Plouffe: Dems Can Hang On
Kaine slams skittish Dems for being 'foolish'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2010 12:28 PM CDT
In this June 25, 2009, file photo, David Plouffe.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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(Newser) – With their party in a full-blown November panic, two top Democrats went on the offensive today, with David Plouffe telling Meet the Press that Dems "can maintain control in both chambers if we make this a choice between" his party's candidates and a "crave and crass" GOP. Plouffe said the GOP would "have to run the table" to regain the Senate, Politico reports, "and I don't see any evidence of that." The party's hampered by an "intolerance and an extremism" espoused by its true leaders, Plouffe says: "Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin."

He slammed Republicans for "playing short-term politics," adding that "the long-term damage is profound." Tim Kaine, meanwhile, took his party's skittish to task, saying: "If you run away from who you are and you're a Democrat, it's foolish. It's foolish because you've got a lot to be proud of." The DNC chair praised his party for the "heavy lift" of financial reform, health reform, and jobs packages.