We love the smell of abject fear in the morning.
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough held an unpublicized meeting with Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), chairman of the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, amid anger and anxiety that ObamaCare’s botched rollout could cost the party its majority next year.
In the meeting, requested by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), McDonough and Bennet discussed what the White House could do to help vulnerable Senate Democrats and “talked about developing a stronger relationship with the White House,” according to one senior Democratic aide familiar with the conversation.
A stronger relationship? How about any relationship? Don’t these boobs realize they’re on their own?
Democratic senators fear the White House is not sympathetic enough to their plight. After the government shutdown, they were confident they would retain the Senate, but optimism vanished as problems with the healthcare law mounted.
“I know these guys are nervous as hell,” said a second senior Democratic aide. “I mean, all of their jobs are on the line because this is the thing making the biggest waves lately. It’s a nightmare.”
They signed on with ObamaCare. They own it and they realize their political careers are likely over by this time next year. Sorry folks.
The aide said the meeting, which took place late last month in Bennet’s Senate office, was aimed at making sure the White House communicated more with the committee.
Asked if it would have been better if the White House had reached out to the DSCC rather than the other way around, the aide familiar with the meeting expressed satisfaction with the way things played out.
A third aide said of the White House: “They get it.”
So, they’ll be running on the joys of ObamaCare? Uh, not likely.
Anger among Democrats over the rollout of ObamaCare is deep.
The third aide, who works for a senator up for reelection in 2014, said the White House had “s–t the bed.”