At Politico.com, Roger Simon considers the question of whether Barack Obama could actually lose to John McCain. The article is uninteresting except for some internecine name-calling. CNN's Donna Brazile, Al Gore's campaign manager in 2000, accuses Democrats of "whining," while Obama campaign manager David Plouffe scoffs that Democrats are "bed-wetting."
Context is important. These Dem strategists believe that the mindless Dem masses are frightened that John McCain might defeat the Dem candidate, Barack Obama.
"Democrats are notorious for whining when things go bad."
And when things are going well, but we won't go there now.
Instead, we'll look to Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and how he referred to these Democrat worry worts. Politico.com's Simon reminds us, told the New York Times:
"I’m sure between now and Nov. 4 there will be another period of hand-wringing and bed-wetting."
For her part, Brazile is wetting her bed, to characterize her sentiments in the Plouffian manner. She stipulates that "Obama’s voice is strong and articulate," but she frets that he sometimes "seems unsure of his own voice."
For his part, Plouffe is being Plouffe.
One prominent Dem who is neither whining nor bed-wetting is one-time Hillary supporter Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a member of the DNC platform committee.
CNN.com's Political Ticker tells us that she endorses John McCain:
Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN.
The announcement will take place at a news conference on Capitol Hill, just blocks away from the DNC headquarters. Forester will “campaign and help him through the election,” the spokesman said of her plans to help the Republican presidential nominee.
Is this a major blow to Obama's campaign? Probably not, but it is proof that smart Democrats have an option other than whining with Donna and bed-wetting with Plouffe.