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Steve Hildebrand: 'Real shot' Democrats will get 'slaughtered'

One of President Obama's top campaign advisers told CNN that Democrats should be worried about this year's midterm elections.

"I think that there is a real shot we are going to get slaughtered in elections this fall if we aren't leading the efforts to reform Washington," Steve Hildebrand said Wednesday. "We campaigned in '06 and '08, and if voters don't see that change, we haven't lived up to that promise."

Hildebrand was Obama's deputy national campaign director and one of the principal architects the candidate's field operation. After the election he went back to private consulting.

By Rachel Weiner  |  March 11, 2010; 10:53 AM ET
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Yes, losing seats during a prez's first term is normal. Getting slaughtered is not. But good luck anyway. Ain't goung to be pretty.

Posted by: donchew1 | March 18, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's just a pro gridlock vote.. not really anti-Obama.

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 13, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Hildebrand is a bedwetter as Plouffe would say. Probably why he was fired during the campaign. Curious to know how he thinks this is at all helpful if he is truly concerned. Losing seats is a normal occurence in a prez 1st term.

Posted by: carolerae48 | March 12, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

I find it completely likely (and deserved) if Democrat's are blown out of office this coming election. First, let me say, I am a Democratic campaign worker. I spent countless hours working for Obama and our new U.S. Senator, Jeff Merley. To say I am disappointed with them both, is an understatement. To say I am disappointed with the entire Democratic party is a gross understatement! Instead of working on JOBS, ending outsourcing, ending the use of jobs as tokens to buy foreign policy support, ending guest worker visas like the H1-B and L-1, they screwed around with healthcare "reform", they jumped into the cesspool that are the cultural wars. They alienated not just the American people, but most of the core of the party! And, you've got to find it interesting, though, that the very people who sidetracked the party are the same fools that spout nonsense and casually toss off insults here. Where were these twits when the election was being fought and won by we from the core? Most of them were threatening to stay home because Hillary wasn't the nominee or because Obama wasn't pro Gay marriage or didn't want to ban private ownership of handguns. They sure came out of the woodwork after, though, and they got the party off track an, in the end, they caused themselves more harm than they can ever imagine, because actual liberals, actual Democrat's, are flat out furious with them, with the party, and we mean to get even by allowing, encouraging!, the Republican's to undo every #$(*@#$ piece of nonsense legislation that has been passed in their aid. This is war and we mean to rip the hell out of the party and shove you radical leftist fools off the cliff you created.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 11, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

The democratic leadership has certainly painted itself into an interesting corner.
If they use backroom deals and parliamentary tricks to pass reform, voters will punish them for embracing the old Washington ways.
If they don't pass reform, voters will punish them for getting nothing done.
There is only one way for dems to solve this dilemma: Come out with a more reasonable and affordable reform plan. One that focuses on ending consumer abuse by insurers, and gets coverage to the most desperate.
This moderate approach would probably pick up some republican support, and could be sold as the opening salvo in health reform, with cost-reduction measures to come after November.
This, I believe, voters could accept. And it would end this incredibly divisive and destructive debate.

Posted by: mtpeaks | March 11, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

As I am famously known for saying, "The November results will probably be the outcome of the election". Regardless of the results I think it fair to say that transparency will be the the greatest benefactor. Are we serious about our future or not?

Posted by: hoser3 | March 11, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

This is the propaganda that the GOP and their teabagger minion want to get out in the public. Those who stand to gain from HCR will vote in record numbers to keep a democrat majority in both houses of Congress, if HCR is passed.


Posted by: demtse | March 11, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

simple solution... vote 3rd party.

Posted by: millionea7 | March 11, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

swatkins1, if queers are your inspiration, I can only imagine your recreation. Anyway, how the heck did we get off on queers? The important thing is to kick the Trotskyites out of power.

Posted by: jhr1 | March 11, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

It would be a welcome development for the goblins to be slaughtered, except for the fact that it would be trolls doing the slaughtering and resuming power. We keep hoping that there is a lesser of two evils; unfortunately, the deciding factor is always which one is freshest in our minds.

Posted by: 1ofamillion | March 11, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Every hypocritical closet homosexual conservative who has come out of the closet in recent years is our inspiration, jhr1, ronjaboy, e1313rut, and greatgran. The hits just keep on coming!

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 11, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Change! The surveys I've taken always ask how happy we are with Congress. We say "No very happy" or something like that. Nobody asks the question which is the driver to all of this: WHY? Answer: lack of first word.

