How did the Democratic activists react to the Obama administration tossing Creigh Deeds under the bus today with a series of anonymous quotes from inside the White House?  David “Mudcat” Saunders, a well-known Democratic veteran, had no problem going on the record with CNN for a profanity-laced response.  Saunders called the attack “bulls**t” and a “g*****n shame” (via Gary Gross):

David “Mudcat” Saunders, who gained political fame helping Democrat Mark Warner reach out to rural voters during Warner’s successful 2001 gubernatorial bid, told CNN Friday that trying to blame Deeds is “bulls**t” when Democrats around the country are “just tired of politics.”

“The Democrats right now are a real bruised brand right now where I am,” said Saunders, who lives near Roanoke. “There was so much energy put into last year’s race, everybody’s just burned out. You can’t [get] anybody fired up.” …

“It’s a goddamn shame when our center of government, the White House, won’t talk on the record. I discount all of it,” Saunders said of the Post article. “It’s a lack of courage. And it goes against transparency that Obama told us last year was going to come out of the White House. Anybody who makes anonymous quotes out of the White House should be fired.”

That lack of courage appears to be an emerging theme at this White House.  They’re afraid of Fox News, they’re afraid of Congress on health-care reform, and they at least appear afraid to make a decision on strategy in Afghanistan two months after getting Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s report.  They’re spending their time managing the media rather than leading and governing.

Now that they’ve undermined Deeds two weeks before the election, we may start seeing them becoming afraid of their own base.  They certainly made a momentary opponent of Mudcat, who summed up this administration more succinctly than some Republicans we know.