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Obama tells donors, 'Democrats drive me nuts'

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President Obama and conservative rival Sen. Ted Cruz have something in common, it turns out. “There are times where Democrats,” the president told Democratic donors on Martha’s Vineyard Monday night, “drive me nuts.”

It was an unusual pitch to supporters gathered to cough up $15,000-$32,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, working overtime to keep control of the Senate.

Without that control, he added, the GOP will thwart his choices to the Supreme Court.

“We’re going to have Supreme Court appointments, and there are going to be a whole host of issues that many people here care about that are going to be determined by whether or not Democrats retain the Senate,” Obama said at the pre-dinner event at his 401st fundraising event since becoming president.

It is unclear which Supreme Court justice he expects to retire.

While he blasted a Republican Party “that thinks solely in terms of their own ideological purposes and solely in terms of how do they hang on to power,” he slapped his own party in Congress and even lazy Democratic voters who blow off midterm elections.

Lumping both parties together as he dissed Congress, Obama said, “We’ve got, unfortunately, a Congress that’s not working. And I know it’s fashionable to say, well, it’s sort of a plague on both your houses, there’s too much partisanship, there’s too much ranker. Well, the truth of the matter is, is that there’s no equivalence between what’s going on. Democrats, I always say, we have our flaws. And there are times where Democrats drive me nuts.”

But, he added at the fundraiser in Tisbury, Mass., his team is more “pragmatic.”

Apparently, though, not his voters.

“The last point I’ll make: Democrats, one of the flaws we’ve got is we are congenitally disposed towards not turning out during midterms elections. We get real excited about presidential elections. We lose sight of the importance of elections in the midterm. Part of that is demographics. We’re younger; more minorities vote Democratic, more single women — a lot of folks who oftentimes do not turn out during midterms,” he said.

“So I would just ask all of you to feel the same sense of urgency about this midterm election as you would in a presidential election,” he concluded.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.