*Uh oh, this is NOT a good look for President Obama. According to Daily Beast political correspondent Patricia Murphy, a growing number of Democrats are straight pissed at the prez – in particular – for the $38 billion budget deal he made with John Boehner and Harry Reid.
That deal, angrily rejected by Nancy Pelosi as it passed Thursday, was the last straw. Murphy says some liberals are now pushing for a primary challenge to Obama.
Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, raise your hands. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.
Meantime, as President Obama headed to Chicago Thursday afternoon to kick off the first official fundraiser of his re-election campaign, he left behind a sizable collection of dispirited Democrats:
The compromise that Obama struck last week with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to keep the federal government running contained steep cuts to some of the party’s most cherished programs-nutrition for poor women and children, long-stalled transportation projects, funding for community health centers-as well as language barring the District of Columbia from using its own tax dollars to finance abortions.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, warned that the $38 billion in promised cutbacks would hurt the most vulnerable Americans. “We don’t have enough time to talk about the ways it violates our values,” he told The Daily Beast.
There is no more visible symbol of Democratic disgruntlement than the woman who was perhaps the president’s closest ally when she wielded the speaker’s gavel. When Nancy Pelosi voted against the budget measure Thursday, she did little to hide her anger with the White House over the fact that Obama, for the first time, had left her out of the negotiations on a major deal. Instead, he chose to work directly with Boehner and Reid to hammer out the compromise that each could take back to their caucuses for approval.
“I have been very disappointed in the administration to the point where I’m embarrassed that I endorsed him,” one senior Democratic lawmaker said. “It’s so bad that some of us are thinking, is there some way we can replace him? How do you get rid of this guy?”
Whoa! (Somewhere Tavis and Cornel are grinning like Cheshire cats.) Continue reading at The Daily Beast.