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.