Congressional Democrats Complain Obama Campaign Too Insular

Some Democrats in Congress have begun to complain privately that Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is too uncooperative and appears to be ignoring the larger strategy for a more broad Democratic victory this November.

“They think they know what’s right and everyone else is wrong on everything,” commented a senior Senate Democratic aide. 

Grievances as described by Democratics include:

• Obama has done little fundraising for Democratic candidates until recently, and only at the urging of the Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

• Obama has sometimes appeared in members’ districts with no advance notice to lawmakers, resulting in lost opportunities for those Democrats to score points by appearing alongside him

• The Obama campaign has not coordinated it’s message or strategy against McCain very well with congressional Democrats, so when they are asked to comment, many times they don’t know what to say.

This situation seems to be the complete opposite when it comes to the Republicans. As usual, the GOP is closely aligned with McCain at the national and state level, while making sure conservative radio pundits get the propaganda out in unison.

To their credit, the Obama campaign has already moved to address some of these issues.

Phil Schiliro, former chief of staff to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), has been appointed as Obama’s Capitol Hill liaison. However, the Obama camp must make the mistake of allowing confidence to be taken for arrogance. The last thing Obama needs is for Republicans to point to this and re-inflate the whole ‘elitist’ thing again.

That is of course if you buy the fact that relatives of elitists live in huts on the African plains.

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