Gibbs suggested that the Obama agenda would be finished if Republicans take control
"If you lose the Senate, turn out the lights; the party's over"
A former top political adviser to President Barack Obama called the Democratic loss in Florida’s special congressional race “a screaming siren,” warning that the party needs to do more to motivate supporters in November’s nationwide elections.
David Plouffe, a onetime White House senior adviser and strategist for both of Obama’s presidential campaigns, rejected the idea that the March 11 contest in Florida was a referendum on the president’s health-care law, instead arguing that the results expose an enthusiasm deficit among Democrats.
“We have a turnout issue,” Plouffe said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend.
“This is a screaming siren that the same problems that afflicted us” in 2010 when Democrats lost control of the House “could face us again.”
Republican candidate David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink 48.4 percent to 46.6 percent in the election for a Tampa Bay-area congressional seat following a television advertising fight focused on Obamacare.