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. Mickey

    You are already witnessing the purging of the Democratic Party...Massa, Rangel, etc... in preparation for November 2010. The Republican claim that "they" are going clean up Washington is laughable at best. The GOP has become nothing more than doestic terrorists, attempting to obstruct virtually everything that the Democratic Party does. They are not the patriots they claim to be. They are anti-American, and their record proves it.

    March 11, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. Scott H

    Obama was put in office to fix things (however, not by me. I knew better). What neither he nor his staff understand is that working people in America, the producers, and the real stakeholders do not want that "change' to be socialism or Europeanized collectivism (which eventually equates to tax rates in excess of well over 50%). But keep in mind, this is the American Left we are talking about..who long ago was the Socialist party, but changed their name to "Progressivists" in the interests of avoiding a correct stigma..and subversiveness.

    March 11, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. Mr Joshua

    A slaughter? Not a doubt in my mind. With all the financial troubles we have, The Democrats blow an entire year on Health care.

    March 11, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Paul from Phoenix

    This is a direct quote from Nancy Pelosi from March 9th. This is on her website. Speaking about health care:

    “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????!!!!!!!!

    What happened ot having bills in the public for three days? What happened to everyone knowing what is in the bills? WHO IS STUPID ENOUGH TO SAY THAT WE SHOULD VOTE FOR SOMETHING SO THAT WE CAN FIND OUT WHAT IS IN IT?????

    This is why the Dems should lose, and hopefully will lose, Congress.

    March 11, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  5. Jay

    This was the republican strategy for the last 4 years. Block everything they could wether it was good or bad. By preventing change they prevented dems from accomplishing any change in Washington (even though they did try). In this political system ego's and idiocracy has caused the proverbial "cut off your nose to spite your face" concept. Its truthfully very sad.

    March 11, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  6. Ron Wisconsin Dells WI

    Democrats need to clean up there own house before they can clean up washington.They should have done this when Obama took office.Thats where change should of started.Backroom deals do not look good on the record or special favors.It really does not look good to the american people.So while republicans just sit there and do nothing.It has become a great strategy for them to get seats back in november.If dems do not get it right now they will lose seats for sure and if they dont realize this they should lose those seat then.How stupid can people be in office.I guess pretty stupid.And Im a high school drop out.

    March 11, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  7. Ancient Texan

    I have a feeling that Hildebrand doesn't think the Administration has been far left progressive enough. Keep that thought. Right conclusion for the elections' result, but wrong reason for the slaughter. (They still don't "get it")

    March 11, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. chris l

    It's really not even a question of whether or not the radical liberal party is going to get crushed in November, but rather if it is going to be the biggest bloodbath in the history of a midterm election cycle. I believe it is.

    March 11, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. Daniel

    With all the ignorance and fanatacism running rampant across the country,the Rublicans can't help but make substantial gains in this fall's electons.More and more,the liberals and moderates are being programmed out of the American political scene.Even Barack Obama seems to have swung far to the right for the sake of political correctness.

    March 11, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. Bradley

    What is so outrageous to me is how Americans actually believe that the republicans will do any better. In fact, if you are looking for reform, the republicans are ten times worse than the democrats. They are not going to reform anything. What they will do is take full advantage of the Supreme Court ruling giving corporations more power and they will open the flood gates to anything that business wants and needs. The American public should slow down and think about what they are doing. We just had 8 years of republican rule. We are not where we are now because of one year of an Obama presidency. Mistakes have been made but the democrats can turn this around. It makes no sense to exchange democrats with republicans. That is a step backwards.

    March 11, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. Dave Harris

    People have bigger worries these days than a few perverted or corrupt politicians. There have been no shortage of those in both parties. The attempt by Republicans to exploit it for their own advantage is what the minority party always does, and it makes no difference to most voters.

