13 Jul
2010
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Gibbs: November could be rough

Yesterday, White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs caused a stir when he suggested that Democrats could lose the House this November election season.  Said Gibbs:

I think there’s no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control. There’s no doubt about that.

Did Gibbs gaffe??  Some Democrats think so.  According to this Politico story, party supporters are angry:

But Democratic strategists are privately grumbling that the White House press secretary gift-wrapped a bludgeon and handed it to the GOP.

“It was the dumbest thing in the world to do,” one major Democratic money-bundler told POLITICO. “Barack Obama doesn’t understand this [election] is a referendum on his agenda.”

Many have theorized that Gibbs was merely managing expectations (a phrase I find offensive from a literary perspective, for the record), and that by lowering the bar Democrats can spin a loss into a kind of win.

For my 2 cents, I think Gibbs doesn’t really know what his role in the world is, and found himself a hapless Press Secretary to a terrible President, contributing his poor brand of propaganda to a nation that is experiencing a groundless economic recovery and quickly losing international allies.

To sum up: an honest statement from a very confused man.

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