White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today said he was “confident” Democrats will retain control of both houses of Congress.
Gibbs, you may remember, got into hot water a few weeks back with fellow Democrats for stating the obvious – that Democrats might lose. But press secretaries, of course, are paid not to state the obvious, when the obvious sounds bad.
Buts Gibbs threw up a caveat today, one that he’s offered before, which essentially suggests that the American people are idiots. As he did after Scott Brown was elected in Massachusetts early this year, Gibbs proposed that Americans are angry at their circumstances, and the same anger that elected President Obama might now work against him.
I’ve said this on a number of occasions, in all honesty, for about two years. There is — there was two years ago, not just because of the collapse of something like Lehman two years ago today, there was a frustration in the electorate about where we were economically. That frustration I think in many ways is still in the electorate.
It was — I spoke about this after Massachusetts. I think that same type of frustration was there and I have no doubt that it continues today.
We’ll see what that produces in November. I remain confident, as I’ve said, that on Election Night we’ll retain control of both the House and the Senate. But I don’t think anybody would tell you that there’s not a frustration particularly based on what has happened economically and where we are in that recovery.
The implication of the statement is that angry Americans just vote to throw the bums out, and that they are not really thinking through policies. They’re just mad as Hell, so they vote for change.
This, however is not really what guides people’s votes.
The public is specifically unhappy, as polls consistently show, with the policies Obama has put in place. If they vote to throw Democrats out, it won’t be simply out of some mindless frustration stemming over the crummy economy. It will be because they don’t like things like health reform, the stimulus, and the deficit – that they specifically don’t like Obama’s solutions.
And as long as the White House doesn’t recognize this, they’ve got a problem.