Fun: Axelrod, lefty bloggers get testy with each other on conference call

posted at 6:12 pm on September 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

Have tea partiers had any calls like this yet with the GOP leadership? All in good time, all in good time.

“You want us to help you, the first thing I would suggest is enough of the hippie punching,” Madrak added. “We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day.”

Axelrod didn’t engage on “hippie punching,” but he said he agreed with the blogger. “To the extent that we shouldn’t get involved in intramural skirmishing, I couldn’t agree more,” Axelrod said. “We just can’t afford that. There are big things at stake here.”

Madrak replied that Axelrod was missing the point — that the criticism of the left made it tougher for bloggers like herself to motivate the base. “Don’t make our jobs harder,” she said.

“Right back at’cha. Right back at’cha,” Axelrod replied, a bit testily, an apparent reference to blogospheric criticism of the administration.

Mind you, the purpose of the call was for Axelrod to beg the nutroots to help get rank-and-file Democrats excited to vote in November. Three questions, though One: Aren’t lefty bloggers already doing everything they can to scare the hell out of their readers about the coming GOP wave? Didn’t Kos, whose site is big enough to have generated an annual conference attended by top Democrats, just publish a book comparing conservatives to the Taliban? What more do you want them to do, Ax, immolate themselves in grief? Two: How much can bloggers do, really, to improve turnout? Most people who care enough about politics enough to read blogs every day are already motivated to vote, and the size of the audience even on sites with heavy traffic simply isn’t that big vis-a-vis the total pool of voters. We can post the links to candidates’ donation pages and we can publicize canvassing efforts, but if I were Ax, I wouldn’t even bother with the small fry. Just dial up Arianna Huffington, whose online reach is truly massive compared to everyone else, and try to arrange something with HuffPo.

Third: According to new data from PPP, a.k.a. Kos’s pollster, Democrats who are staying home in November might not be sitting things out because they’re depressed and need a pep talk. They might be sitting out because they’re relatively content with the big agenda items passed thus far (while being dispirited about the economy, natch, but there’s nothing to be done there). Ironically, it’s the unhappy Democrats — many of whom are no doubt the hippies the White House keeps punching — who’ll be out in force in November because, when push comes to shove, it’s more important to the left to keep the GOP out of power than it is to punish Obama for being too, ahem, centrist. Which, of course, explains why the White House is willing to take liberals for granted (and why the GOP is willing to take tea partiers for granted) but doesn’t explain what, precisely, Axelrod wants from the blogosphere. If most of the liberal blogs and their readers are unhappy with O and yet almost all are sure to vote anyway to try to stop the “conservative Taliban,” what good does he think a big bloggy push towards November is really going to do? Believe me, I’ve seen this phenomenon from the other side — partisans grudgingly forced to rally behind a guy at the top whom they’re less than thrilled with — and I assure you: The story ends badly.


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The problem with blogs is that they tend to preach to the converted.

I, for example, wouldn’t dream of clicking on Huffpo.

OldEnglish on September 23, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Family feuds all around..:)

Dire Straits on September 23, 2010 at 6:17 PM

The only thing Axlerod can do is demonize the GOP and conservatives to stir up his voters. Unfortunately doing that will enrage the conservatives and the independents more than it will inspire the democrats.

Skandia Recluse on September 23, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Most people who care enough about politics enough to read blogs every day are already motivated to vote…

Not this year. Not on the left.

SlaveDog on September 23, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Madrak replied that Axelrod was missing the point — that the criticism of the left made it tougher for bloggers like herself to motivate the base. “Don’t make our jobs harder,” she said.

Astroturf “Bloggers”.

portlandon on September 23, 2010 at 6:21 PM


“We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day.”

Exactly… and you’ll always be that way. Deal with it. You’re a liberal.

ujorge on September 23, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Leftists to government: We are trying our best to turn people into your slaves; at least you could appreciate us more.

lorien1973 on September 23, 2010 at 6:22 PM

“Hippie punching” – heh.

But this is in no way evidence of a schism or “civil war” on the Left, though. /s

catmman on September 23, 2010 at 6:22 PM

CONAN!!! What is best in life?

greggriffith on September 23, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Axelrod is of the opinion that the internet support made Obama. He ignores the totality of events that propelled Barry to the White House.

