Axelrod said presidents always talk after an election about a mandate, but he called such talk “foolish.” President Obama and congressional Republicans are bracing for talks on tax hikes and spending cuts that are now set to be implemented in January.
“Everyone’s going to have to come to the table in the spirit of getting things done, but on this issue of particularly the fiscal cliff — presidents always say, ‘I have a mandate’; that’s a foolish word and generally untrue,” Axelrod told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday.
Oh, this is entertaining:
On FNS, David Axelrod Has No Response To OH Early Vote Numbers youtube.com/watch?v=Hrsbm-…
— Kirsten Kukowski (@kakukowski) November 4, 2012
For those without video: Chris Wallace points out that early voting in Ohio kind of, well, sucks for the Democrats – as in, ACCORDING TO THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN (this is important), it’s at the point where the net gain for the Republicans will wipe out Obama’s 2008 margin of victory in Ohio. This is important because Republicans traditionally do better on Election Day voters than Democrats; if that holds true (which is quietly conceded by pretty much everyone), then Ohio is going to go for Romney. (more…)
For the record: we all say goofy things. So I’m not going to mock Axelrod for this unfortunate statement:
“You know, you can see in the speech that [Obama's] delivering that he, you know, that he, this is coming from his loins,” Axelrod said.
But the response is still funny:
The reporters gathered around Axelrod tittered, and he was visibly thrown off balance for a moment. He tried to recover quickly by joking about the comment.
“And uh — I just wanted to say loins. I wanted to see if I could get loins in the story,” he said.
Poor David. This has not been a good election for the man; reporters never dared laugh at him before. Such a shame…
…I’m a little annoyed right now that the Democrats apparently think that “toning down the politics for 9/11″ is something that everybody should endorse, but only Republicans should do. Rather than stew on it further, I’m just going to call the President – and David Axelrod – classless jerks and move on with my life.
On the marginally bright side, if you were worried about doing politics today, don’t be. The Other Side deliberately and knowingly demonstrated that they don’t give a sh*t; game, as they say, on.
David Axelrod to Chris Wallace: …SQUIRREL!
My wife calls this “political porn,” and it is, kind of… but it’s still pretty funny to watch. And I have to admit, I like Chris Wallace. At least when he’s not asking anyone on my side a question that nobody on my side wants to actually answer. And then breaks out a chart that demonstrates that Chris Wallace was perfectly aware how the original question was going to be, for lack of a better term, ‘answered.’ It’s always a pleasure to see a professional at work, really.
PS: The answer, Davey, is “No.”
[UPDATE: Yup, that was a blink-and-you-missed-it correction, there. I plead not enough coffee.]
Asked a simple question – yes or no about whether he agreed with the White House that the private sector is doing fine, David Axelrod produces… this.
No transcript: there was no semantic content in that response whatsoever.
Via @rbpundit on Twitter: I have yet to figure out how to get the link on the iPad. Heck, I’m pleased that I figured out how to post the video. It’s like they don’t WANT me to use this thing like a computer.
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.
Because it’s not precisely accidental that Axelrod got rhetorically ambushed today at his take-em-by-surprise press conference, while Mitt Romney did not.
Yup, that’s Solyndra.
And that’s all I’m going to say about that. Except… welcome to the majors, Davey. John McCain was an aberration; we generally like to play to win.
Jim Treacher, on the… strain… that David Axelrod has been showing lately.
I think maybe Axelrod needs a vacation. Just five more months of this, Dave. Five more months.
Stay on target…
More accurately, as I noted privately the other day, Rush Limbaugh served up a combined “Sorry if you were offended” and “It was a joke.” David Axelrod should be familiar with these species of non-apology apologies, seeing as the Democrats are quite fond of both. Not that any of this is particularly my problem, since the last time I checked Limbaugh wasn’t running the Republican party, Axelr0d et al‘s tired rhetoric to the contrary.
That includes, pretty specifically, me not caring if anybody else has a problem with this not being particularly my problem. Take it up with Rush Limbaugh, assuming that you can even get his attention…
Moe Lane (more…)