The Obama administration showed little interest on Monday in backing off its public spat with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups spending on behalf of Republicans.Of course it's nonsense, but desperate times call for desperate measures. It's typical, though, to project your owns sins upon others. When even the New York Times signals you're way out of bounds you clearly are just trying anything that might stick.
Vice President Joe Biden accused the Chamber and a group affiliated with Bush political guru Karl Rove of fronting corporate interests at the expense of working voters.
"Karl Rove has his stable of billionaires, literally, and millionaires pouring tens of millions of dollars into close races," Biden said at a fundraiser in Pennsylvania for Rep. Chris Carney (D), according to a pool report. "The Chamber of Commerce — does it surprise you that insurance companies are against us after we prevented them from taking advantage of the people they're supposed to take care of?"
The vice president's jabs toward the Chamber and Rove, and, by extension, the group American Crossroads, with which Rove is affiliated, signaled the White House has no intention of backing off it its attacks.
The administration, including President Obama, has accused the groups of possibly accepting foreign donations to fund its political advertisements against Democrats. The groups have denied the alleged donations, which would be illegal.
It's a new low, even for Democrats.
The Democratic National Commitee is using the same sort of tactic and logic that Sen. Joe McCarthy used in the 1950s: Level a headline-grabbing and unsubstantiated charge, like the State Department is filled with communists, and then say it is up to the State Department and the employees so charged to prove it is not true.When Rove says the White House keeps an enemies list, take his word for it. He should know. He's obviously on it.
So much for hope and change; this is the politics of fear, slander and divisiveness on the eve of an election that looks as if it could deliver a damning verdict on the first two years of the Obama administration.
Update: So far this insane strategy isn't paying off.
Fifty-six percent of likely voters said they would back an unnamed Republican candidate for Congress in a test of a low-turnout scenario for the crucial midterm elections. Thirty-nine percent in that same model said they would back a Democratic candidate, an increase by one percent over last week.
In Gallup's high-turnout model, Republicans maintain a 53-41 percent advantage among likely voters. That also represented a one percent tick upward in support for Democrats.
The poll suggests that the GOP hasn't lost any steam in its bid to pick up 39-plus seats they need in the House to reclaim the majority. Democrats have claimed that support for Republican candidates has peaked, and that they're primed to make inroads into support for the GOP, though Gallup's weekly effort to track the generic ballot suggests that any Democratic gains have been marginal at best.