If our Democratic legislators get off their collective duff, we have a shot of increasing the majority. The reason we saw a turnover in '94 was a lack of that. Healthcare and other issues DIDN'T get done. Other issues got equivocated. Employers fire employees who don't get things done. Ergo...

Posted by: BobfromLI | March 11, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

With so many Obama homosexuals in the democrat party and current government how could anyone complain or file an ethics charge against Massa..

Rahm Emmanuel did much worse than Massa and they give him a pass...Has the democrat insanity rubbed off on everyone???

Posted by: e1313ruth
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Wow, what a filthy bigot! Typical trashy right wing filth!!c

Posted by: alamo2 | March 11, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Slaughtered is not the word. They will be fortunate if the party does not go extinct like the dinosaurs. Funny how they let these radicals hijack the party. This is shameful how they are pushing this horrific terrible expensive invasive health care take over by the Feds no one wants. People are sick of the deaf arrogant politicians. Go ahead and vote for this bill but you are toast if you do. We are angry tired and mad at this radical agenda. We are tired of the bribes, slimy deals, back room deals, special interest payoffs, lies, double talk and hiding of bills. This must stop. Pass this garbage of a bill that is not true cost reform and you are history. And as for me and my family, good riddance and it cannot be soon enough. Please take your radical President with you to find those phony jobs from Stimulus I.

Posted by: greatgran1 | March 11, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

TO: e1313ruth who wrote:
“With so many Obama homosexuals in the democrat party and current government how could anyone complain or file an ethics charge against Massa..
Rahm Emmanuel did much worse than Massa and they give him a pass...Has the democrat insanity rubbed off on everyone?”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^

If it weren’t for non-stop lies, Republifreaks wouldn’t have a thing to say.

Posted by: lindalovejones | March 11, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how many people say, with strong conviction, that although their party may have some sleazey members, the other party (with whom they coincidentally disagree politically) has more. A Republican will point at Massa and ignore Senators Ensign and Vitter, and California state senator Ashburn, a defender of family values arrested for DUI leaving a gay nightclub. Democrats will just as quickly do the reverse. How about opposing all sleaze bags, even if we disagree with them politically?

Posted by: Sutter | March 11, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

With so many Obama homosexuals in the democrat party and current government how could anyone complain or file an ethics charge against Massa..

Rahm Emmanuel did much worse than Massa and they give him a pass...Has the democrat insanity rubbed off on everyone???

Posted by: e1313ruth | March 11, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

The Dems sold their soul so they could knock off Republicans and get a majority and now it's coming to bite them.

Posted by: ronjaboy | March 11, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

And the alternative? More of the same from the rabid right?

Anyone noticed all the abandoned factories across the country since Reaganomics kicked in full force? Almost 10 million exported manufacturing jobs from the neo-con agenda.

How about three major recessions and one near depression from Reaganomics?

Anyone notice the climbing poverty roles from Reaganomics?

Look at the pretty health care system engineered by Reagan and Gingrich's Contract On America?

How about two ongoing wars from 43's total incompetency?

The one single underlying mainstay in all Republican policies, programs and legislation is BIG BUSINESS ABOVE ALL ELSE. As an American under Republican governance Goldman Sachs' profits are more important that your rights, life, liberty or pursuit of happiness.

Conservative societies have one single condition - misery for its citizens. Check out a high school history book, conservative societies always fail, often violent.

Posted by: BigTrees | March 11, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

jhr1, Your rant sounds like you're talking about the Cheney/Bush "administration". No one, except for blithering neo-cons have forgotten what Cheny/Bush and the conservative Repubican congress did to us over the last 12 years. Please make sure you have your "all patrioty and stuff", "I'm the Amurikan Sarah Palin is talking about" Amurikan flag tattooed on your forehead so we can all know who you are, and what you stand for when you try and hide in public.

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 11, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

jhrt: you either have a short memory or you are the most uninformed person on the planet.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | March 11, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

The media is in for a big fall if they think the majority of the people have forgotten the disaster of Bush and the republican years,at least the democrats try to get something done but all they get is NO from McConnell,Boehner and the do nothung republicans. Don't count the democrats out until the votes are counted.I'm an Independent who has had enough of the republicans to last me a life time.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | March 11, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

You're damn right we will slaughter them. We will disolve this politburo before they disolve us. Or if they ram it up our ... then we will repeal it after the slaughter. Then in '12, we'll remove the red star from the white house and return it to the people.

Posted by: jhr1 | March 11, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

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