Like they do.
I hadn’t realized that the Democrats had realized that things were that bad: “Nervous that Democrats could lose control of the Senate, the White House is already discussing how to cut deals with a Republican majority.” Sure, the article’s trying to argue that in 2016 Senators in Obama states would be desperate to make deals… because Barack Obama’s people are still retaining the almost-charming delusion that 2008/2012 Presidential results will be all that relevant in a 2016 election. Tell that to Bob Schaffer, Jim Gilmore, Elizabeth Dole, and arguably Steve Pearce.
Then again, perhaps the Democrats in the White House haven’t worked out their potential new place in the world, yet:
So far, there hasn’t been much in the way of big White House strategy sessions about what to do in a Republican Senate. But the conversations have begun, though Obama staffers — superstitious as always, and with enough in poll numbers they see to keep them from giving up hope — would not openly delve into what’s being discussed.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that pretty much nothing has been discussed, and will not be discussed until the emergency meeting at 9:00 Eastern Time, 11/05/2014. Said meeting is not on the calendar yet, of course; and it probably won’t be put on the calendar until… 9:17 Eastern Time, 11/05/2014. Which is my heavy-handed way of suggesting that the White House will be caught utterly flat-footed by Election Night*.
*Assuming, of course, that we do well. HAVE YOU VOTED, Republicans? Lots of states let you do so. Lock in that vote for a full GOP slate NOW. Then laugh every time the Democrats waste resources trying to convert you.