White House Insider: " Temporary Insanity "
Has the Democratic Party lost its mind? The Insider says yes – and it’s going to get much worse before it gets better.
Author’s Note: This is our first interview with the White House Insider following the Republican Party’s decisive landslide victory in the 2010 Midterm Elections. What follows is Part One of this most recent interview:
So how busy are you these days? Much more than I thought I would be when I took the job. I went in as an adviser and now am right back to a full time operation. It’s fun, challenging, but at my age, I admit it takes it out of me more than it used to. I like working with good people though, and this campaign is made up of good people. Good Democrats.
So your campaign is still going? It didn’t end last week? (Eyebrows raise – smiles) Ah, you’re getting better at this aren’t you? Let’s just say I’m still busy and leave it at that, ok? Move on to the election, the party, whatever. Enough about my current employment status.
Sure-sure. How about some feedback on the midterms? Last time we talked you said the Democrats were going to lose up to 60 seats. It was more than that. A pretty tough night for Democrats? Do you think? Christ, it was about as bad a night as it could possibly be. Yes, I said we would lose up to 60 seats. I think at last count it was…65? That is almost too much to comprehend. I knew things were going to be bad for us, but…this was…deplorable. The party is in such a mess right now. My god…it’s just so bad. So incredibly bad.
Deplorable? Deplorable that the Democrats lost or that the Republicans won? Both! It didn’t have to be like this – that is what is so sickening about it all. Roll it back to early 2009. We had such an opportunity. With just a little bit more legislative moderation, a more unified tone, some damn common sense – we…the Democratic Party just pissed it all away. Flushed it gone. The president strutted around like some political peacock, the Congressional leadership basically told the opposition to go to hell – numerous times. Attack after attack on the business community…did they really think the American people were going to allow them to get away with mistake after mistake after mistake? Yeah, it’s deplorable the Republicans won so decisively, and it’s deplorable the Democrats made it so easy for them to do so.
When you were still going to and from the White House, how strongly did you voice concerns about the direction the party was taking back then? (Pause) Hmmm…I guess not as much as I could have, or maybe should have…but I don’t think I was in a position to have been heard much. I had the ear of someone very high up in the team, we go back many years but…even they were being marginalized within that first year. It was very odd, very sophomoric how the White House so quickly circled the wagons inside its own walls. And as for the president, well, I’ve already told you about him. He was as detached and unfocused an executive figure as I have ever seen. In the Obama White House, the insane are running the asylum. And I’m only half joking…
This person you had the ear of – the one who was very high up, are they still at the White House? No.
Are you still in contact with them? Yes – but that’s enough. Stop right there. You’re getting too cute with this. Stop asking these kinds of questions, ok? Move on. How about we get back to talking about the election?
Ok…so do you think the president is going to pull a Clinton and veer back to the middle of the political road? (shakes head) I have said it many times – Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton. He doesn’t have Clinton’s intellect, Clinton’s political know-how, or Clinton’s common sense. Barack Obama is too self involved, too bored of details, too lazy. But even more important, Barack Obama doesn’t have the people around him who will allow a turn toward the political middle. Many of the moderates in the Democratic Party were taken out with this election. What is left are the far left people – the -expletive- “Progressives” if you will. They are still in denial. Never before has such a group of like minded dumb -expletives- inhabited the halls of the United States government.
(Laughs) That was pretty good – that last quote is a keeper. Thought you’d like that.
So there’s no hope for the party right now? Hope? That’s a tough commodity to come by for the hopeless. Look, the Democratic Party is suffering from temporary insanity right now. It’s a complete cluster-expletive- these days. They are walking around clueless. And what does the president do? The supposed leader of the country, and of course the Democratic Party? What does he do after losing the most seats in the House in 70 years? Why he goes on a working vacation to the Far East. Watching the Democratic Party these days…I don’t know if it’s tragedy or a comedy, it’s really getting hard to tell. What are these people… (trails off)
I want to ask you about Nancy Pelosi. You know people in her office, right? Maybe. I hear things, yeah.
