This evening, former Obama campaign director David Axelrod sent out a tweet that contained more than 140 characters worth of insight into Democratic insiders' feelings about the next two election cycles.
With the Senate seriously at risk, and the Koch Brothers spending prodigiously, shouldn't Dem funders be focused on '14 and not '16 races?
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 6, 2014
The tweet seems to be a reaction to a series of stories that have been percolating the past few weeks: revelations about the Koch brothers' network, news that one of the largest Democratic super PACs — Priorities USA (a PAC designed to be active in presidential elections) — would not be participating in the midterms, and the massive worries emanating from the Senate Democrats' annual retreat yesterday. A story in the Wall Street Journal on Monday shows that Axelrod isn't alone: "With Democrats fighting to keep control of the Senate in the midterms, the emergence of the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA could eat into donations that the party's candidates need to win in November, some Democrats warn." It's a debate that's sure to continue between Team Clinton — which has been waiting a few years for the 2016 presidential contest — and the rest of the Democratic establishment.