White House Didn't Have MA-Sen Health Care Contingency Plan

The White House had no Massachusetts health care contingency plan, not discussing the possibility a Democratic loss would dramatically imperil their legislative efforts, a top adviser said today.

President Obama's senior advisor David Axelrod said there "wasn't much discussion" about an alternative path to passing health care with just 59 Democrats in the Senate because there was "widespread assumption was that that seat was safe."

"The truth is the flares went up about 10 days before that election," Axelrod said during a briefing today with reporters and opinion-makers.

"There wasn't much discussion about the implications if the thing went the other way," he said.

As we've reported, Democrats blame attorney general Martha Coakley's campaign for not running a more aggressive campaign. Axelrod...