Skip to comments.Democrats still fuming over Gibbs comments ("Members were hot - hot, hot, hot")
Posted on 07/14/2010 11:39:29 AM PDT by maggief
Washington (CNN) As President Obama heads behind closed doors Wednesday evening with House Democratic leaders for a key election-year strategy session, senior party officials said that top lawmakers are privately still fuming about White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' declaration this weekend that Republicans could take control of Congress in November.
The senior officials said that at a private Capitol Hill meeting on Tuesday night, a string of House Democrats - including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - expressed deep frustration that Gibbs had played into Republicans' hands by answering a hypothetical question on NBC's "Meet the Press" about whether Democrats may lose their grip on power.
In a statement that senior White House officials maintain was blindingly obvious and really not newsworthy, Gibbs said on Sunday, "I think there is no doubt there are enough seats in play - that could cause Republicans to gain control."
But senior Democratic officials on Capitol Hill said it's one thing for a pundit to state the obvious about the state of play in the election and quite another for a top White House official to offer an assessment that may depress the party's base just as officials hope to start revving liberals up.
"Members were hot - hot, hot, hot," one senior Democratic official told CNN about the private meeting Tuesday where House Democrats directed their anger at Dan Turton, a White House aide who attended the session.
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Looks like Obama is runiing out of room under the bus. Gonna need a bigger bus.
Apparently the Congress ‘rats are against any openness and transparency from the get Whitey House.
If you want to piss off a Conservative, like to him.
If you want to piss off a Liberal, just tell him the truth.
DemonRATs are convinced that power is theirs by divine right, with a little d because they are Godless. What they've lost their grip on - is reality.
like=lie, sheesh...I can’t spell even with spellcheck!
It’s telling that they are more upset about losing seats in Congress than about a black racist wanting to kill ‘crackers’.
Maybe Gibbels wants off the crazy train and has decided to start telling the truth.
Is Gibbs a loose cannon? Do you think he said this without obamma’s thugs knowledge it was going to said?
Oh please Br'er Fox, whatever you do don't throw me into that briar patch.
Well, turnabout is fair play; I lost count of the number of Republican “leaders” who were publicly wailing before the 2008 election about potential losses, leading to what were to some degree self-fulfilling prophecies.
1. uh, Um. Well.
2. Dig for dirt on Republicans and Conservative opponents
3. Play Race Card.
4. Invoke / Blame George Bush
>> Is Gibbs a loose cannon?
More like a loose bowel, I’d say.
It is all a ploy. Lower expectations for the election, and when the Dems barely hold on to both house and senate, they can then claim substantial victory. He said it on purpose. Oldest trick in the book.
Is Gibbs a loose cannon?
I don’t think so. His remark yesterday was probably one of the most sincere, unrehearsed, adlib responses he’s made recently. IMO.
Then the President will have someone to blame for everything that goes wrong over the next two years.
Anger, panic and general uncontrolled emotion — This is the normal reaction of the Left/members of the Democrat Socialist Party to the truth, especially if it is spoken outright — not shaded or accompanied by a 10-minute rationalization — by one of their own. Ya gotta love it!!
Few things suck as much as the instant one recognizes that one’s argument is not only wrong, but that it’s about to all come crashing down upon ones head.
This going to be fun to watch.
All together now, Media Pukes, let’s go galloping down the Gibbs’ sidetrack.
A political scandal of the highest order; someone told the truth!
Turton was born in Bangor, Maine, but grew up mostly in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He moved back to Connecticut as a sophomore to attend high school. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a degree in government.
After college, Turton landed a job with then House Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Miss.). He stayed with Gephardt for more than 20 years, moving from a receptionist to a key player.
Turton left Capitol Hill in 2003 to work with the powerful lobbying company Timmons & Co. He worked with 41 clients, including many corporate ones like the American Council of Life Insurers, Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Chevron, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Rifle Association and Unocal Corp, according to Roll Call.Crabtree, Susan, Days before Nov. election, three Dem aides departed, The Hill, Jan. 25, 2007(4)Crabtree, Susan, Days before Nov. election, three Dem aides departed, The Hill, Jan. 25, 2007
In 2006, Turton returned to Congress to work for Slaughter as majority staff director for the House Rules panel
The move surprised many inside the Beltway, particularly because Slaughter had previously used harsh words to describe lobbyists. “Watching Washington be taken over by these little sleaze merchants is not only expensive and repulsive it is destroying America, she said on the House floor in 2005.
Like I told my friends earlier today, this is classic: Gibbs lies his ass off for a couple years, and the Democrats are silent. He TELLS THE TRUTH ONE TIME and then they get pissed.
Like I told my friends earlier today, this is classic: Gibbs lies his ass off for a couple years, and the Democrats are silent. He TELLS THE TRUTH ONE TIME and then they get pissed.Funny! What do you think caused him to tell the truth?
Turtons work with Gephardt has tied him to a slew of prominent Democrats and Obama advisers like campaign manager David Plouffe, and spokesman Bill Burton. He is also connected to former Clinton aides like ABCs George Stephanopoulos and Paul Begala.Timmons and Co. Web site(2)Timmons and Co. Web site
Turton also has ties to top Hill staffers like Matt Gelman, who answered phones with Turton. Now Gelman is working for House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.). Bernie Raimo, who is chief counsel to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sean Kennedy, who is chief of staff to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Miss.) were also Gephardt staffers.OConnor, Partrick, Six degrees of ... Dick Gephardt?, Politico, July 24, 2008(8)
ANd to think a general of our military was fired for a few of the cuff remarks about this admin.
The Dems have Gibbs & We have Steele. I’d almost be willing to trade with them.
When the Dems lose the Huse, Pelosi will no doubt say “It’s all Bush’s fault”
The only time the smarmy bas**** tells the truth and the Dimwits are all over him! The truth hurts I guess.
Oh yeah. Good luck with that!