Just as he ignores the fact that Barry has been a complete flop as POTUS. Barry and the Democrats take the opposite view on every major issue, and then expect to be re-elected.

They can screw their own supporters and get away with it, not the American public.

GarandFan on September 23, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Is it just possible, that with Axelrods help….he, and the rest of the dimowits have systematically destroyed things so badly….there isn’t a thing he, or they can do? Even Huffington isn’t that powerful…in my opinion.

capejasmine on September 23, 2010 at 6:23 PM

I think the biggest thing we can do is have the lefty blogs promote Stewards rally on the mall the weekend of the election. nothing like getting the activists high, stoned out of their minds instead of helping GOTV.

We might also want to se eif Steward will make it a Rally week so they can “celebrate” on Nov 3rd.

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Axelrod is starting to implode.

seven on September 23, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Just makes me smile

IowaWoman on September 23, 2010 at 6:25 PM

OT: Less than an hour ago, DISCLOSE Act failed to get the 60 votes for cloture by 1 VOTE!!!! Tally 59-39. 1 stinking vote. The vote was strictly on party lines and Murkowski failed to vote.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00240#position

Firefly_76 on September 23, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Waiting for the ‘Go Away’ sign on the WH gate.

Limerick on September 23, 2010 at 6:26 PM

well this isn’t going to help:

Over at the left-wing Daily Beast, Gail Sheehy has a story that should make every Obamaite tremble in fear of November 2. As Sheehy reports it, in New York President Obama couldn’t even fill a room that holds 650 even though they slashed the ticket prices from $500 to $100 a person to get in.
On the 22nd Obama appeared in New York for a fundraiser but organizers found that attendees were harder to come by than ever. As Sheehy points out, this is six weeks before the elections. Less than two months and Democrats can’t garner enough enthusiasm to sell 650 tickets to see the president up close and personal.

Initially tickets were priced at $500 a person but as the event neared, panic set in and emails began to gush from the organizers offering bargain basement, slashed ticket prices in order to fill the room. Sheehy paid just $100 to stand in the same small room with The One and she only anted up after half a dozen emails pleading that she come.

Then there were the protesters. I guess the lowball ticket prices didn’t serve to keep the riff raff out as Obama faced sudden chants taking him to task for the military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy.

LOL I love it when marxists fail the people.

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

““We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day.””

You were the one that voted for Obowma…

… you might as well get used to sucking on it.

Seven Percent Solution on September 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Firefly_76 on September 23, 2010 at 6:26 PM

who else didn’t vote?

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:28 PM

***Don’t Cry for Me, Honolulu*** ?

Limerick on September 23, 2010 at 6:29 PM

maybe the lefty blogs could link this site it seems like it would be a great help to Obama.

http://www.takebackthe20.com/

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:29 PM

who else didn’t vote?

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Hutchison (TX) – don’t know the story there. Evidently, Murky has other “priorities” than voting with the GOP when critical issues are on the floor.

Firefly_76 on September 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I bet David Axelrod can’t believe he made it to the White House and can’t just tell his enraged lefty supporters that he is really a Marxist who would love to do their bidding.

MayBee on September 23, 2010 at 6:31 PM

“We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day.”

This is where Barry says, “I was drunk, and besides I have a girlfriend. Her name is Moderate Voter.”

Rational Thought on September 23, 2010 at 6:32 PM

“We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day.”

Exactly… and you’ll always be that way. Deal with it. You’re a liberal.

ujorge on September 23, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Once a slut, always a slut.

Gang-of-One on September 23, 2010 at 6:34 PM

“hippie punching,”

Now if there’s one thing we could all get behind…this is it.

BigWyo on September 23, 2010 at 6:34 PM

National Debt clock needs to be EVERYWHERE”

http://oddhammer.com/tutorials/debt_clock/

CWforFreedom on September 23, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Hutchison (TX) – don’t know the story there. Evidently, Murky has other “priorities” than voting with the GOP when critical issues are on the floor.

Firefly_76 on September 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Well it appears the O’donnell election has had even more success. Lisa and hutchinson RINOs not around on important vote.

