WASHINGTON (HuffPo) — Two of the top consultants in the Democratic Party leveled unusually blunt criticisms on Thursday over what they deemed a “total mis-framing” of an economic message by the Obama White House.
Speaking at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor, Democracy Corps founders James Carville and Stan Greenberg conceded that the party had been bound to suffer a drubbing at the polls in 2010, owing to a recession that had produced a lingering 9.5 percent unemployment rate. But a 60-seat loss in the House could have been something closer to a 35-seat loss, they argued, had the administration effectively communicated a sense of urgency and indignation over the economic crisis.
“During the campaign… their message of ‘what we are doing is working,’ people would get mad, okay,” said Carville. “Most kind of messaging is not very effective, it just goes in one ear out the other. This one, it went in one ear and right to the brain. What were they thinking? It was almost universal. And as opposed to saying ‘These irresponsible, greedy people got us into this mess and we are the only thing between you and them, and we are fighting every day and we understand.’ We kept telling them, don’t tell them it’s working… The White House had the best and brightest. But they mis-underestimated this.”