Obama Operatives Begin Turning on Each Other

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Do you know what this ObamaCare mess needs? More circular firing squad.

Former administration officials and Democratic operatives say President Obama is ill-served by his current White House staff and must reboot his second term team following the disastrous ObamaCare rollout.

First-term insiders argue the White House’s weakness was defined by a lack of preparedness, messaging blunders and failure to keep the president informed.

They say Obama’s team lacks depth after the departures of longtime advisers David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Robert Gibbs and Patrick Gaspard, and suggest new people must be brought on.

“You basically have [White House senior adviser Dan] Pfeiffer and [deputy chief of staff] Rob Nabors running the show politically, and that’s it,” one former administration official said.

In their place are a host of officials, including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, senior adviser David Simas, Pfeiffer and Nabors, all of whom have been involved in trying to navigate a political storm first triggered by the launch of a website that was not ready.

There’s no denying that it’s amateur hour out there. McDonough was a CAP stooge rolled out to fill half a dozen roles none of which he appears to have any particular aptitude for.  Pfeiffer’s best skills are sneering and more sneering.

But that’s really typical. Axelrod and Plouffe were experienced operators, but let’s not pretend that the ridiculous Gibbs had anything to bring to the table. Or that the same arrogance wouldn’t have led to the same results.

On Axelrod’s watch, Obama gave a speech defending a violent racist, said enough stupid things to pack an encyclopedia, including talking openly about wealth redistribution. They didn’t fix anything. The media did. The media is slightly less eager to fix things now. Though it’s still doing its part. But mostly the issue is that people have been hit in their pocketbooks now.

The first former official singled out Pfeiffer for criticism in the handling of that blunder, which led to repeated apologies by Obama as the White House struggled with the story.

“The thing that I hold Pfeiffer accountable for is, ‘If you like your plan, you can keep it,’ ” the former official said.

“I don’t know where the breakdown occurred on that, but it’s Obama’s ‘no new taxes’ moment,” the official said, referring to the broken promise that is widely seen as having cost President George H.W. Bush a second term.

The official said it was “hard to be polite” about the rollout: “It still escapes me how they f—ed up this badly on the president’s and the Democratic Party’s biggest legacy item in 20 years.”

So throw Pfeiffer under the bus. But let’s not pretend that there was a stable of geniuses that could have averted this. Team Obama was always arrogant and heedless of consequences. It may have just run out of road.

  • Veracious_one

    They just figured it out….Bush is no longer President…

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    You all kept admiring the emperor’s new clothes. This is YOUR mess and it’s time to pay the piper.

  • A Z

    “White House chief of staff Denis McDonough … was a CAP stooge ”

    Mark Belligham, who was subbing for Rush, did a segment on McDonough and how unlike previous chiefs of staff, he brought no gravitas or political accomplishments to the job.

    Now I know why McDonough is a nobody. They dug him up in CAP? Really?

  • NJK

    When I look at this photo, I see gangsters. Someone needs to photo shop submachine guns and put it in their hands.

  • Liberty One

    The real president is Valerie Jarrett and her “advisor” Herr George Soros.

  • Liberty One

    The real president is Valerie Jarrett and her “advisor” Herr George Soros.

  • v

    When I look at this photo I don’t see gangsters, I see incompetent and overpaid buffoons. Gangsters do a better job at their profession.

  • mickey

    I’m hoping that some of the good, sensible Democrats will wake up to what Obama is doing to the U.S. All the Dems cannot be against their country. If so we are then lost, as the GOP cannot/willnot do anything to stop Obama. I do blame the GOP for letting Obama get this far along on his quest to change America for the worse. Come 2014, I will scrutinize more closely just who I pick to stay in office any longer, anybody that has a trace of siding with Obama in any way, IS OUT. I know that congress doesn’t want term limits/mandatory retirement, but we the people should demand that it shows up on this next ballot, we cannot let congress keep on rolling all over us. I suggest 2 terms, of 4 years ea. and mandatory retirement of 70, no Exceptions.