WH: Obama will totally be an asset for Democrats this year

posted at 12:01 pm on March 17, 2014 by Guy Benson

Senior presidential adviser Dan Pfeiffer turned in a predictably hacktastic performance on Meet the Press yesterday, including this gem about President Obama’s standing among Democrats ahead of the 2014 elections:

“The president will be an asset in every way possible.”

Fact-check rating: Seventeen Pinocchios On Fire.  A string of prominent Democratic incumbents and candidates have pointedly declined to be seen with Obama on the campaign trail, even in blueish states.  Washington Post columnist and former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen surveys the landscape and explains why members of the president’s own party are mired in an Obama “trap:”

[Democrats] are trapped. If they follow the advice of those who say Democrats should double down and launch a full-throated defense of Obamacare, they lose independents. If they follow the advice of those who say Democrats should attack Obamacare, they despirit their base. And if they listen to those who argue they should walk the middle ground and talk about their plans to “fix” Obamacare — precisely the message that failed in Florida — they alienate everyone. They have no good options…Democrats are putting on a brave face, but behind the scenes they are panicking. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll last week found that 48 percent of Americans say they’re less likely to vote for a candidate who’s a solid supporter of the Obama administration, while just 26 percent say they’re more likely to vote for that candidate. That suggests that what happened in Florida could very well happen nationally this November.

Pfeiffer also claimed that Democrats will command an all-important advantage on jobs and the economy (Americans’ top priority) heading into the fall.  Nope.  A WaPo/ABC News survey released in late January showed a significant GOP lead on the economy, with Republicans outperforming their 2010 showing on the issue.  Fox News’ March poll pegged Obama’s approval ratings on job creation and economic stimulus at (33/59) and (35/56), respectively.  White House flacks can yammer on about Obama’s electoral prowess all they want, but how might they explain this phenomenon?

“The immediate fallout, I’m told, from that Florida special election: We have already seen a number of senior House Democrats announce their retirements. I’m told that in the next week to ten days to look for two — perhaps three — more, as Democrats decide, ‘we’re not going to win the majority back.’”

Democrats caught a break today with Minnesota’s Collin Peterson announcing that he’ll seek re-election after all, but John King’s sources suggest that several others are likely to pack it in. The FL-13 result was just too demoralizing. I’ll leave you with Republicans twisting the knife, challenging vulnerable Democrats to sign this letter addressed to their party’s greatest “asset:”


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Rigggghtttt….

ladyingray on March 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

“The president will be an asset in every way possible.”

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It’s at least half-true, he will be an ass in every way possible.

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Sure, he will be.

Some bad language, but listen to the end.

Best reminder.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

obama is a bushwa

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

It was a typo — they meant “basset,” which is true enough because the D’s are already hearing a lot of baying in the distance.

Mr. D on March 17, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Nice letter, but it needs to include a promise that he’ll make Obamacare the core subject of any speech he makes since DWS is totally convinced it’s a winner.

mankai on March 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

LilliPutin is king of the world, the little Napoleon of our times, because a lilliputian inhabits the WH.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

An anvil tied to your waist while in the ocean could be considered an asset, if your goal was to learn to breathe water. Lots of people have tried and failed, but that doesn’t mean it cannot be done. There’s a first time for everything!

Marcola on March 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

“The president will be an asset in every way possible.”…and those sanctions will really make a difference…

PatriotRider on March 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

May I have some of what they are drinking?

Tinker on March 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

sounds like they are pimping him out…IOW selling him.
RACISTS!!

dmacleo on March 17, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Robert Gibbs: “If the Democrats lose the Senate, turn out the lights, the party’s over”.

Hint to Gibbs and the Democrats: The “Party” was over the day ONLY DEMOCRATS crammed the government takeover of healthcare down the throats of an unwilling American public. The polling said NO. Every Republican in both branches of Congress said NO. Yet the Democrats said FY to the country, we’ll do it our way whether you like it or not. The 2010 “shellacking” was a shocking revelation to every House Democrat who chose to go against the will of the people on this issue. Now that over six million have had their health care plans cancelled, (by design under ACA*), every Democratic Senator that took part in the facilitation of this train wreck will be removed from their duties as representatives.

The Democrat’s narrative that Republicans have “no plans” and are not willing to help “fix” Obamacare is falling on deaf ears. First of all, you can’t “fix” a law of this magnitude when the President and HHS has waived or delayed three quarters of the law. You can’t “fix” a law that has been transformed by the Supreme Court into a TAX. You can’t “fix” a law that is written as a federal mandate, where again, by design, is meant to drive/force millions to sign up for federally designed policies that are neither affordable, nor maintains the doctor/patient relationship, (a false deception promised by our President and echoed by every Democrat who embraced this policy).

