“We’re getting close to the end of the second quarter now … and now the answer they give us is, ‘Even if you vote no on TPA and no on TPP, you still may not get checks because we may be trying to take out people who did vote for it,’ ” said one House Democratic aide. “It’s not like they are going to reward good behavior. Now they’re saying, ‘We may have to take our money elsewhere.’ ”
But it’s not the funny bit. This is the funny bit:
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama will come to the aid of any Democrat who finds themselves in primary peril because of backlash for supporting the “fast-track” bill.
“Those who are concerned about it I think do take a lot of solace in knowing that they can count on the support of President Barack Obama in a Democratic primary if they need it,” Earnest said.
…Almost seven years, and this White House still pretends that it can help beleaguered Democrats. This, in a world where the bleached bones of Democratic legislators* who trusted President Obama to save them are an ubiquitous part of the political landscape. It’d be funny if it wasn’t so sad – no, wait, it’s still funny.
*And their staffs. Personally, if I was a Democratic member of Official Washington I’d loathe and fear this administration in precisely the same way that a medieval city-dweller loathed and feared smallpox.