November 19, 2010

LET THEM VENT, THEN IGNORE THEM:

Senate Democrats vent anger with Barack Obama (GLENN THRUSH & MANU RAJU | 11/19/10, Politico)

Senate Democrats – including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida – lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO. [...]

In interviews after the marathon three hour meeting, several senators and senior aides told POLITICO that Nelson was just one of several senators to express anger at White House missteps – and air deep concerns about their own political fates if Obama and the Democratic Party leadership can’t turn things around by 2012.

Added one veteran senator: “It was the most frank exchange of views I’ve ever seen.” [...]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had met with Obama at the White House earlier in the day, calmly presided over the gripe session, sources say, allowing members to have their say.


What does the leadership care what the rank and file say? They were already re-elected.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2010 7:09 AM
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