March 11th, 2010
09:25 AM ET
4 years ago

Ex-Obama adviser: Democrats may get 'slaughtered' in election

Washington (CNN) – Steve Hildebrand, one of the top advisers who helped put President Obama in office, has a stark warning for his old friends at the White House and on Capitol Hill.






"I think that there is a real shot we [Democrats] are going to get slaughtered in elections this fall if we aren't leading the efforts to reform Washington," Hildebrand said. "We campaigned in '06 and '08, and if voters don't see that change, we haven't lived up to that promise."

Hildebrand, a highly regarded strategist in Democratic circles who helped deliver the crucial state of Iowa for Obama, is an outside consultant pushing issues such as campaign finance and lobbying reform.

He came to the White House on Wednesday for a quiet meeting with the president's senior adviser, David Axelrod, to express a fear that Republicans are seizing the high ground on cleaning up Washington, on issues such as the ethics probe of Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York.

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  1. wg

    Changing a culture takes time...chill out!!!

    March 10, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. acfaber291

    well Obama like McCain was never qualified for executive office.

    now we are seeing the proof. Obama the incompetent.
    just like McCain a graduate of the school of slow learners.

    March 10, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Stallion

    Well....I don't think "slaughter" is a word that even comes close to describing what is going to happen to the Democrats this November. Everybody that I know cannot wait to vote them out......including the democrat friends that I have. I cannot wait to vote against every democrat in office.....

    March 10, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. valwayne

    Democrats leading change in Washington? Obama has created the most polarized, divided, and bitter atmosphere in Washinton since Watergate with his "We WON" attitude. Even then the Republicans were less partisan than Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. We've never seen the massive level of corrupt spending and debt in our entire history. And instead of draining the Swap Nancy Pelosi now has the Florida Everglades on steroids as she runs the most corrupt House in history. And not just a corrupt House, but a corrupt Bawdy House with grown Democrats tickling their male staff member and being assaulted by Rahm Emanuel in the nude. Trillions and trillions and trillions in corrupt spending.....Democrats are the problem. The Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback, the $60 billion union payoff.....Democrats have to go!!!!

    March 10, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Rupugliban are Repugnant Taliban

    I have just one question for Hildrebrand, who are the American public going to vote for then, the Repugliban who have gutted this country for the rich and bankrupted the country with tax breaks for the rich and two unfunded wars? There is only one obvious choice and it is to get more Repugliban out of office with their obstructionist tactics it has become obvious we cannot get ANYTHING done in this country as long as even one of them is still in office, they refuse to let anything for the common people pass and resist anything that would force reform in our broken government. No, the answer is to eliminate EVERY Repugliban from office then and only then can anything be done.

    March 10, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Enough

    "MAY"...........wrong..............WILL get slaughtered. They aren't listening to the will of the people that hired them, so we will fire them and hope it isn't too late to undo the damage they have done. What a freakin waste of time and money that have been. Full power should NEVER go to one party and these folks are taking advantage of their very brief window to say the least.

    March 10, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Denna

    So Hildebrand, what are you doing to help reform Washington? President Obama needs a few good friends around him to fight the battle with the dark forces of the Republican party and their minions, the tea party, birther, bigot, "talk show hosts" who are no much better than a mob. As a gay person, you and others who don't want to return to the dark ages of republican rule, need to fight while you have the power. The others are doing their darnedest to ruin this country and we need to do our darnedest to save it!

    March 10, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. ED FL

    President Obama has spent a year doing everything except run this country.Goodwill tours and basketball shooting are nice hobbies if you have nothing to do. This country is in a mess and just plain talk is not going to fix it. The bully pulpit and vetoe of special projects for congressional members who then turn around and tell you to stuff it will not get this country anywhere. Myself and 5 members of my family voted the demo ticket in the past election,that won't happen again. It doesnt make any difference to the public which party screws over us, Our own party is stiffing us right now. it is time to try someone different. We will probably get the same results. NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. gina

    So much for a "quiet meeting." Hildebrand is a self promoter of the worst kind. Candidate Obama won Iowa, and the election, NOT agenda-driven egotists like Hildebrand. If Hildebrand wants the spotlight, he should run for office himself rather than sit on the sidelines criticizing President Obama's every move.

