Missing Compassion

Democrats who are up for reelection to congress this year don't think the president cares whether they win or not. How could they possibly believe that?

A huge database of people who supported Mr. Obama’s presidential bid remains off-limits to other Democrats, unless special exceptions are made. Several elected officials have complained that requests for fund-raisers and other types of help get lost in the bureaucracy and are not granted until repeated appeals are made.

Imagine you've sacrificed your career to help the White House get its budget ravaging, job killing, voter alienating agenda passed, and you can't get through the Obama red tape?

And members of Congress have raised objections for not being notified that grants or federal projects would be announced in their districts.

What? Holding press conferences to announce the flow of money from Washington is the bread and butter of maximizing the power of incumbency, (other than getting the payoffs from special interests whose side your on.) It's not posible that they hang members out to dry on this!

More generally, some Democrats suggested that the Obama political team was too insular, sometimes leaving candidates feeling cut off and in the dark about decisions being made in the White House and at the Democratic National Committee.

Forget about being "worse" than W. on transparency, this sounds more like the Nixon White House!

“I think much of the House is in a wait-and-see mode to see how helpful the president will be,” said Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, who said he believed that Mr. Obama should spend more time outside the White House. “He has to come into these districts with the same gusto and the same sense of hope that he came into the election with.”

The good news for these congressman, so frustrated with the president, is they know they can count on the help of the First Lady.

Even Michelle Obama’s role has emerged as a source of tension between some Democrats and the White House. Party leaders believe that she could be of critical help in reaching some women.

Yet the White House has not granted any requests for Mrs. Obama to campaign for Democrats or decided whether she will have any role in the midterm elections. (Advisers said she is primarily focused on being a mother and on her own initiatives, like childhood obesity.)

What about the power of Hope & Change?

As lunch was served in the Roosevelt Room of the White House one day last week, President Obama assured the nine Democratic members of Congress sitting around the table that he would do anything he could to help them survive their fall elections.

Even, he said, if it meant staying away.

It sure looks like the White House doesn't care much whether it loses the house. Which begs the question - are they incompetent, or following the gameplan.