Jun
05
2012

#rsrh David Axelrod has been promoted to his level of incompetence.

In today’s (06/05/2012) Morning Jolt, Jim Geraghty concludes with this:

. . . Examining the stumbles, gaffes, mistakes, high costs, and lousy performance of the president’s reelection campaign, Jen Rubin contemplated the unthinkable: “Why hasn’t President Obama fired David Axelrod?”

Probably because Axelrod has been there since the beginning — Obama consulted Axelrod on his anti-war speech in 2002 — and he’s has been Obama’s right-hand man/sounding board/fixer from his first ambitious thoughts of running for Senate. What would Obama do without the guy who he’s been able to turn to from Day One? If anyone has job security around here, it’s David Axelrod.

Even if he shouldn’t.  And, honestly, he shouldn’t.  Axelrod is not an effective public spokesman, or indeed an effective anything-that-requires-a-public-profile.  That’s not actually a slam, per se: many people are not good at being the public face of anything.  Heck, notice how I generally play to my strengths and stick to a keyboard?  And I’m not actually all that bad at talking in public, either.  – But where David Axelrod made his fatal error was in allowing himself to be drawn out of the shadows… because it’s clear that he’s more comfortable and effective when he’s inside them.

I weep for the fellow, of course.

I weep.

Moe Lane

6 Comments

  • Rob Crawford says:

    Axelrod is the Jim Henson to Obama’s Miss Piggy.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    (And let me say: I _HATE_ Miss Piggy.)

  • BJ54 says:

    Crocodile tears, too, I bet, eh, Moe?

  • Spegen says:

    Moe. Admit it, you were just happy to be mentioned in todays Jolt.

  • acat says:

    The answer is so simple, Moe. You hit all around it, but never shoved the point home. Axelrod was there in the beginning. Axelrod likes the shadows.

    Obama can’t fire Axelrod … because Axelrod would testify….

    It’s the Chicago Way.

    Mew

  • Jack Savage says:

    That’s like great and powerful Oz firing the guy behind the curtain. One doesn’t exist without the other.

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