    March 10, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. annie against biased news

    All demmies and 2/3 of the repubbies need to be replaced! That includes this so-called president, his administration, his creepy advisors and all of his useless communist czars.

    March 10, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  11. indepenent hope and change

    Hope he's right and the control changes, especially the leaders in both houses, hope we get someone with common sense this time.

    March 10, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Thank you Massachusetts

    We don't like the "change=socialism" Obama is pushing down our throats. Now that we know what he was talking about we are saying "NO THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    March 10, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. beth

    It's hard to make changes when people are worried more with being 'politically astute' than with doing what is right

    March 10, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. Carole

    Typical CNN title. Did anyone challenge with questions that would assist on this?

    If they don't pass health care and tell Dobbs to remember what party he is from even though he is leaving you better believe it! WE the people voted them in to do things not cow tow to Corker and the LOAN SHARKS at PayDay Loans.

    March 10, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  15. dwayne

    Well, I guess you democrats better sound off then! I'm tellin' ya, if you don't start cleaning clocks then you can pretty much hang up my vote. Now, don't get it twisted, I'd never vote for a republican in a million years, but I won't vote for a democrat either unless they start steam rollin'.

    For eight long, painful, and depressing years we were forced to eat a dooky sandwich by the Bush Administration. It's our turn...would you like that on white or wheat?

    March 10, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    The Democrats will lose in epic proportions this fall because they have completely turned their backs on the voters who brought them into Washington. They have abused their majority status, spending whatever they want for whatever they want while people across the country have cut back significantly in their own lives due to the tanking economy. While promising to fix the economy with their massive spending they have accomplished nothing and the situation has only gotten worse. What do they do next? They just ignore the economic problems and play political games to push through an unpopular health care agenda. Of course voters will throw them out. It will happen.

    March 10, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. Ken

    Oh don't be so negative. I'm sure that between ACORN and the corrupt unions backing the party the Dems will steal enough elections to keep control of Congress.

    March 10, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  18. Aaron

    I've always voted Democrat, but will likely vote against any incumbent come Nov. The majority of Americans voted Democrat because they were touting change and promising to clean Washington up. Instead, they have caved on virtually every issue, with no sign of backbone or standing up to the Republicans who got us in the current mess. They erroneously seem to think that a bunch of paid demonstrators and rigged poll results reflect the views of most Americans who actually vote. To date, the only legacy they have to show is the massive increase of the cigarette tax. Not much of a legacy with holding the White House and the majority of Congress.

    March 10, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. Michael from Ventura

    It's the Dems who are leading the fight for reform- and it's the obstructionists who have brought DC to a halt. The Dems DO need to get tougher- and they need to forget any thought of bipartisianship from the right-wing-nuts. They want the President to fail- at any cost. So much for "Country First"! It is the right wing that needs to get "slaughtered" in November!

    March 10, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Pkm i do not knot know why if a republic gets in he does not care about any one unless he has money

    March 10, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  21. m smith

    Change is what w elected you for so push health care bring the troops home woke on clean energy and better relations with the rest of the world. Don't let the party of No slow you down

    March 11, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  22. Fed Up

    Now why would the Democrats get slaughtered? Everyone loves Obama and everything he stands for. Just ask the media.

    March 11, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  23. Jacq

    I feel the same way

    March 11, 2010 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  24. Conservative American

    That would be the best thing that could possibly happen for this great nation!

    March 11, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  25. Kentucky

    Obama has been a huge disappointment so far. I find it hard to believe that Hillary would have let the health insurance debate be so pitifully planned. It simply would not have happened that way with her.

    March 11, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
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