House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the driving force behind the Obama agenda in Congress, sharply criticized White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at a closed-door House Democratic caucusÂ meeting late Tuesday, according to Democratic sources.
Pelosi, irked since Sunday by what she and other top Democrats considered Gibbs’ careless and dismissive comments that Democrats could lose their House majority this November, upbraided a top White House aide as she knocked Gibbs’ unwelcome handicapping of House races.
“How could he [Gibbs] know what’s going on in our districts?” Pelosi said, according to Democrats who attended the meeting. “Some may weigh his words more closely than others. We have made our disagreements known to the White House.”
Senior Pelosi staff contacted the White House Monday to express displeasure with Gibbs’ statement on “Meet the Press” that Democrats could lose the majority won in 2006 after 12 years out of power.
Pelosi aides and operatives at the DemocraticÂ Congressional Campaign Committee were, according to sources, told Gibbs would “walk back” his dire prediction at Monday’s White House briefing. Instead, Gibbs said he was merely — and, by Washington standards, courageously — stating “the obvious.”
That declaration deepened the sense of House Democratic alienation from Gibbs that boiled over with tonight’s rare broadside from Pelosi. But this wasn’t the only manifestation of Democratic pique.