January 24th, 2010
12:36 PM ET
11 years ago

Top Dem welcomes help from Plouffe

Washington (CNN) – The man charged with protecting and increasing Democrats’ majority in the Senate said Sunday that he welcomed additional help from the White House in the form of a more prominent role for David Plouffe, the architect of President Obama’s juggernaut presidential campaign.

Plouffe, Obama’s former campaign manager, will be taking on an expanded role as an outside political adviser to the White House, the Washington Post reported Saturday. Plouffe’s increased role in advising the White House political operation comes in the wake of Democrats’ stunning loss last week in a Massachusetts special Senate election which deprived Obama’s party of the filibuster-proof supermajority it previously held in the Senate. The loss of a crucial 60th vote in the Senate has immediately deprived Democrats of the support necessary to pass a health care reform bill, Obama’s top domestic agenda item of the past year, and has likewise called into question some of Obama’s other ambitious plans including a cap-and-trade energy bill and financial regulatory reform.

Asked whether the White House’s decision to bring in Plouffe suggested that he had not done enough, Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Sunday that he welcomed Plouffe.

“We welcome the White House beefing up their political operation in a volatile political atmosphere,” Menendez told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

“Clearly, we did everything we could in Massachusetts,” Menendez also told King, defending his committee’s work in support of Martha Coakley’s failed campaign.

“I think the big take-away from Massachusetts, however, is that, in fact, there is enormous economic angst in the country. . . . And that economic angst came out to play in this election. It is something that I expect the president to deal with in his State of the Union speech and something we will deal with as a jobs package.”

Filed under: DSCC • Massachusetts • Robert Menendez • State of the Union
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. christa

    If the president thinks, that Mr. Plouffe makes a difference, I do not think so. The president has shown, that he rather helps banks and companies, just like the republicans. Obama was a failure, because he should have protected us, the ones who voted him in. Before he gave the money to these rich bastards, he should have them sign a contract. So they would help us, but he gave them billions, without any provisions made for people who need help. As a lifelong democrat I am discusted with what he did. So why do we need him back in, all we have to do, is vote republican, because thats what he is at heart. I am sick and tired of him going on vacatiopns with airforce 1, why should the directors of GM and Chrysler don't do it, he and his staff, need to see what we expect of them and if they do not understand it, its only 3 more years and we vote him out.

    January 24, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. File under "Sarcasm"

    Different day, same story. It's not that the President's policies are off target, it's that the American people just aren't understanding how wonderful they are. The obvious answer is therefore that they need to strengthen the political message machine to remind everyone about "hope and change" and wait for the next great speech given by the Campaigner-in-Chief for the State of the Union address which will finally clear things up.

    Look for lots of promises of jobs, fiscal responsibility, transparency, bi-partisanship, fighting against evil special interests and "Let me be clear, this is not about me", all the things he's done so well at in his first year.

    January 24, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Sue

    Why are US citizens/tax payers now going to pay the annual salary-–of someone whose sole purpose is to figure out why Obama's support/approval numbers are falling/tanking????

    January 24, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Obama has clearly shown that governance is far different than campaigning! Plouffe's insight will likely include more lies and rhetoric from a President that no-longer has credibility.

    @ Aunt Bea: We are contemporaries in age only. I too have worked for 40 years building a successful business. Although you have decided to no longer earn a wage, I find it incredible that you obviously support a $500 Billion cut in Medicare, higher taxes and reductions in Social Security to pay for reckless spending and bigger government. Perhaps Opie is independantly weathy and takes care of you on his nickel. However, reading your liberal jibberish over the last several months, I think not! Perhaps just senility on your part and too much Keith Olbernman. Go take your Prozac OK

    January 24, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    How sad that Obama thinks they the Dems have not gotten their message across so he has hired Plouffe to compaign for the Dems over the next 10 months. The message has been loud and clear and we reject it. Hey Obama "Can you hear us now"..... Obviously not...

    January 24, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Biased

    So, it seems that rather than address the problems of the day, their first big decision was to bring back Plouffe and now it appears the WH will now spend the next year working on the upcoming elections and beefing up their role in all of them......... I guess Obama will fit right in since it appears he has never left campaign mode anyway. After listening to the Democratic heads all over the airwaves talking about the results of Mass. as if they did nothing wrong and they need to forge full steam ahead, they appear to think the message they take from this is that the American public is just too stupid to understand what they are trying to do for us and they need to pass their healthcare anyway and then explain it to us later and then we will all love it. If they start going into campaign mode now for November, then I know already where my vote would never go.

