Former presidential candidate Howard Dean says that President Obama's political advisers are out of touch with average Americans and need to "spend some time outside Washington."
While he still believes the president himself has his finger on the pulse of America, Dean says that the administration’s top advisers have misjudged the pulse of the nation.
Dean, who is also former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was responding to a question on CNN’s “State of the Union” about White House spokesman Robert Gibbs’ recent comments about Obama being slammed by the “professional left.”
"The people around the president have really misjudged what goes on elsewhere in the country, other than Washington," Dean told CNN host Candy Crowley, The Hill
reported Sunday. “I don't think this is true of the president, but I do think his people, his political people, have got to go out and spend some time outside Washington for a while."
Gibbs recently spoke out against what he called the "professional left" — liberals who "wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president."
"I don't know what he meant by that," Dean said Sunday. "The average Democrat is a progressive. And, you know, there are some things that are upsetting about the kind of deals that were made by the president's people on health care."
The Hill noted that Dean's comments came just a few days after Charlie Cook, a prominent election handicapper, predicted the November midterms would shift House control back to the Republicans.
"We're just seeing every sign in the world that this is going to be a wave — and a pretty good sized wave," Cook told the Wall Street Journal Friday. "It's more likely than not that the House is gonna tip over."
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