New book claims Team Obama riven with dissension, drama in 2012

posted at 10:01 am on August 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe we don’t need polling to tell us the status of this year’s presidential race.  Glenn Thrush’s new e-book, Obama’s Last Stand, paints the Obama campaign as feuding, fighting, and fumbling — the kind of dynamics one sees from dysfunctional organizations under serious pressure from competitors.  Two of the campaign’s public leaders barely speak to one another any longer, even though both speak constantly to the public — because their only alternative is a disaster:

President Barack Obama’s campaign team, celebrated four years ago for its exceptional cohesion and eyes-on-the-prize strategic focus, has been shadowed this time by a succession of political disagreements and personal rivalries that haunted the effort at the outset. …

The discord, these sources said, has on occasion flowed from Obama himself, who at repeated turns has made vocal his dissatisfaction with decisions made by his campaign team, with its messaging, with Vice President Joe Biden and with what Obama feared was clumsy coordination between his West Wing and reelection headquarters in Chicago.

The effort in Chicago, meanwhile, has been bedeviled by some of the drama Obama so deftly dodged in 2008 — including, at a critical point earlier this year, a spat that left senior operatives David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter barely on speaking terms — and growing doubts about the effectiveness of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Washington Post picks up on Thrush’s reporting about Wasserman Schultz, too.  Wonder why you haven’t seen Debbie Downer as much as one would expect to see the chair of the Democratic Party in the middle of a presidential election?  So did Wasserman Schultz herself, according to Thrush’s book — and Team Obama showed her data from a focus group that placed her dead last among all of the campaign’s surrogates.  Of course, DWS is Barack Obama’s selection for party leader, a choice that looks in retrospect a lot like his choice of running mate.

The Post picks up on some more of Obama’s brilliance:

* Obama asked a friend of Sen. Marco Rubio’s in February if the Florida senator was going to be the GOP vice-presidential nominee and added, “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”

* VP Joe Biden had advised Obama to tread delicately on the issue of gay marriage, not long before going public with his own support.

* Top campaign aides David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter got into a weeks-long fight over a morning show appearance.

This does not look like a campaign — or an administration — running smoothly and on track for success.  On the other hand, at least Obama has brought us together on one point: No one likes Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and no one wants to see her on television.  Maybe we can build on that commonality to solve some of our other national problems, too.

Politico interviews Thrush to talk more about the e-book:

The portrait this paints is one of increasing desperation, and increasingly personal attacks from the Hopenchange President. My favorite line is the Team Obama frustration over “an economy that just won’t cooperate.”  Funny, that’s what the economy thinks of the White House.

Update: Yeesh.  I wrote “2008″ in the headline; obviously, we’re talking about 2012.  I’ve corrected it.


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Between this Politico piece and the Newsweek cover page, I’d love to be a fly on the wall at the WH. Bet Barry and Mooch have some interesting things to say (was going to say “colorful” but no doubt that word is raaaacist even though no pun intended). I hope this is the beginning of the MSM floodgates opening up.

Maybe these publications are sending team O a message about his new People Magazine media strategy. As they say, don’t start a war with people who buy ink by the barrel.

Mayday on August 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

If this book is true quotes and stories, then this is the worst, classless administration ever. I knew that already, but this stuff just cements that reality.

The fact (if these are, in fact, “Facts”) that Barry wants to win re-election for NO OTHER REASON than to claim credit for some imminent economic turn-around, and not for the good of the country or the love of leading the most incredible nation in the world, just makes me sick to my stomach.

You can bet that EVERY ONE OF MY LIBERAL FRIENDS is going to get this e-book in their inbox very soon.

Obama sucks.

jwehman on August 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

“Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”

Obama and his are racists and bigots.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Of course, DWS is Barack Obama’s selection for party leader, a choice that looks in retrospect a lot like his choice of running mate.

They’d make the perfect nasty pair. And this is the degenerate azz who claims that he never divided. To Hades with him and his. He is a destructive goon.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

The Hope ‘n Change has morphed into Decency vs. Degeneracy

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Obama,Pelosi,Biden,Wasserman-schultz.

Sound like a law firm.

gerrym51 on August 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Maybe these publications are sending team O a message about his new People Magazine media strategy. As they say, don’t start a war with people who buy ink by the barrel.

Mayday on August 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Maybe they are hedging their bets in case of a Romney administration.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

…and growing doubts about the effectiveness of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Whatever could they possibly be talking about. He smug arrogance, avoidance of real questions, and shrill delivery are quite effective, thank you.

Of course, DWS is Barack Obama’s selection for party leader, a choice that looks in retrospect a lot like his choice of running mate.

Uh, yeah – the mere fact that he chose Blubbermouth-Schultz and Biden to be such important figures in his administration/campaign should tell you all you need to know about this frickin guy.

CycloneCDB on August 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM

What do you know, The Won is having an impromptu press conference. Surprise.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

dear leader lying to the wh press corps…tells him what he is talking about on the campaign trail….LIAR!!!!

all he does is badmouth mitt

cmsinaz on August 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Can I get me a corn popper here?

bayview on August 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Psaki was responding to a reporter who had noted that “Traditionally, Presidents kind of stay low during the opposition’s conventions” and asked, “Is he trying to steal some thunder next week with his own campaign trips?”

In all ways Obama has NO decency, the Degenerate in Chief.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Axelrod, Cutter and Wasserman-Schultz are doing a great job. Unfortunately, their job is to sell Sh!t-Flavored Ice Cream to the American Public.

They have gotten 40% of the American People saying they like the taste of Sh!t-Flavored Ice Cream, which is quite an accomplishment!

Haiku Guy on August 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I wouldn’t give them too much credit. That 40% are mainly made up of dimwits and people who would eat sh!t flavored anything provided it was free. ;)

kim roy on August 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Check out Drudge’s headline photo of Obama.

DrStock on August 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

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If he doesn’t knock it off, his face could “freeze” like that. : )

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Looks like his face DID freeze. Drudge has a new headline, but the same, great photo.

DrStock on August 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

What do you know, The Won is having an impromptu press conference. Surprise.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Only to take jabs at Todd Akin and try to tie him to Romney/Ryan.

UltimateBob on August 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Obviously the country is not nearly as ready to be micro-managed by rodents as they thought it was.

kbTexan on August 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM

“I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it,” – Obama

“I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.” – Obama

OxyCon on August 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Team of rivals. Indeed.

sandbagger on August 20, 2012 at 8:46 PM

New Black Panther President, First mooch, and DOJ! Their big nightstick is the lying media!

Marco on August 22, 2012 at 5:50 AM

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