Turn out the lights.

Rovin on March 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Tonight, amid his usual barrage of criticism leveled at Vladimir Putin, he’s turning his fire on President Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Discussing President Carter’s foreign policy, he compliments the former President’s “Very tough stands on human rights.” President Obama, however, he gives lower marks. In response to another tweeter, he writes that when it comes to the crisis in Ukraine, “so far, Carter looks like Churchill in comparison.”

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

There’s an old curse: “May you achieve your heart’s desire.”

Looks like the LEFT is learning meaning of this particular curse the hard way.

thatsafactjack on March 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

If they follow the advice of those who say Democrats should double down and launch a full-throated defense of Obamacare, they lose independents. risk involuntary commitment

FIFY

rbj on March 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

What do you expect him to say? “My boss is an idiot.”

I still feel like there is plenty of time for things to change. Democrats have plenty of time to change the subject and release the “squirrels.”

TexasJack on March 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

What the Dem strategy will be (despite all the talk about embracing ACA)…

1. Artificially higher wages and more free stuff.
2. Rich Republicans hate women, seniors, gays, workers, blacks, Hispanics and sick people.

They know their base and how to motivate it.

mankai on March 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

… the meaning… ^^^

thatsafactjack on March 17, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Naturally, Plouffe was entirely unchallenged by the useful idiot David Gregory, host of ‘Meet the Propagandists’, as he spoke of his fantasy world….

Athos on March 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Correction – *Pfieffer

{Can’t keep Obama’s hacks straight anymore….}

Athos on March 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

An asset for whom? …….Vlad?

Tater Salad on March 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

WH: Obama will totally be an asset asshat for Democrats this year

Flange on March 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM

“The president will be an asset in every way possible.

To paraphrase Bill Clinton, maybe Obama can help carry the luggage.

Glenn Jericho on March 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM

“The president will be an asset in every way possible.”

Y’all misspelled asshat.

CantCureStupid on March 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM

There is an ongoing debate as to whether Obama is a genius who has implemented a devious plan, or an ill-educated incompetent, ignorant of even elementary knowledge, guided by clueless academics and fanatics. I side with the latter.

pat on March 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

asset or asshat did spell check do them in?

meci on March 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Totally misread the headline. It’s asset.

I thought it said asshat.

Jomama on March 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

The stench of this dead Prezie is getting to be too much.

nobama1267 on March 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

There’s an old curse: “May you achieve your heart’s desire.”

Looks like the LEFT is learning the meaning of this particular curse the hard way.

thatsafactjack on March 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Unfortunately so do we all, and the world too. But, they cheered for this oaf. Now they got him!

To bring such a thuggish narcissistic fool, once, but then to keep him?…unpardonable. The world deserves him, in full.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Only in the Obama administration can someone as delusional as Pfeiffer rise to the position of senior presidential adviser.

pwrefugee on March 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Senior presidential adviser Dan Pfeiffer turned in a predictably hacktastic performance on Meet the Press yesterday

Oh, don’t sell the boy short.

I would call that performance superbly hacktastic…

JohnGalt23 on March 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

WH: Obama will totally be an asset for Democrats this year

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

…he’ll be campaigning…that’s for sure!
…six years and counting!

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

^^^^^

asset or asshat did spell check do them in?

meci on March 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Great minds and all that.

Jomama on March 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

In the future, by common understanding, the phrase “most [insert derogatory word here] since Neville Chamberlain” will have been be replaced by “most [insert derogatory word here] since Obama”.

Fenris on March 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Obama will totally be an asset for Democrats this year

redguy on March 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Is a blubbering mess an asset? Because, after Putin gets done with him, that is what he will be.

Blake on March 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Fenris on March 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Let’s not forget that every day, Jimmy Carter sends a ‘Thank You’ note to Barack Obama….

Athos on March 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Let’s not forget that every day, Jimmy Carter sends a ‘Thank You’ note to Barack Obama….

Athos on March 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

More incompetent than Carter, more corrupt than Nixon. It’s quite the combo.

Fenris on March 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’

- President Barack Obama, January 2010, March 2014

Resist We Much on March 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Happy St. Pat’s Day!

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Obama will totally be an asset for Democrats this year

redguy on March 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

So much so, the party may seriously consider changing its symbolic mascot.

hawkeye54 on March 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Dems in distress

Due to the inability of the president and congressional Democrats to move their agenda through Congress, the president is having to govern through executive order and revising federal regulations.

