No matter the story of the day or the D.C. political climate, journalists love one storyline above all others: “Republicans in Disarray.” This evergreen trope works with every shift in the news cycle:
- Tea Party Loses Big, GOP in Disarray
- Tea Party Wins Big, GOP in Disarray
- Tea Party Future Uncertain, GOP in Disarray
President Obama’s relationship with congressional Democrats has worsened to an unprecedented low, Democratic aides say.
“Here we are, we’re supposed to be selling this to people, and it’s all screwed up,” one chief of staff ranted. “This either gets fixed or this could be the demise of the Democratic Party.
“It’s probably the worst I’ve ever seen it,” the aide said of the recent mood on Capitol Hill. “It’s bad. It’s really bad.”
“There’s been an increase in frustration because people feel like they are continuing to be blindsided.”
“Is he even more unpopular than George W. Bush? I think that’s already happened,” said one Democratic chief of staff.
“The only way he can really make it up to us is by fixing this [expletive],” one Democratic House aide said.