Axelrod: I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”

posted at 6:10 pm on August 12, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, the inevitable faux-indignant follow-up to Politico’s piece earlier this week claiming that Obama advisors repeatedly described Romney as “weird” in interviews and that one Democratic strategist said their only option was to “kill” him with attacks if he’s the nominee. Axe hates that, obviously. Not the thought of them crapping all over their “Hope” message with nasty negative campaigning; he’s A-OK with that if it means getting Obama reelected, as we already know from the fact that Obama accused McCain of racism more than once three years ago despite Maverick having famously held back on Rev. Wright to avoid that perception. No, what he hates is the media exposing just how premeditated their negativity is. It’s one thing if The One says something nasty about Romney during a town hall, where it can be dismissed as a heat-of-the-moment excess. It’s another if they’re planning an entire election strategy in part on winking at Mormon baiters with thinly veiled references to Romney being “out of the mainstream” or whatever. Not only would that shatter the Hopenchange myth of Obama as a gentle innocent unspoiled by the ugliness of politics, it would lower him to the level of the “Obama is a secret Muslim” paranoiacs who haunted The One for two years. The irony is, even if the campaign did sink to that level, I doubt it’d lose him a single vote among his base. They won’t care how bad Bambi smells, or how totally he’ll have betrayed his 2008 message of “Hope,” as long as the wingnuts are kept safely away from power. It’ll be a “close,” “difficult” election. What choice do they have but to “kill” Romney?

But the “weirdness” attack isn’t all about religion. Some of those O advisors who called Romney that meant it, I assume, as a shot at him for being “uncool.” As fatuous as that sounds as an election strategy, the Obama boom three years ago was, after all, essentially a cult of personality. That’s what McCain’s famous “Celebrity” ad was about; Obama himself has been candid about the fact that his supporters see him as a blank screen onto which they can project their ideals. At their most primal level, elections are popularity contests and Obama will have a likeability advantage over Romney if they end up competing. Even now, despite the fact that we’re at the gates of hell economically, his favorable rating is slightly above water. When you have personal charm to spare and jack squat to tout policy-wise, it stands to reason that you’d want to personalize the race as much as possible. Can we trust a “weird” guy to make momentous military decisions? How can a weirdo (a rich weirdo!) who’s awkward around people hope to understand the economic pain that America’s suffering from? Do we really want someone as weirdly stiff as Mitt engaging with foreign leaders? Etc. They’re setting up the following narrative for low-information voters: Do we want a president who struggled in his first term because of all the crap George Bush dumped on him, or do we want to risk it with a guy who’s so odd that we have no idea just how bad he’ll be? If unemployment’s still at nine percent I’m pretty sure I know what the answer will be, but like I say, they’ve got nothing to run on otherwise. Any weapon to hand.

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Axelrod: I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”

Axelrod sure seems weird.

Electrongod on August 12, 2011 at 6:13 PM

“On the other hand, if they want to go after Perry…”

Ward Cleaver on August 12, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Don’t call them weird. I said, “Do not call Romney weird.” “I’m telling you DO NOT CALL ROMNEY WEIRD!”

Yeah, effective way to call him weird when you’re SAYING you’re doing just the opposite!

UnderstandingisPower on August 12, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Does Media Matters work for Obama? Does Talking Points Memo? Does Daily Kos?

No.

Obama and Axlerod will just use all of these surrogate groups like they did in 2008.

That way they can keep their hands clean.

tetriskid on August 12, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Axelrod: I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”…..until after he wins the nomination.

LOL.

Axelrod doesn’t want anyone to attack Romney until AFTER he has won the nomination.

portlandon on August 12, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Fire yourself Dave…with extreme prejudice….

BigWyo on August 12, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Will he fire anyone who calls Republicans terrorists? What about people who call them Nazis? Or suicide bombers?

What if someone were to say that white conservatives are clinging to their guns and Bibl…..uh….hmmmmm…..

Bishop on August 12, 2011 at 6:14 PM

A day late.

Yesterday changed everything and this enabler knows it in his very fiber.

Romney is no longer their number one target.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Team Obama tactics are to use their MFM proxies for vicious personal attacks, then to disavow them while still reaping the benefits. Chicago thugs.

VidOmnia on August 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM

What Axelrod was thinking: I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks that weird Romney as “weird”

ConservativePartyNow on August 12, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Axelrod: I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”

Whipping out the race card early and often? A-OK. That is Axelrod’s specialty, after all.

It was Mayor Street’s reelection campaign in 2003 against Republican challenger Sam Katz where Philadelphia voters were exposed to one of the most blatant examples of Axelrod’s race-baiting campaign tactics.

Tigre Hill’s 2003 documentary The Shame of the City chronicled Axelrod and his fellow smear merchants as they intentionally fanned racial tensions and ginned-up suspicion of Republicans – anything to get Street reelected.