    March 11, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. Michael

    Obama campaigned on the message of "change". Unless that happens the democrats will get hammered this fall. The message of the republicans is that "we aren't them". In other words, this election will not be a vote "for" the republicans but rather a vote "against". the democrats. It's the old "lesser" of 2 evils. The problem, we still remeber Bush/Cheney and their benefits to the wealthy way of running the country. The results are higher than ever health care premiums and a financial system that was left in ruins.

    March 11, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  13. Liz

    If the American people are stupid enough to vote the rethuglican'ts back into power, they deserve for this country to go down the drain. Obama has been trying to pull it back from the brink of destruction and he's being thwarted at every turn by the people who flushed it in the first place. It's like an arsonist sets fire to your house and then tries to stop the firefighters from putting out the fire and saving your house. who should you be mad at? the firefighters? voting for repuglicans is voting for the arsonist!

    March 11, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  14. Larry

    How is Obama supposed to delive on campaign reform laws when a corrupt Supreme Court has given free reign to special interests for unlimited campaign contributions.

    Give me a break! The President is the only politician in Washington who isn't corrupt!

    March 11, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. archangel4

    If it doesn't have anything to do with other people's money, the democrats are always the last to.....get it, much less, understand it......

    March 11, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. Tina Seals

    If the people of the nation feel the relief provided under the law by the legislature - then job security prevails. The opposite is true as well.

    March 11, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. K

    If these Democrats don't get up off their "politically correct asses" and focus on doing what is right, as a long time Democrat, I will be hesitant to re-elect any of these incumbents back into office. Quit trying to be popular and resort to what is morally right for the people of America.

    This applies to the Republican party too! Only our elected officials benefit from stalling on voting on important issues that effect the people of this nation. While we are struggling with high unemployment, loss of benefits, and keeping the food and light on, these elected officials are lying down at night in the comfort of the $500k homes in comfort.

    For God sakes, please put your personal egos to the side and work towards a productive congress and a productive solution to get us out of this mess that all of you in congress have put us in. Good luck Mr. President from working with a bunch of out of control congress.

    March 11, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. Andy

    DUH !! Hey the party of NO NO jobs NO change NO accountability Just smoke/spin and more speeches. November can not get here soon enough.

    March 11, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. Sarge in Florida

    The Democrats need to get a backbone and start calling out the Repuklicans who keep trying to STOP everything that Obama wants to do. First they wanted parts of the healthcare bill change, we did it and now that wasn't enough so they are going to vote no on the final passage. Where were they for 10 years when they had CONTROL of congress? They backed the IDIOT up when he wanted to privatize SS and invest in Wallstreet. Can you imagine what would have happened to the people investment if they did when wallstreet slid?

    March 11, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. Jake

    Maybe O GREAT ONE can just give a few more of his Speeches and all will be OK.A speech/spend a few more billion/ and all will work out.BYE BYE LIBERALS maybe your next life will be better.

    March 11, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. How To Bankrupt America-Put A Dem On It

    Come on November and we can put an end to this liberal maddness.The Great Mezziah will be a lame duck for sure.

    March 11, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Don't ask but I'll tell ya anyway

    It is shocking that the Republicans could make a comeback after Bush/Cheney, but this administration has dropped the ball on so many levels, and lets face it–Obama does not appear comfortable as a leader. We would have been better off with Hillary.

    March 11, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  23. Cayce

    You good liberals just follow your leader Obamadoo right on to the slaughter house and we will be rid of you too.

    March 11, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  24. kd

    Republicans on the high ground when it comes to cleaning up Washington?!? What an upside down world.

    March 11, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  25. ran

    The fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans are the ones who are going to get "slaughtered" in 2010/2012 because we know who is at fault for the messes and who is doing all they can to keep us down: The fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans/Lieberman/Blue Dogs.

    People vote for either a true Democrat or an Independent who wants to do for the people in 2010/2012. Then we will see change. Do no reward a single Republican a win in 2010.

    March 11, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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