The summer of Democratic discontent has now spilled over into the fall, John Harwood writes in the New York Times.
The top Senate Democrat, Harry Reid of Nevada, considers the White House chief of staff, William M. Daley, to be ham-handed. Democratic leaders complain that Team Obama’s zeal for secrets creates more problems than it solves.
For instance, Senate Democrats believe inadequate consultation led the White House to botch the unveiling of “pay-fors” for Mr. Obama’s jobs package. Instead of reducing oil industry tax breaks and deductions for affluent taxpayers, which produced Democratic defections, they wanted the White House to adopt the “millionaire’s surtax” that the Senate is now substituting.
Mr. Obama’s advisers think Mr. Reid has overreacted to perceived slights. They view Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, a persistent critic of administration tax strategy whom Mr. Reid promoted within the leadership, as a self-promoting know-it-all.