Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the Democratic majority in the Senate was “definitely, absolutely” in danger of being lost — minutes after key Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer declared his party would maintain control.
Gibbs appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” speaking to David Gregory as part of a larger panel including the New York Times’ Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan. She noted that many Democrats on Capitol Hill are wondering why the White House isn’t doing more to help them win campaigns in the fall.
“Democrats are saying, ‘Where’s the cavalry?’” she said. “‘Who’s going to rescue us?’ Obama tends to see himself as sort of a singular figure in American politics, and he got himself elected very impressively.”
“But has he built a party, does he care about these races?” she continued. “And it seems like Democrats are saying that he doesn’t.”
“Well, I think that’s going to be the difference,” Gibbs agreed. “If he doesn’t get more involved in raising money and making this a choice, as Dan Pfeiffer said, you lose the Senate. And if you lose the Senate, turn off the lights because the party’s over.” (RELATED: Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer declares Dems ‘will keep the Senate’ in 2014)
“Is the Senate in danger?” Gregory asked.
“Definitely. Absolutely,” Gibbs admitted.
“Why didn’t Dan Pfeiffer say that?” Gregory cracked.
“Honestly, [you] can only go so far in Washington when you’re employed,” Gibbs joked. “As a consultant, I can say all these things now. But there’s no doubt.”
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