Axelrod slams GOP candidates

posted at 11:25 am on September 28, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Richly ironic: Yesterday in New Hampshire, David Axelrod criticized the economic proposals of the current GOP candidates as tired, saying they are based on the same principles that caused the country’s economic troubles in the first place.

“This isn’t new wine and old bottles,” Axelrod said. “This is old wine and old bottles.”

Old wine and old bottles? And he wasn’t talking about Obama’s jobs plan? Since when did stimulus spending become a new and innovative solution to a down economy?

But Axelrod didn’t stop there. In an interview with the Associated Press, he took direct aim at frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. National Journal reports:

He criticized Perry for flaunting his record in Texas while the state has the highest rate of uninsured residents and some of the worst schools in the country, and Romney for attempting to define himself as an outsider.

“I don’t know how you define a professional politician, but running for office off and on for two decades seems to qualify,” Axelrod said.

Axelrod should be a little more careful: His comments only call to mind all the experience Obama still lacks — namely, in the private sector. Mitt Romney might not be quite the outsider he portrays himself as, but he’s turned a few bucks for profit.

Axelrod claims he knows Obama’s reelection will be an uphill battle — he said it would be a “titanic struggle” — but not even that magnitudinous phrase captures the full extent of the challenge in front of the incumbent.

“We have the wind in our face because the American people have the wind in their faces,” Axelrod said. “So this is going to be a titanic struggle. But I firmly believe we’re on the right side of the struggle.”

What he doesn’t understand is that, to many Americans, the administration is the wind in our faces. No wonder “Generic Republican” repeatedly beats Obama in hypothetical poll match-ups. Once the GOP coalesces around its candidate — no matter who it is — that Republican’s momentum will really mount. And if every criticism Obama’s team lobs at his opponent can be turned around on him, he won’t be able to weaken the GOP nominee much at all.

It’s time for some new wine and some new bottles — and that means change. It swept Obama into office — and it could sweep him out.


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This guy has a hard time with biblical references.

Vashta.Nerada on September 28, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Isn’t old wine in old bottles the most desired wine?

NotCoach on September 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Old wine is good. New wine in those Hope and Change bottles is what leaves a bad hangover.

Drained Brain on September 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Obama team strategy: Look in the mirror, see your own deficiencies, and then state those are the deficiencies of your opponents.

neoavatara on September 28, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Obama is Poison Kool-Aide in a styrofoam cup.

portlandon on September 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM

are based on the same principles that caused the country’s economic troubles in the first place

And then the press asked Axelrod to explain this assertion with specifics.

/fantasy

mankai on September 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM

We need to be careful about assuming that the nominee will enjoy momentum. We only need look at McCain and Dole to see that’s not a given.

greggriffith on September 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Off topic, but I have to say it anyway: where I find that Ed and Allah’s posts offer information in a neutral to right-spun way, Tina’s come off as pure advocacy.
It just isn’t the same quality.

Count to 10 on September 28, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Isn’t old wine in old bottles the most desired wine?

NotCoach on September 28, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Yup. But spending is stimulus…

the_nile on September 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Our current problem: new wine (hard left Obama) in old skins (Chicago-style conduct and corruption in Beltway bubble and bureaucracy).

BuckeyeSam on September 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

There’s a certain type of old wine and old bottles that are exactly what you’d want now. How about some good ol’ free enterprise and some good ol’ small government back. Yummmmm…

ChristianRock on September 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Beats the hell out of the ‘Mad Dog 20/20′ that America has been force-fed for the last 3 years. Now all we have to do in 2012 is lean over the national electoral toilet and excise the vile liquid from our systems.

President Mogen David.

Bishop on September 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Old wine is better than cheap, just-brewed Hope’N Change beer

thebrokenrattle on September 28, 2011 at 11:34 AM

How about smashing some wine bottles and turning them into jagged weapons, and then storming into all the unecessary government agencies that were created by FDR, LBJ, Nixon, etc, and driving all those government parasites into the Potomac?

ardenenoch on September 28, 2011 at 11:35 AM

“So this is going to be a titanic struggle

Does this idiot know that the Titanic sank? Lots of dead folks and it still sits at the bottom of the ocean. I guess that does sum up obambi’s presidency.

VegasRick on September 28, 2011 at 11:36 AM

He ought to be slamming his own boss, cuz he is not helping matters. Look at what Obama has said now!

bloggless on September 28, 2011 at 11:38 AM

“This isn’t new wine and old bottles,” Axelrod said. “This is old wine and old bottles.”

So-so line thought up at Barry’s last cocktail party at the WH, no doubt.

Dusty on September 28, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Wait…David Axelrod criticized GOP candidates?

This is news how?

Good Lt on September 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Old wine is usually very good wine. Instead we have a constant whine from Obama and his cronies about everyone else being to blame except the child King. I think that voters will choose the old wine of 5 percent unemployment and tens of millions of jobs being created in the economy under republican policies, then the new whine of Obama and his ilk.

eaglewingz08 on September 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Old wine is good wine. Well only in 53 states.

angryed on September 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

better than the “new” horse p*ss we’ve been served for the last 2.5 years

Ditkaca on September 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Old wine in old bottles… we could sell it and make some money to reduce the deficit Obama has created.