You have said more than once that she is finished as Speaker. Now she has come out and declared her intent to be Minority Leader. Have you been proven wrong? Wrong? Is she going to remain on as Speaker of the House? No, she is not. The Democrats lost. I don’t think I said anything specifically about her being Minority Leader, or not much at any rate. But—-
(Interrupts) So will Nancy Pelosi be the minority leader in the House? Is she staying on as a member of Congress, because that would seem to contradict what you were telling me earlier…No. No I don’t think she is going to be Minority Leader. She doesn’t have the backing. That’s the word I have received from many different sources, including members of Congress. What Nancy Pelosi is doing now is trying to save face. It is desperate…and well, kind of pathetic too. I will say this with absolute certainty – if she does not get the minority leader position, she is leaving Congress. She has said that directly to members of her caucus.
Really? So she is holding that over people – that if they don’t support her as Minority Leader she is going to quit Congress? Yeah – that is exactly what she is doing. And that is where the real pathetic part comes in…she refuses to accept the fact that she is not very well liked by members of her own party, to say nothing of course by the White House. If the Democrats actually make Pelosi the Minority Leader I will be totally stunned. It would be a mistake of monumental proportions. That’s exactly why Republican operatives are actually pushing to make it happen now. It would be a boon to the Republicans. And if I were on their side I would be doing the exact same thing…
What? Republicans are actually pushing to help make Pelosi Minority Leader? Oh yeah. They are laughing their -expletive- asses off at Pelosi declaring her intent to gain the position. Imagine two more years of anti-Pelosi material heading into the presidential election cycle? How the Democrats could allow such a thing is just…like I said, the party is suffering from temporary insanity. I’m just hoping it doesn’t become terminal. it’s going to get much worse before it gets any better.
So what about the coming scandal that you have stated earlier is going to be hitting the White House? What about it?
Is it still out there? Is it still developing? Stupid question…sorry, but – yeah of course it’s still out there. I would let you know if I heard different. There have been a few more media reports circling the situation. As is most often the case, one investigation will open up another and then the snowball takes off down the hill. That is starting to happen now. It’s big. It’s messy. And if it gets back to the White House, it will be a very significant problem for the administration. It is my understanding they are already working very hard to distance the president. That is what always happens, but once it is happening, it also confirms that there really is an issue out there.
So this thing – this “scandal”, might not actually reach the president? I think it will, and so do others aware of the general situation, but a White House affords a lot of protection. The Obama White House is currently utilizing all of those protective powers at the moment – that is what signaled to me that this was legit. That is when I realized this scandal was really out there and gathering momentum. When certain figures in an administration go into action…the campaign to protect the president from the situation becomes known.
So the Republicans are aware of the situation? Oh yeah. At least certain members are, and likely some who have very specific details. It is no casual thing to have incoming members of a new Republican House majority telling the media that the White House needs to make certain it doesn’t start shredding documents…well, that’s about as bold a declaration as one makes in this town. Those Republicans are making it clear to the Obama White House that they know something – and are willing to go after them over it. I just don’t think President Obama fully understands or appreciates what is going to be coming at him in 2011. The scrutiny and the power that a Republican Congress now holds over him is going to be immense. I’m not exaggerating when I say it might very well break this president.
Break the president? Yeah. President Obama is already trying to balance on a very thin edge. His confidence is shattered. His lack of experience fully realized. Staff have abandoned him – or were forced out. Some in the media are actually starting to question him. The big money donors for the party are starting to reconsider their investment. The American voters rejected his agenda by historical proportions. Nancy Pelosi continues to pose a threat both as a national figure that the vast majority of Americans despise, as well as for what she knows regarding certain White House dealings…and now a Congress with the authority to demand answers? To hold investigations? Does anyone really think this president has the strength to endure this kind of political environment?
PART TWO COMING SOON: MORE ON THE CLINTONS, THE LOOMING BATTLE OVER TAXES, ADMINISTRATION INFIGHTING, BIRTH CERTIFICATE QUESTION, AND THE IMPENDING WHITE HOUSE SCANDAL…
REFERENCE: The Ulsterman Report: White House Insider Review