Dem Circular Firing Squad Over Mass Senate Defeat
January 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The Associated Press just called the Massachusetts senate race for Republican Scott Brown. Even before the polls closed today in the Bay State on a raw snowy January day, the national Democrats and Martha Coakley’s campaign started pointing fingers, engaging in a vicious blame game. The circular firing squad within the Democratic Party is about to get ugly.
David Axelrod told reporters today: “I think the White House did everything we were asked to do. Had we been asked earlier, we would have responded earlier.” Ouch! Why didn’t you ask for help earlier Martha?
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters today that President Obama was “surprised and frustrated.” He is “Not pleased,” added Gibbs.
Coakley’s campaign swiftly responded to the criticisms pointing the finger at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee. “DNC and other Dem organizations did not engage until the week before the election, much too late to aid Coakley campaign,” read one memo from the campaign.
A senior national party official quoted by the Huffington Post shot an immediate volley back towards the Coakley campaign, saying Coakley’s charges are “A pack full of lies and fantasies.”
“The candidate in this race and the campaign have been involved in the worst case of political malpractice in memory and they aren’t going to be able to spin themselves out of this with a memo full of lies,” said the official.
This is going to get ugly, very ugly.
Source: Talking Points Memo