Why Liberals Won't Defend Obama's Campaign ManagerSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:43
Why Liberals Won't Defend Obama's Campaign Manager
Jim Messina is under attack from the right for his White House wheeling and dealing. He's not finding much support from the liberals he wrangled during the health care wars.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 1:40pm EDT
Ben Smith John Stanton
BuzzFeed Staff BuzzFeed Staff
Republicans this week made a target of President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, pointing to emails unearthed in an investigation of health care deals to cast him as, at best, a political horse trader, and at worst, having potentially broken the law.
But before the right targeted Messina, the same approach to politics — a hard-edged, pragmatic, and unapologetically inside game — made him the left’s least favorite official in the Obama White House. Beginning in 2009, the White House corralled liberal allies into a weekly meeting some participants derided as the “veal pen.” And liberals watched with increasing alienation as the Administration chose deal-making over the bully pulpit, compromise over ideology — and blamed Messina. Now, as the Republican Party turns on Obama’s campaign manager, many on the left have a simple message: We told you so.