Apparently “winning” is now mean.
This is pathetically naive. The man simply has no fight in him. He also doesn’t understand the first thing about politics.
We said a long time ago that this White House isn’t interested in the fortunes of the House and Senate Democrats (or of any group or entity on the left), and the President made that clear tonight. His primary interest, on hearing that the issue of Medicare turned a conservative House district blue, wasn’t taking political advantage of tonight’s victory and using it to feed a narrative of GOP extremism that he, and all Democratic candidates, could use to coast to victory in 2012.
No, President Obama’s primary interest was making sure he didn’t say anything that would help Democrats, because by helping Democrats he’s per se hurting Republicans. And hurting Republicans is mean. And he doesn’t do mean. Unless he’s being mean to a Democrat, or a Democratic constituency. Then it’s okay.
All sarcasm aside, we’ve finally found a winning election issue, a weakness in the GOP armor, and the White House doesn’t even mention it. It was THE issue of the race, it was the reason the Republican lost. If the GOP were in our shoes, that’s all they’d be doing is spinning this race to their advantage. It’s what you do in politics, smart politics. This is serious, what the White House just did. And it’s part of an ongoing pattern of missed opportunity, a pattern of telegraphing weakness when they’re actually in the position of strength.
UPDATE: What should Obama have done? Here’s what Nancy Pelosi had to say:
“Kathy Hochul’s victory tonight is a tribute to Democrats’ commitment to preserve and strengthen Medicare, create jobs, and grow our economy,” Pelosi said. “And it sends a clear message that will echo nationwide: Republicans will be held accountable for their vote to end Medicare.”
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2011
Statement by the President on the Election of Kathy Hochul to Congress
I want to extend my congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul for her victory in New York’s 26th Congressional District. Kathy and I both believe that we need to create jobs, grow our economy, and reduce the deficit in order to outcompete other nations and win the future. Kathy has shown, through her victory and throughout her career, that she will fight for the families and businesses in western New York, and I look forward to working with her when she gets to Washington.