"It baffles me that you can suffer the largest defeat since 1938 and still maintain the leadership of your caucus"
Rep. Ben Chandler of Kentucky, a Blue Dog Democrat who narrowly won reelection earlier this month, says blame for his party's losses lie squarely at the feet of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"It baffles me that you can suffer the largest defeat since 1938 and still maintain the leadership of your caucus," Chandler told McClatchy News Service. ". . . You're talking about the loss of 60 or something seats held by capable public servants. There had to be something going on at a level above them."
"I think it was a serious strategic error on the part of the administration to take on health care when the public was agitated about the economy," he said.
"People will tell you the economy was their first concern. And I actually told people with the administration this at the time that they were making a mistake and that they should focus on the economy."
Chandler voted against Pelosi to be Democratic minority leader, casting his support behind Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.).Chandler said President Obama, whom he endorsed in 2008, is also responsible for Democratic losses.