Pelosi and Gibbs May Need Beer Summit
2:40 PM, Jul 14, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
It's definitely going to take Obama's superior conflict management skills to smooth this over. Democrats are not-so-privately fuming over Robert Gibbs' admission on "Meet the Press" this week that Dems could lose the House.
For a party relying on rallying its base to prevent a GOP wave, the message that the House could already be gone coming from the top of the Democratic Party— from the right-hand man of the guy who's supposed to inspire all these Democrats ala 2008—is not helpful, even if it is obvious.Steny Hoyer and other Dems disagreed with Gibbs' assessment more politely in public.
"Do I think he’s right in that there are enough seats in play? Probably close,” Hoyer said, “The fact that they’re in play does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that I think we’re going to lose the House.”
At the White House briefing today, Gibbs said he hasn't spoken to Pelosi about his "Meet the Press" appearance but would if given the opportunity. He described their relationship as "cordial."Funny, that's the same word Gov. Jan Brewer always uses to describe conversations with the administration officials who are suing her. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming about Republican infighting.