Top Democratic strategists are blasting President Barack Obama for putting the Democratic Party in a precarious position heading into the midterm elections.
“It’s puzzling–and to the Kay Hagans of the world, infuriating–the number of times President Obama has stepped in it, repeatedly reminding voters that a vote for Hagan is a vote for Obama’s policies,” Democratic strategist Christy Setzer told The Hill.
Another individual whom The Hill describes as a “top Democratic strategist” groused about Obama golfing this past weekend instead of helping Democrats.
“He and his team could have made it clear a long time ago that there’s nothing more important than the Senate remaining in Democratic hands in 2014,” said the Democratic strategist. The strategist said the Obama White House has “already set up their defense” and is “laying the predicate down for the blame to come. It’s really obvious.”
The internecine rancor within Democratic ranks has grown so intense that at least one Democratic candidate says his own party is torpedoing his candidacy.
“My national party–that I’m a member of–(was) trying to drive votes to Larry Pressler [the Independent candidate] and trying to drive up my negatives,” Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland told the Argus Leader.
Democrats’ angst is eclipsed only by an angry voting electorate fed up with an unpopular president and Congress.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that seven out of ten Americans rate the Obama economy negatively.
Voters head to the polls in seven days.