Obama Allies Target Dems, Too, in Pro-Budget Blitz

Moderate Dems object that the president needs their input
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 27, 2009 10:49 AM CDT
Senator Evan Bayh watches election results come in at the Indiana Democratic Party election-night event in Indianapolis, Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – To push through President Obama’s budget, the White House and allied groups are running a political effort targeting not only Republicans but also conservative Democrats, reports the Los Angeles Times. Groups like MoveOn are running ads warning against what they portray as just-say-no politics. Says an insider, “Every single White House has had to build support for their ideas.”

Moderate Democrats aren’t thrilled at being targeted. Says Pennsylvania Rep. Chris Carney, “This type of ultra-partisan rhetoric is not productive. There is a way to frame the budget that would pressure us, but this frame does not pressure us at all.” Noting that Obama has said he wants the input of Congress, Sen. Evan Bayh complains, “Some of these groups running ads are not in sync with the president.”