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:37 PM

When all you have is Marxism, what can you do, really?

faraway on September 23, 2010 at 6:39 PM

wow did Palin take Obama to the woodshed today via facebook (just reread it. It is filled with great goodness). The lefties should threaten Axelrod with linking the piece if he doesn’t take them to dinner and a movie next time

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:39 PM

http://www.takebackthe20.com/

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:29 PM

That’s a great site! Target the weakest links. Love the imagery.

Firefly_76 on September 23, 2010 at 6:40 PM

When all you have is Marxism, what can you do, really?

faraway on September 23, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Well in most marxist countries at this point there would be “police roundups” and “re-education camps” but sinc ethis is the USA they are really out of bullets. except maybe ballot box tampering

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:41 PM

That’s a great site! Target the weakest links. Love the imagery.

Firefly_76 on September 23, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Yeap and the establishment still underestimates the woman. amazing

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Have you seen her? I’d rather take Axelrod under the bleachers!

WhatsRight on September 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

“We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day.”

Everyone knows he bangs you regularly. Who cares what he says to the rest of us.

stldave on September 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Does Axelrod have any conference calls with the Coffee Party?

MayBee on September 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Does Axelrod have any conference calls with the Coffee Party?

MayBee on September 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

LOL, haven’t heard much about them lately have we?

stldave on September 23, 2010 at 6:49 PM

LOL, haven’t heard much about them lately have we?

stldave on September 23, 2010 at 6:49 PM

I think the VW they were riding in was hit by a truck. All their members didn’t make it.

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:50 PM

unseen on September 23, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Nah….a bus….all that luggage scattered across the road had to come from a bus.

Limerick on September 23, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Well, well, well. How ironic. It turns out we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

John the Libertarian on September 23, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Ya learn something new everyday. Hippie punching.

Buy Danish on September 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Now, it’d be much cooler if they were the psychotic transvestite with the knife fetish that looked a lot like the girl you take under the bleachers…

JEM on September 23, 2010 at 7:09 PM

At least they took you under the bleachers. The boinked the entire country in broad daylight.

flyoverland on September 23, 2010 at 7:26 PM

What’s wrong with hippie punching – they have free medical now

LincolntheHun on September 23, 2010 at 7:46 PM

a.k.a. Kos’s pollster,

Whatever happened to their last pollster? Rese…

oh…

RINO in Name Only on September 23, 2010 at 8:08 PM

This is where Barry says, “I was drunk, and besides I have a girlfriend. Her name is Moderate Voter.”

Rational Thought on September 23, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Yeah, but she’s not speaking to him now, and it’s looking like things might be on the rocks.

RINO in Name Only on September 23, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Madrak added. “We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day.”

Heh, Susie (Madrak) only wishes someone would take her under the bleachers.

“Light of day”? Personally, I wouldn’t want to be seen with her even in the dead of night.

bofh on September 23, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Was Axelrod’s sleazy editorial in the WaPo posted anywhere on HotAir today? That weasel was working his darnedest to slime Republicans as stealth corporate shills in his push to pass the DISCLOSE act, a most falsely named bill.

ObaMao was thoroughly peeved at the Supreme Court decision back in January that assured First Amendment rights to corporate bodies, and he and his Dem sheep in the legislature want to take away that power to support interests other than that belonging to unions and the other Soros-funded PACs.

Read this garbage and throw the supporters of DISCLOSE out.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/22/AR2010092204665.html

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2010 at 9:12 PM

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Haven’t read such a bombastic piece as Axe’s “editorial” since Pravda back in the day.

I am active in trying to get folks around these parts fired up for November, so are a lot of others, like minded citizens…lot of word of mouth and face to face time…and as yet, not a dime of major corporate contributions have been funneled my way.

Axelrod in this garbage piece in WaPo is still raising the specter of evil corporate America being the enemy of the people. Only a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist would believe such a claim. It gets old after a while, but Axe still spouts the same old same old.

When you see your job go away because your employer just filed for bankruptcy because of all those extra financial burdens placed on him/her by the Obama/Pelosi/Reid clique, one suddenly realizes that all that banter and chant going after “evil corporations” and demonizing business owners as a loyal Obamatron just cost you your job, and soon your car, and your home. Hard to get the masses fired up when they all come to the same realization that they were sold a bill of goods and voted for a paper thin facade when Axelrod, et al., foisted Obama on them a couple years ago.

