Politico is out with a new e-book that looks like a delicious inside-the-campaign tale of problems and conflicts in President Obama's re-election effort.
Obama comes across as both cool and intelligent, but also peevish and arrogant:
Obama’s trash-talking competitiveness, a trait that has defined him since his days on the court as a basketball-obsessed teenager in Hawaii, was on display one night last February, when the president spotted a woman he knew was close to Sen. Marco Rubio in a Florida hotel lobby. “Is your boy going to go for [vice president]?” the president asked her. Maybe, she replied.
“Well,” he said, chuckling, according to a person who witnessed the encounter. “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”
Florida's other high-profile politician, Congresswoman and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was out of favor with Team Obama as well:
Many of Obama’s advisers have quietly begun questioning whether they should have picked Wasserman Schultz, an outspoken Florida congresswoman, as his DNC chairwoman. She has clashed with Chicago over her choice of staff and air-time on national TV shows — and they think she comes across as too partisan over the airwaves.
Obama’s brain trust secretly commissioned pollster David Binder to conduct an internal focus study of the popularity of top Obama campaign surrogates. Number one was former press secretary Robert Gibbs, followed by Cutter. Traveling press secretary Jen Psaki, who was added to a second study, was third. Axelrod, Plouffe and current White House press secretary Jay Carney were bunched in the middle. Wasserman Schultz ranked at the bottom.
The Obama campaign, noting Wasserman Schultz has been a frequent surrogate, issued a respondse via spokesman Aam Fetcher: “The Chairwoman is a trusted and effective surrogate for the President, and she will continue to play a key role in the campaign’s efforts to communicate with the American people about the fundamental economic choice they face in this election.”
An aside note: How undisciplined and dumb is the Obama campaign? They're shocked their partisan chair is.... partisan? That would be like Republican Mitt Romney's folks telling RNC Chair Reince Priebus to chill. What's more, the anonymous folks here are sandbagging one of their most-prolific fundraisers, Wasserman Schultz, who happens to be their best and most-vocal defense amid the Obama's-losing-Jewish-support onslaught.