This is one for the “Stating The Obvious” file. White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, appeared on NBC’s “Meet The Press” and acknowledged publicly that Democrats may lose control of the House of Representatives this November. “I think there’s no doubt that enough seats are in play…”, said Gibbs.
The statement had several purposes. One was to rally support from the base to become engaged, which has yet to happen this election cycle. Especially on campaign fund raising, which is significantly down. The other key reason is to lower expectations.
The Democrats currently have a 59-seat majority in the House, and a 19-seat majority in the Senate. Gibbs statement acknowledged that 40-60 House seats are “in play”. Republicans need to win 40 House seats to have control.
Both Gibbs, and David Axlerod, who also made the Sunday talk show rounds, admitted that there is a growing frustration in the country. That not enough has been done to improve the economy and create jobs. Both recognized that current polling data has the White House and Congressional Democrats declining in support.
However, Axlerod, in particular, played spin-control and the fear-mongering card. He contends that merely voting Republicans back in is not a solution. This coincides with Obama’s speech in Las Vegas at a Harry Reid rally, where the political rhetoric was to continue the ‘blame Bush’ game.
Most polls do show that Americans still do blame Bush for causing the financial meltdown of 2008. However, support for Obama’s handling of the economy and managing the recovery has been steadily declining. By a nearly two to one margin, Americans believe the Obama-Democrat stimulus failed. Support amongst Independents has shrank the most, nearly 20% to around a 38% approval rating.
On other hot-button issues like immigration, the numbers get even worse for the White House. The mood is so negative that this past weekend, at a governor’s conference in Boston, even several Democrat governors stated that now is the wrong time to make immigration an issue. But the White House has picked up the mantle, hoping to energize Latino voters as they lose ground elsewhere.
That White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs publicly acknowledged Democrats may lose the House in the 2010 November mid-term election is less about news and more about spin. Anyone who can read a poll could have told you that months ago. The ploy is just the latest means of the White House attempting to paint a happy face on another looming disaster.