Now, on the Libertarian/Conservative/Federalist side…out here in the MidWest…we are fired up, and we are looking forward to November. And it isn’t corporate America that is providing the funding, inspiration nor talking points.

The Obama Experiment failed. Period. And it is a costly failure and we will be paying for it for decades to come.

Next time someone comes to the podium spouting about Hope and Change, you can bet more and more if not most Americans will do their homework long before Election day.

As for Axelrod…you reap what you sow. Hope you enjoy the unemployment line.

coldwarrior on September 23, 2010 at 9:36 PM

The more I see of Bammie’s vaunted campaign team in action, the more I wonder how on Earth they won the last election. Then I remember McCain…

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Heh, Susie (Madrak) only wishes someone would take her under the bleachers.

“Light of day”? Personally, I wouldn’t want to be seen with her even in the dead of night.

bofh on September 23, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Now that’s just mean.

2ipa on September 23, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Ya learn something new everyday. Hippie punching.

Buy Danish on September 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I love it.

I was on a ski vacation in Telluride last winter, and while speaking with a local shop owner, I learned a new term – trustafarians.

These are the trust-fund kids of multi-millionaires who never worked a day in their lives, and never will work a day in their lives. They are far-left wing activists with Rasta hair and hippie clothes who live in multi-million dollar mansions and penthouses, drive around in $90,000 SUVs (with 0bama bumper stickers), and preach to others about environmentalism and other left-wing causes. They only exist to make other peoples’ lives miserable.

At least they’re spending lots of their parents’ money, which helps the local economy.

UltimateBob on September 24, 2010 at 1:51 AM

Read this garbage and throw the supporters of DISCLOSE out.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/22/AR2010092204665.html

onlineanalyst on September 23, 2010 at 9:12 PM

We did, here in Delaware. Mike Castle has been tossed out on his a$$. The rest of the DC RINO population has been put on notice.

UltimateBob on September 24, 2010 at 1:56 AM

“Hippie punching”…Democrats need a new t-shirt and sales pitch line for themselves:

“Dead Meat”

Lourdes on September 24, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Axelrod is of the opinion that the internet support made Obama. He ignores the totality of events that propelled Barry to the White House.

Just as he ignores the fact that Barry has been a complete flop as POTUS. Barry and the Democrats take the opposite view on every major issue, and then expect to be re-elected.

They can screw their own supporters and get away with it, not the American public.

GarandFan on September 23, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Axelrod’s only schtick is his dictatorial and creepy belief in media-rule. Media-rule and McCain as GOP nominee are the ONLY things that got little Barry elected and Axelrod seems helpless without that combination.

Axelrod, Dunn, Bauer, Jarrett, that whole mess of marxists, their “process” is simple when you chafe off all the Obama show and it is, literally, create and maintain a media-machine or industry that services them. That’s what Axelrod’s business in Chicago is, that’s what Dunn’s business is, that’s what they do and what they rely on, as if it was a sports uniform.

Lourdes on September 24, 2010 at 9:03 AM

“We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day.”

NOTE that the “girl” does NOT say or indicate she’s even considering saying, “no, I don’t want to go with you under the bleachers but would you like to meet my dad?”

Girl doesn’t seem aware of the fact that if and when she goes under the bleachers and she isn’t in chains being hauled away down there, she’s got a willing part in it.

Lourdes on September 24, 2010 at 9:07 AM

It just shows, and proves by their own words, lefties are just a bunch of skanks…to be used, but never honored, never acknowledged.
They are the fat ugly, but drunk and willing,chick when the bar is closing at 2am…

right2bright on September 24, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Lourdes on September 24, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I caught that also, she is accepting her role…that is what she is, and she knows she is unacceptable in public.

right2bright on September 24, 2010 at 9:11 AM

I signed up on DKos a while back but have yet to post. I know I’ll be banned the first time I do so I’m saving it for a good one. But, being enrolled, I’m on the e-mailing list and he’s been quite active lately trying to get me excited about the upcoming elections. Boy, if he only knew how excited I already am. Ha!

Big John on September 24, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Ya learn something new everyday. Hippie punching.

Buy Danish on September 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

The best thing is that she actually knows about it. I’ve still got my Fred Thompson hippie punching tee shirt I got from Frank.

Big John on September 24, 2010 at 11:23 AM