Thursday, March 10, 2011

...and Obama decided to reign in the DNC, who wanted to support Wisconsin workers

From the New York Times:

"Similarly, the White House mostly has sought to stay out of the fray in Madison, Wis., and other state capitals where Republican governors are battling public employee unions and Democratic lawmakers over collective bargaining rights. When West Wing officials discovered that the Democratic National Committee had mobilized Mr. Obama’s national network to support the protests, they angrily reined in the staff at the party headquarters.

Administration officials said they saw the events beyond Washington as distractions from the optimistic “win the future” message that Mr. Obama introduced in his State of the Union address, in which he exhorted the country to increase spending for some programs even as it cuts others so that America can “out-innovate and out-educate” its global rivals.

Mr. Daley and Mr. Plouffe illustrated the administration’s fealty to that message on Tuesday. Mr. Daley, as usual, spoke to the business audience, addressing via videoconference a Florida meeting of the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Plouffe met with the executive council of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.

The events were not advertised by the White House and were closed to the news media. But a White House official said the two men’s message was the same: Win the future."

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