Republicans have latched on to this to make the case around the country that Obama is a dictator and an imperial president. But governing through executive order isn’t a sign of strength. It’s a sign of weakness.

And it’s that weakness that has Democrats scared to death.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

All we need now is for Jim Messina to come out
saying all those boys he “mentors” are ready to
help Obama…

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’

- President Barack Obama, January 2010, March 2014

Resist We Much on March 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Yup, and we’ve got him for at least another 2-1/2 years unless something drastic is done soon to change that.

hawkeye54 on March 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

So much so, the party may seriously consider changing its symbolic mascot.

hawkeye54 on March 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

He is the Opiate of the asses.

Flange on March 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Don’t underestimate the stupidity of the leftists. I know many who believe the democrats have done nothing wrong. Don’t forget, the left have that magical ability to find ballots, where before, none existed. There are still many believers of the commie way.

birdwatcher on March 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

We can laugh, but this is a great example of propaganda at work. Dems say this because they know most of the media will go along with it and just report it verbatim, govt and media putting the talking points out just like North Korea. Problem dems and the media have is America is still a somewhat free country with access to other info than just the mainstream media, but they’re working on that too.

clearbluesky on March 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM

obama is poison to the D-rats

And these hypocritical latrine rats rant against the Koch Brothers…

But on Capitol Hill, Democrats are furious that the same major contributors who enabled Mr. Obama and allied outside groups to raise over $1 billion for his re-election in 2012 are not rallying to ensure the president does not face a Congress controlled entirely by Republicans for his final two years.

Democrats say that the party needs more donors with the means of the California billionaire Thomas F. Steyer, who is helping candidates who support addressing climate change, to protect candidates who backed the health law.

“I’m not in the super PAC business, but we need somebody like a Steyer to get in the fight on the Affordable Care Act,” said Representative John Yarmuth of Kentucky. Democrats, he said, are “getting beat to death.”

Koch Brothers contributing = bad

Soros and the likes contributin = glorious

All of you hypocrites, yes you Harry Reid too, suffocate, from your dual standards.

Yes, you E.J. Dionne too.

This is not just a tactical effort to turn tens of millions of dollars in negative advertising into a boomerang by encouraging voters to ask why the ads are appearing in the first place. It is also about drawing a sharp line between the interests and policy goals of those fronting that money and the rest of us. And by the way, Republicans denouncing Reid were perfectly happy back in the day to condemn George Soros for his spending on behalf of liberals.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I might be able to believe that Democrats will get pummeled except that the president got elected again less than two years ago and I figured surely the American people would t be dumb enough to elect him again. But they did. I don’t figure they’re smart enough to put the Democrats out this election cycle either. Not enough to make a difference. And they’ll certainly forget everything when they pull the lever for Hillary.
Not optimistic at all about the voting electorate. Even with Obamacare around their necks the American people are still stupid enough to think it can be fixed. We’re hopelessly done.

americanmama on March 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Soros and the likes contributin contribution = glorious

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

It’s what the Dems do and believe; if they say it out loud then it will be so, or it will happen, or it is.

srdem65 on March 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

“The president will be an asset in every way possible.”

I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.

sadatoni on March 17, 2014 at 12:43 PM

americanmama on March 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Same here, i think we’ve reached that point where 51% has figured out they can live off the other 49% forever, that means a permanent dem majority. Only way to stop it is to take away governments power to confiscate money.

clearbluesky on March 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Goes unchallenged

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

“The president will be an asset in every way possible.”

Evidently The Choom Gang is alive and well in the White House.

GarandFan on March 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Yah, a pain in the asset.

nobama1267 on March 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Evidently The Choom Gang is alive and well in the White House.

GarandFan on March 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I wonder if someone in Colorado or Washington has decided to start marketing their legal weed as ‘Hope and Change’?

The brand most liked by the WH Staff….

Athos on March 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM

i think we’ve reached that point where 51% has figured out they can live off the other 49% forever, that means a permanent dem majority. Only way to stop it is to take away governments power to confiscate money.

We HAVE reached that point, and our politicians have figured that out too.

hawkeye54 on March 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Is there no limit to what these Baghdad Bobettes expect us to believe?

antipc on March 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

They’re delusional and this declaration proves that fact.

rplat on March 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Don’t underestimate the stupiditycraftiness of the leftists. I know many who believe the democrats have done nothing wrong. Don’t forget, the left have that magical ability to find ballots, where before, none existed. There are still many believers of the commie way.

birdwatcher on March 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

The Dems know their only chance is voter fraud, so this is just setting the stage. After all, how would it look if the Dems were pessimistic about their chances and then surprise! squeaked out the victories they needed?

ncinca on March 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

What scares me is that Obama and his merry band of idiots really do believe this. We have an executive that is delusional. He truly does believe he is doing a great job or at worst a solid B+. Reality and fact have no place in his world.

jukin3 on March 17, 2014 at 1:21 PM


WH: Obama will totally be an asset for Democrats this year

Uhhh. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Good one.

