WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats criticized his spokesman on Wednesday for saying they may lose control of the House of Representatives in the November election."It was an absolutely ridiculous thing for him to say," said Representative Louise Slaughter, a member of Democratic leadership. "We didn't appreciate it."
"It's not helpful," groused Representative George Miller, quickly adding that Democrats expect to retain the House."What the White House spokesman should be talking about is what we've done," like overhauling U.S. healthcare, said Representative Xavier Becerra. "That's the real story."
The remarks exacerbated Democratic frustration with the increasingly unpopular White House, which also came under fire on Wednesday from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The business group accused it of stifling economic growth with burdensome regulatory and tax policies.
At a closed-door meeting of House Democrats on Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped into White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for saying Republicans may take over the House. Pelosi referred to Gibbs' remarks as "friendly fire," and said they are "very damaging," according to an aide who attended the meeting and asked not to be identified by name.
The aide paraphrased Pelosi as telling House Democrats that people ask her: "Why should I give money to you guys if you're are going to lose the majority?"
And that is whats driving them bananas. The Dems have 3 advantages this election cycle, the general inertia of having to be knocked out of office, the ability to reward groups with federal funds, and large pools of cash in the form of donations. Take one away and it their position deteriorates further.