Tales from the Trail

Obama swipes at ribbon-cutting Republicans — again

President Barack Obama apparently believes he’s found the right formula for chiding Republicans who opposed the $787 billion economic stimulus — because he used it again. OBAMA/

On the one-year anniversary of signing the Recovery Act, Obama acknowledged the controversy that the measure continues to generate.

“And part of that is because there are those, let’s face it, across the aisle who have tried to score political points by attacking what we did, even as many of them show up at ribbon-cutting ceremonies for projects in their districts,” Obama said.

That echoed Obama’s January 29 remarks when he told a roomful of Republicans at the GOP House Issues Conference in Baltimore:  “And let’s face it, some of you have been at the ribbon-cuttings for some of these important projects in your communities.”

The president didn’t name any names either time, so we asked a couple of  White House aides and were directed to this Dan Pfeiffer posting on the White House blog on Wednesday. It does name names.

Election blowout may cost House Republican leaders

WASHINGTON – Who will be blamed if Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives get crushed in Tuesday’s election?

That’s a question being asked amid Republican fears that they may lose as many as 30 seats. That would be on top of the 30 they dropped in the 2006 election that saw Democrats win control of the House, which they now hold, 235-199.

If House Republicans have another bad night, their leaders could be in jeopardy of being replaced — just like the manager of the baseball team who’s bounced after a bad season or two.