Twenty-seven days before the election, an FBI bug was discovered in Mayor Street’s office. Street blamed Katz, and demonized the federal investigation as a Republican witch-hunt and racist plot. Of course no such evidence was ever produced. That wasn’t their concern.

KingGold on August 12, 2011 at 6:17 PM

If unemployment’s still at nine percent I’m pretty sure I know what the answer will be, but like I say, they’ve got nothing to run on otherwise.

Nothing at all. They will not have to worry about Romney. But, they need to worry and they are worried silly.

This week they will never forget.

May the devil watch them.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Axelrod doesn’t want anyone to attack Romney until AFTER he has won the nomination.

portlandon on August 12, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Only since yesterday. Their diapers are soiled and wet.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2011 at 6:18 PM

I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”

Heh. Laughable.

Get ready for the 2012 astroturfers.

SlaveDog on August 12, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Axelrod: I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”

‘Cause that is Joe Biden’s favorite nickname….?????

albill on August 12, 2011 at 6:19 PM

“He’s got a funny name. You know, he doesn’t pray like all those other presidents on those dollar bills, “

unclesmrgol on August 12, 2011 at 6:23 PM

But what about attacks on Perry the Decimator?

carbon_footprint on August 12, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Can we trust a “weird” guy to make momentous military decisions? How can a weirdo (a rich weirdo!) who’s awkward around people hope to understand the economic pain that America’s suffering from?

Romney? I thought you were talking about Barry!

GarandFan on August 12, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Obama morphed into what he ran against.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2011 at 6:26 PM

So when it does happen AXE can explain how TECHNICALLY.. so and so is not actually an Obama staffer.

bigmike on August 12, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Ass-rod will fire them when President Downgrade actually make a public statement that is unflawed or true, or when hell freezes over, whichever comes first.

TXUS on August 12, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Outdated

“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to ‘kill’ Romney.”

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Is “weird” leftard for Mormon?

Caper29 on August 12, 2011 at 6:28 PM

At their most primal level, elections are popularity contests and Obama will have a likeability advantage over Romney if they end up competing.

Not so sure about that now. Certainly true in 2008, but voters have been given a chance to have Obama lie to them consistently, badly, and arrogantly on a daily basis. I think the bloom is off that particular rose.

a capella on August 12, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Axelrod: I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”

“Now if they mention that he belongs to a cultish religion, that is probably fair game.”

Southernblogger on August 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM

a capella on August 12, 2011 at 6:28 PM

And Carter was certainly considered likable in his day.Nobody wanted four more years though.

Southernblogger on August 12, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Translated:

It’s still OK to call Republicans “Terrorists”

Del Dolemonte on August 12, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”

A voice from the Chicago cesspool.

Axelrod is soaked in the filth in which he lives. A Chicago Commie. Never believe anything he has to say.

Cody1991 on August 12, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Axelturd will have to sell a turd.

Give him a break.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Who needs a job when you can listen to Obama’s rich baritone droning on and on about nothing all day, every day?

Jim Treacher on August 12, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Axelrod has studied Huckabee. Yipee.

ParisParamus on August 12, 2011 at 6:34 PM

You lie.

Y-not on August 12, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Axelrod: I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”

Of course this is only true until after Romney is the official Republican candidate, then it’s fire at will.

RJL on August 12, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Axelrod Pedophile: I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”

That’s better…

Seven Percent Solution on August 12, 2011 at 6:38 PM

I know you are but what am I? Are these democrats for real?

shov74 on August 12, 2011 at 6:39 PM

OT but related to Romney as it’s part of the New Hampshire Primary…

O’bama and the Democrats’ carefully planned destruction of the Private Sector Economy scored another success today, as the world-famous Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch announced late this afternoon it was closing its doors. It opened at the end of the Civil War.

This is of course where the first votes in the nation were cast every Presidential election year. In 2008, O’bama won in a landslide, getting 15 of the 21 votes. We’ll never know how he would have done next year.

Thank You President O’bama.

Del Dolemonte on August 12, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Axelrod: I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”

I’ll vote for any Republican candidate who isn’t Obama.

obladioblada on August 12, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Democrats have some nerve calling anyone wierd. Take a look at our vaunted leader. Ever see Obama throw a baseball? How about an American President bow? That stuff is wierd. We never get video of Obama golfing or shooting hoops. Ever wonder why? Reagan and G.W. both worked a ranch. G.H.W. jumped out of planes. Obama drinks beer with his pinky sticking out, kind of like a girl. That’s wierd. Romney looks normal for a guy who has done what he has done.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on August 12, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Just why is ANYONE in the Zero administration qualified to judge the performance of others???

Axelrod speaks from an unbroken record of FAILURE!!

landlines on August 12, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Can we trust a “weird” guy to make momentous military decisions?

No, far better to let a “brilliant” guy like Obama call the shots. Then we won’t have to worry about stupid decisions like sending the U.S. military to intervene in a Libyan civil war, without either an exit strategy or a clear chain of command. Oh, wait . . . .

