Panicky Dems Abandon Obama

As President Obama reels from widespread, bipartisan criticism of a prisoner swap with Taliban forces in Afghanistan — with even Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown canceling its welcome — the growing scandal is emerging as just the latest political problem for Democrats facing tough re-election fights in November, with possible ramifications for the 2016 presidential race.

The town of Hailey, Idaho, population 8,000, swamped with hate mail and angry calls over Bergdahl after his fellow soldiers accused him of desertion, yesterday canceled its plans for a big welcome-home rally.

“If you had 10,000 people, 5,000 on one side and 5,000 on the other, then just due to the national attention, we don’t know what to expect,” Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said.

U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, publicly rebuked the Obama administration over the Bergdahl deal, saying, “It comes to us with some surprise and dismay that the transfers went ahead with no consultation, totally not following law. And in an issue with this kind of concern to a committee that bears the oversight responsibility, I think you can see that we’re very dismayed about it.”

Ford O’Connell, a Republican operative in Washington, D.C., suggested growing Democratic criticism is linked to election fears. “Their fortunes are tied to his approval rating. That’s only going to benefit Republicans. Like us or not, a lot of Americans feel it’s time for new management.”

Read more from O’Ryan Johnson at The Boston Herald

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