First Benjamin Netanyahu, now members of his own party. Some loyalty you folks have going there.
Top Democratic strategists in Washington are already beginning one of the city’s oldest traditions — second-guessing a losing election strategy before what is expected to be a stinging defeat in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
One of the key debates to emerge is whether Democratic candidates were too cautious in avoiding President Barack Obama at all costs.
“Running away from the president is never smart,” said one top Democratic strategist who has worked with both the White House and Senate candidates this midterm cycle. “You look like chicken s—,” the strategist added on condition of anonymity.
An anonymous person calling others chickenshit. Savor the irony.
“I am becoming convinced that many Democrats made a mistake in trying to run away from President Obama and the Democratic party agenda,” said Jim Manley, a former spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “How is the base supposed to get excited when elected Democrats are going to such great length to put as much distance as the can between them and a president that was elected twice by the American people,” Manley asked.
One of the lasting memories of the 2014 midterm elections will likely be Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ refusal to say whether she even voted for Obama.
“She was an Obama delegate,” complained one strategist about Grimes. “Of course she voted for him.”
Can they at least make some chicken salad out of this?