubs paid for the mistakes of Bush in 2006-2008.