HomeoftheBrave on March 17, 2014 at 1:23 PM

D-rats freak out

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 1:27 PM

On one hand, it’s the turnout argument, that Republicans will be excited about turning out in November and Democrats won’t. But in a larger sense, Dionne’s message is that Democrats need to change their attitude, and quickly. Which, of course, is like telling someone suffering from depression to get over it. The problem runs a little deeper than that.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM

“The president will be an asset in every way possible.”

Pfeiffer missed it by two letters.

Happy Nomad on March 17, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Y’all are missing the point here. In fact, these are very slick weasel-words:

“The president will be an asset in every way possible.”

So, for instance, it is possible for Obama to be an asset to Mary Landrieu by . . .

- staying at least 1000 miles away from Louisiana

- directing the IRS to audit every single Republican in Louisiana

- telling the NYT that Landrieu “threatened to gut me with a rusty butter-knife for botching ObamaCare”

Feel free to add your own entries to the list.

Splashman on March 17, 2014 at 1:40 PM

If anything, Republicans will probably pull out the knife and dress the wound.

bhawknine on March 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Don’t underestimate the stupidity craftiness of the leftists. I know many who believe the democrats have done nothing wrong. Don’t forget, the left have that magical ability to find ballots, where before, none existed. There are still many believers of the commie way.

birdwatcher on March 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

The Dems know their only chance is voter fraud, so this is just setting the stage. After all, how would it look if the Dems were pessimistic about their chances and then surprise! squeaked out the victories they needed?

ncinca on March 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Yep; in Minnesota they demonstrated how to steal a Senate seat. So much hangs on the Senate in this election that the Democratics will push voter fraud as far as they need to, because they have Eric Holder.

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Obama will be Democrats’ biggest asset in 2015, when he vetoes all the bills passed by a Republican Congress.

Steve Z on March 17, 2014 at 2:02 PM

“The president will be an asset in every way possible.”

Right. And global warming is the number one issue on the mind of Americans. They can’t wait to fork over more of their money in the form of a tax on air – or carbon dioxide.
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TarheelBen on March 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

All out, Marry Landrieu foremost.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 2:06 PM

You keep thinking that, bucko. The ease in which these guys buy their own BS is amazing.

307wolverine on March 17, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Liberal socialists have always lived in fantasy land, nothing new there. Liars will lie, the sun rises every day, communists thrive on destruction.

The truth always catches up no matter how hard you avoid acknowledging it.

Diluculo on March 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM

This goes to confirm the “common knowledge” that Obama can’t stand having anyone smarter than himself around, he feels intimidated. Those cabinet officials who rarely get to see him would be those he suspects are smarter.

So he surrounds himself with people not so bright, yes-men and sycophants all, so that he is always “the smartest guy in the room.”

This leads him to appoint “senior advisers” like Pfeiffer. Why else would you want someone that clueless as an “adviser”?

Adjoran on March 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Goes unchallenged

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I need a brainscrub after reading through that. Weird world where their view is that David Gregory has too much conservative in him.

Also,

Koch Brothers contributing = bad

Soros and the likes contributin = glorious

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Maybe we just need more “contributin”, that new age version of contributing. Then it would be okay?

Effay5 on March 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Yeah, thats the ticket!

neyney on March 17, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Maybe we just need more “contributin”, that new age version of contributing. Then it would be okay?

Effay5 on March 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Soros and the likes contributin contribution = glorious

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Did you see this?

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Koch Brothers contributing = bad

Soros and the likes contributing = glorious

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

It’s almost like the Democratics admire George Soros for being an unrepentant Nazi stooge during World War II. After John F’n Kerry’s statement on the nature of Israel, you have to wonder.

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

2009: Boy, Obama’s sticking it to those wingnuts now, huh?

2010: Ha! It’s the law! Go Obama! Eat it, wingnuts!

2011: He’s untouchable! Can’t pin a thing on him!

2012: Mitt Romney? Hahahahaha, stupid wingnuts!

2013: Um, er, yes, sure, there’s been a few problems…

2014: Obama who? Never heard of him. I don’t know him! Chicago cock crows three times

J_Crater on March 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Hm, Barack H. Obama appears to be our first woman president. All he can do is try to bitch slap Putin; and, he pulled his slap.

{+_+}

herself on March 18, 2014 at 3:38 AM