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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the driving force behind the Obama agenda in Congress, sharply criticized White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs during a closed-door House Democratic caucus 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 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee were told, according to sources, that 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.

House Democratic leaders encouraged rank-and-file party members to vent their anger at White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, a key architect of the successful Democratic plan to win back the House in 2006, Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jim Messina, Political Director Patrick Gaspard and the head of White House legislative affairs Phil Schiliro. Schiliro is a former senior aide to Rep. Henry Waxman, the powerful chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and a Pelosi ally.

"There was no doubt where we, meaning the caucus, stood," a top Democratic aide said.

In the past two days, House leaders Steny Hoyer, the majority leader, and Chris Van Hollen, head of the DCCC, have declared Democrats will retain their majority.

"I don't think we will lose the House," Hoyer said Tuesday.
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"We will NOT lose! I forbid it!"
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In trying to work with Google and Yahoo and other ask me search phrases, we could write our op eds this way....

 

Why is Pelosi angry at Gibbs' prediction?

 

Or

 

Why are Democrats angry at Robert Gibbs' prediction?

 

Or

 

Why is Pelosi angry at the White House?

 

 

Because Obama is hanging all the Democratic out to dry in an effort to keep his own re election a viable option in 2012. Obama's election is more important than the career of any of the individual Democratic national legislators.

 

 

Because Obama is hanging all the Democratic out to dry in an effort to keep his own re election a viable option in 2012. Obama's election is more important than the career of any of the individual Democratic national legislators.

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