How can a weirdo (a rich weirdo!) who’s awkward around people hope to understand the economic pain that America’s suffering from?

He can’t! Clearly we need a “normal” multi-millionaire like Barry Obama to show that he understands the average Joe’s pain. Maybe if we can pull him off the golf course at whatever high-priced resort he’s vacationing at this month, he can explain to the common folks how he commiserates with their angst over the high price of arugula.

Do we really want someone as weirdly stiff as Mitt engaging with foreign leaders?

No! It would obviously be better to stay with our warm, modest and cuddly Barry Obama, whose easy rapport with world leaders has made him such a favorite of people like Angela Merkel and Vlad Putin. (I’m sure they were just kidding when they characterized Barry as arrogant and ignorant).

AZCoyote on August 12, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Biggest set up I’ve ever seen on TV. George and Axelturd playing circus clowns.

That whole thing was fake.

Knucklehead on August 12, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Ja Wohl Fieldmarshal Axelrod!

slickwillie2001 on August 12, 2011 at 6:52 PM

I’ll fire any staffer who doesn’t use the word “weird” to attack Romney off the record.

Randy

williars on August 12, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Axelrod: Don’t think about pink elephants!

Knott Buyinit on August 12, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Wow. That Axelrose dude is weird lookin’ man.

Tony Soprano on August 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Axelrod can’t fire the media, can he?

faraway on August 12, 2011 at 7:19 PM

This isn’t anything new-Obama ran the most negative campaign last election cycle-running more negative ads than any other candidate in the primaries and general.

But, what really gets me is one of the examples of alleged weirdness of Romney was-I’m not kidding-his jeans. Jeans. Ok, they want to play that game, let’s talk jeans-Obama’s jeans. It always mystified me as how anyone could call Obama cool after seeing him in his jeans. There are pics of him wearing high wasted jeans nearly up to his nipples with straight legs and belt with his shirt tucked in. He looked like Urkel. So, please, idiot Dems, bring on the jeans war.

kit9 on August 12, 2011 at 7:24 PM

It was hilarious when Scarborough pointedly asked if the Politico story was true, Axelrod completely sputtered and stuttered. Case closed. The ‘weird’ story confirmed.

kit9 on August 12, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Maybe it is just me…but I think Obama is kind of weird..he does that head tilt..head swivel thing that is so annoying. He struts..he smirks. Please, most politicians are weird and Obama is no exception.

Terrye on August 12, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Axelrod: Romney underperformed in job creation

Romney underperformed in job creation? Romney underperformed in job creation?? Is he kidding???

Yes, Dave, but how many jobs did Romney save?

SukieTawdry on August 12, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Forget Obama. Destroy the handlers who keep pulling the string with the little ring on it that hangs out of Barry’s back.

Now, where might Axelrod’s closet be found?

Yoop on August 12, 2011 at 7:55 PM

I think Mitt is much more likable than Barack.

mikeyboss on August 12, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Massachusetts had lower unemployment than the nation as a whole 3/4 years Romney was governor. How is that under performing? If unemployment is already low, there’s only so much you can do. A certain % will always be unemployable.

therightwinger on August 12, 2011 at 8:09 PM

“…and you can believe me, because I never lie and I’m always right!”

mojo on August 12, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Can we trust a “weird” guy to make momentous military decisions? How can a weirdo (a rich weirdo!) who’s awkward around people hope to understand the economic pain that America’s suffering from? Do we really want someone as weirdly stiff as Mitt engaging with foreign leaders?

Obama may not want to have Americans asking these questions since they will answer YES to all the above when they realize they’ll take “weird” over incompetent any day.

Conservative Samizdat on August 12, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Axelrod: I’ll fire any Obama staffer who attacks Romney as “weird”

And tomorrow the sun will rise in the west.

petefrt on August 12, 2011 at 10:02 PM

In a world in which people who are against the multi-racial ideology/religion known as Islam are slammed as racist, why isn’t slamming a Mormon also racist?

Romney ain’t my man. But a certain former candidate now FoxNews commentator made enough insinuations about Romney that I decided I want absolutely nothing to do with that critter. It’s what they do in practice that matters. And Mitt (5 years behind me in High School) ain’t my cuppa based on what he has done and his defense of the indefensible. (An insurance mandate even by a state is intolerable. It makes every one of us into property of the state to be ordered around as the state sees fit.)

Therefore Romney is indefensible.

{^_^}

herself on August 13, 2011 at 6:42 AM

“Don’t look at the ‘wierd guy’! Hey don’t look at the wierd guy!”
“Don’t! No! Stop looking at the lying, marxist, racist regime!..and stop looking at my Mr. Whipple doo!”
“Over there! The wierd guy! Yeah him! No, no, heeiiim!Yeah, yeah, heee’s wierd and stop looking at him!
;)

onomo on August 13, 2011 at 8:40 AM