At the Washington Post, Chris Cillizza writes:
A new print ad — sponsored by the conservative American Future Fund and running in the print editions of Politico and Roll Call — is the first direct attempt we’ve seen by Republicans to directly leverage the Massachusetts special election against House and Senate Democrats contemplating retirement.
The ad, which you can see after the jump, seeks to connect statements made by the White House about the relative quality — or lack thereof — of the candidates in the Senate special election as well as gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia 2009 to raise doubts in Members’ minds about whether it’s worth their while to try to win re-election in a challenging national environment.
“1. Run. 2. Lose. 3. Get Trashed by the White House,” reads the ad. “Are you willing to sacrifice your career for Obama?”
Blaine Nye, who played guard on the Tom Landry-era Dallas Cowboys of the late ’60s through the mid-’70s, once said that when it came to his often imperious head coach, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but who gets the blame”.
Landry never took the blame for a loss, but he had nothing on President Obama’s planetary-sized ego. Click over to the American Future Fund’s Website to see the ad, which notes these three examples of the White House trashing its fellow Democrats:
“A senior administration official said Deeds badly erred on several fronts, including not doing a better job of coordinating with the White House.”
— Washington Post, 10/23/09
“If anything, Axelrod said, Corzine should be thanking Obama for preventing him from losing even worse to Christie.”
— New York Post, 11/5/09
“Hill sources say White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has blamed Coakley … for failing to see Brown’s surge in time to stop it.”
— Politico, 1/19/10
As Mark Steyn once wrote:
When the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dumped some of his closest cabinet colleagues to extricate himself from a political crisis, the Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe responded: “Greater love hath no man than to lay down his friends for his life.”
Obama is always eager to find someone new to toss under the bus. But with the wheels rapidly coming off, will his fellow Democrats be quite as willing to put their necks on the line?