    January 24, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. chet dziura

    I do not understand why the commentator, interviewers with senators or congressman’s on answering questions never pursuing the complete answer to the question. Case in point, Sunday Nov 22, 11am, questioning a senator from Alabama had a four part question. The senator answered the last question only. The other three, which were more relevant, were never answered or address by the interviewer. The interviewer in his haste or attempt to ask the questions never even suggested or encouraged the senator to address the first three questions.
    What is it with your interviewers, anchors, commentators? Is there some goal to ask as many questions as possible in a limited time and dam the answers?
    Is there some problem with getting the news? Are you afraid to challenge a senator or congressman? Are the questions prepared so that the senators or congressmen know how to answer?
    Sorry your station is not the only one to do this. It just gets more and more frustrating to hear the same question asked and the same caned answer with no effort by news media to pursue answers to a question without the same boring caned answer.


    January 24, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. AstroTurf This

    So is this Ellie Light??? The Obama White House needs to stop concentrating on the Axelrod/Plouffe PR propaganda machine and do what the American people want it to do....focus on the economy and jobs. If Obama is smart he will stop trying to be Mr. Popular and worry about accomplishing something. Sending duplicate FAKE letters to newspapers around the country is not going to do him any favors.

    January 24, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Ridgeway

    That a boy. Jobs Package. Workers unite. Support your local Marxist. I have 3 jobs. I should give up 2 to people who don't have one. Ah, but wait. What I do involves a lot of education, experience and work so that pretty much kills any interest on the part of Obama's support base. In fact the term "work" is probably so alien a concept to his supporters they'd have to look it up in the dictionary. Of course that's assuming they can read. Not.

    January 24, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. SocialismBad

    It won't make ANY difference unless he and his boss are ready to admit the obvious, that the American people REJECT the Obama agenda. These fools keep thinking that after their hundreds of speeches and interviews, the problem is just that they aren't communicating correctly! That the American people are just dummies that don't get it. The reality is the country is a center right country and is REJECTING the radical liberal agenda, especially while millions are losing their jobs.

    But keep thinking this Democrats! November will be a slaughter....

    January 24, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans think Independents are going to give them a free ride, wrong. Republicans keep repeating the same things that people already know and dislike and that's not going to fly. I'm a Democrat and willing to listen to solutions from any political party otherwise don't waste my time and don't play me for stupid. Independents have a listening ear but don't throw the baby out with the bath water because Republicans haven't offered solutions.

    January 24, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Keith in Austin

    Obama and his liberal clan of crooks are now selling snakeoil that will cure your ills. Is there truly anyone left that is buying it? Clearly stated, Democrats are empowered by the "have nots", pathetic Bush haters
    or those too foolish to see the obvious. Quite a pitty!

    January 24, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    “We welcome the White House beefing up their political operation in a volatile political atmosphere,” Menendez told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
    Yeah..That's what the Massachusetts voters were saying! We want a more political atmosphere in Washington! It's not ugly enough already.

    This is the definition of " Out Of Touch".

    January 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. all the news that's fit to omit

    Policies, we don't need no stinkin' policies.

    It's all about politics to the gutless fraud that you "people" selected, elected and protected.

    The campaigner in chief STILL thinks he can lie and fool the people, well amybe about 40 percent of the sheep, the others either have BUYERS REMORSE or never believed the lies in the first place.

    Three years of Democrats running the show, yup, keep blaming Bush, it's working so well.

    One and done and GREAT idea to have a commision to curb spending and trim the fat AFTER the fall elections..... and you "people" say he is smart????

    January 24, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. valwayne

    Surprise surprise!!!! Broken promise after broken promise, trillions upon trillions in corrupt spending and debt. Hundreds of millions to be spent for Circus trials for murdering terrorists in NYC. 10% UNEMPLOYMENT!!! A message sent by the voters of MA that the corrupt health care bill has to be dropped! And Obama's response? Arrogance and contempt for the voters! We get the political people and the campaign ramped back up? Is this anyway to run a country?

    January 24, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Hammerer

    When the Dems admit the reality of the mood of the voters they may stand a chance for some success. Until then forget it.

    January 24, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Hope to Change

    It doesn't matter who helps them we still learned our lesson and never ever again let one party has all the power to do anything to our great Country. I know what they're up to, they think Obama won was big part of Mr Plouffe. Well, they're wrong Americans are now awaking and we'll correct our mistake.

    January 24, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Normal in NH

    What's is interesting is that a lot of democrat politicians are saying the problem is that the American people don't know what they're trying to do...they be in a better position once THEY understand we know exactly what they're trying to do which is why they just lost Ted Kennedy's seat!

    January 24, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |