Democrats Run from, smack down Obama

Democrats Run from, smack down Obama

Bill Clinton has been accused of many things, but no one who knows him calls him stupid. He isn’t. And when he isn’t seething in anger, his remarks are usually very carefully nuanced and measured.

In his interview with Newsmax, Clinton had this to say, less than two days after President Obama called for a new tax on millionaires and billionaires…”I personally don’t believe we ought to be raising taxes…”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the Obama reelection strategy.

And Chuck Schumer, the third ranking Democrat in the Senate, also put the brakes on Obama’s tax increase.

He was not the only Democrat in Congress to do so.

“I’m glad the election’s not today,” said Democratic pollster Keith Frederick, a veteran of House races. “Every poll shows independents losing their patience for the president. These House elections tend to get nationalized, and there’s no doubt right now that as a referendum on Barack Obama, House Democrats lose.”

“It’s going to be a really tough battle,” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told POLITICO. “Democrats are all going to have to distinguish themselves from the president.”

“It didn’t have to be this way,” said another House Democrat who requested anonymity in order to speak candidly. “Obama’s presidency has fizzled. It’s going to be every person for himself in 2012. There just won’t be any coattails, and any effect he does have on the ballot will hurt us.”

So we have a President who on Monday made class warfare the centerpiece of his reelection campaign…subsequently smacked down by members of his own party.

It is an inauspicious start for Obama’s campaign.

And there is a lesson. For a campaign message to work, particularly one that is central to a campaign and the rationale of a candidate for public office, it needs an echo chamber—and allies who are willing to assert that the cause is right and just and good and worthy of support. That requires a little outreach before the maiden speech, and a well planned roll out of those willing to echo the message.

Apparently Obama’s campaign never thought to do that.

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