Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday after a day of midterm voting that Democrats are no doubt looking to forget. While some races have yet to be officially decided, both liberals and conservatives are now reviewing their respective strategies with the 2016 election in mind.
Late Tuesday night, Sen. Harry Reid’s chief of staff openly blasted President Obama in an interview with the Washington Post. David Krone accused the President’s political team of not being “up to speed” and not being “up to par doing what needed to get done.”
Specifically, Krone cited a meeting that occurred early in March, where Senate leaders pleaded with the President for help. Apparently, they ultimately did not get what they were hoping for.
“We were never going to get on the same page,” he told the Post. “We were beating our heads against the wall.”
This election cycle has been mired with Democrats clearly distancing themselves from the Obama administration and the President's glitchy rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
Krone echoed many Democrats' growing frustration.
“The president’s approval rating is barely 40 percent,” Krone told the Post. “What else more is there to say? . . . He wasn’t going to play well in North Carolina or Iowa or New Hampshire. I’m sorry. It doesn’t mean that the message was bad, but sometimes the messenger isn’t good.”
A White House official responded to Krone by telling the Washington Post that Sen. Reid’s team was guilty of “complicating things” when it came to the President's ability to work with the Senate.
Krone replied to this by merely saying that the Obama Administration “likes to cast aspersions and point fingers at us.”
Source: Washington Post / Photo Credit: Associated Press