The party establishments always have to spin harder after a one-sided election, but some Democrats are barely spinning at all this morning, unless what looks like spin is in fact a pivot to train their ire on Obama in hopes his intransigence doesn’t drag the party down further in 2016.
How about this from Harry Reid’s (“weak Reid”?) chief of staff:
“The president’s approval rating is barely 40 percent,” David Krone, chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Washington Post reporters. “What else more is there to say? … He wasn’t going to play well in North Carolina or Iowa or New Hampshire. I’m sorry. It doesn’t mean that the message was bad, but sometimes the messenger isn’t good.”
Or Sen. Joe Manchin, who just might be a Republican before the week is out:
“It doesn’t make sense that we have to fight so hard against our own government and our own administration and our president to try to find a balance,” Manchin told MSNBC Tuesday night.
This is starting to sound like the conservatives who turned on George W. Bush late in his presidency as prospects started to go south for the GOP heading into 2008.
Obama has reached his “sell by” date. Wonder if he’ll talk with Bill Clinton this week about how he ought to adapt. I doubt it.
Let the recriminations continue!