But I think Axelrod is right. Let’s re-elect Obama to see how low our economy can go.

originalpechanga on September 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Once the GOP coalesces around its candidate — no matter who it is — that Republican’s momentum will really mount.

Souldn’t that be “if” the GOP coalesces… ?

JohnGalt23 on September 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Wine skins, wine bottles. all the same to a Communist. He needs some studies with Cardinal Pelosi.

Hening on September 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

I’d take new or old wine, in new or old bottles, over the vinegar the WH is constantly serving up.

Dusty on September 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

More lies about TX schools. It’s vital for the admin to lie about TX, and by extension the other red states. It’s for their own survival.

juliesa on September 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

This is nothing compared to the hate and lies we will see once our Candidate is chosen. It’s gonna be epic… Oops I’m racist I dropped the g….

sandee on September 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

“We have the wind in our face…”

I’ve got some wind for your face, Axelstash.

DamnCat on September 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Better than antifreeze sold as fair-trade organic wine in dusty 19th century marxist bottles marked ‘drink me’ any day.

perries on September 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Obviously, the Obama admin prefers Ripple in a brown paper bag

Bevan on September 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

—J

flyfisher on September 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Axe knows the game is up. All he and his boss have left are dirty tricks and they won’t miss a single one. All that community agitating and Chicago mob politicking is their only game now. They’re going to play the race card, the gender card, the granny card and the gay card. It’s all they’re holding.

MJBrutus on September 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

“Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink.”
P.J. O’Roarke

Bevan on September 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Stabbing your opponent by running the sword through your own body first is an odd strategy.

Extrafishy on September 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
—J

flyfisher on September 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Jeremiah 16:6

flyfisher on September 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Bevan on September 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Dat’s wacist!!!

Really Right on September 28, 2011 at 11:49 AM

BustedAxelrod is a WHINE-O!

pilamaye on September 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Anything would be better than the moonshine we’re getting now. It’s makin’ me BLIND!!!

NJ Red on September 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Talk about same old, same old. Didn’t we already have this argument about the quality of TX schools a few months ago, and wasn’t it established (by test scores and graduation rates) that TX is actually doing a better job of educating its students than several of the blue states that spend more?

As for the rate of uninsured, we all know that many of the uninsured in TX are illegal aliens, and while Obama and Axelrod may be anxious to provide illegals with health insurance at U.S. taxpayer expense, the rest of America is not.

AZCoyote on September 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM

“This isn’t new wine and old bottles,” Axelrod said. “This is old wine and old bottles.”

…he says while unscrewing the cap on the Thunderbird…

Could this bunch be any more lame?

CantCureStupid on September 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Axelrod is agressive…that’s about it, abrasive and aggressive.
They all want to be a “Carville”, but there is only one James…

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Could this bunch be any more lame?

CantCureStupid on September 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM

No. Stupid slogans and stupid “lines” from stupid people.

VegasRick on September 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Hey Axe, why don’t you have The One the whole world was waiting for just turn the water into wine, when he’s done walking on it?

av8tr on September 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Hey Axe, why don’t you have The One the whole world was waiting for just turn the water into wine, when he’s done walking on it?

av8tr on September 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

HA!!

NJ Red on September 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Axelrod is agressive…that’s about it, abrasive and aggressive.
They all want to be a “Carville”, but there is only one James…

right2bright on September 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

He lacks Carville’s charm. I say that only slightly tongue-in-cheek.

flyfisher on September 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

The GOP is so old time. Hope and Change is so …. boxed wine.

shick on September 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

He lacks Carville’s charm. I say that only slightly tongue-in-cheek.

flyfisher on September 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Carville is better looking, too. I say that only slightly tongue-in-cheek, too!!

NJ Red on September 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

That’s why Al Gore invented the search buttons, as well as the interwebs. Because no doubt someone would beat me to my otherwise clever thought of the “Mad Dog” Presidency, of new wine and all.

Beats the hell out of the ‘Mad Dog 20/20′ that America has been force-fed for the last 3 years.

Bishop on September 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

A meme is born. The Mad Dog 20/20 Presidency of Barack Obama.

MNHawk on September 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM

yeah, I saw Ax on cspan at the NH thing…he really looks the part of a trotsky, alinsky or whatever. Definitely shifty lookin guy. At least Carville is funny sometimes..or at least was…he’s getting a little snake-like wrt Tea Party

But it is good to hear what these guys say (pretend). No doubt he’s using some of the talking points of next year. But his/barry’s real plan is to go hyper-neg as we all know.

I hope who ever runs against them doesn’t have some sealed court records anywhere.

r keller on September 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Are you better off now than 4 years ago?

I will take the Bush economy any day compared to what we are stuck in now.

antisocial on September 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

We don’t have the worse schools in the country I thought Ed and Iowahawk did a very good job of debunking this LIE. Why is David Axelrod lying about Texas? He knows Texas isn’t voting democrat socialist in 2012? David Axelrod knows more jobs were created in Texas, he doesn’t want the people in the other states to be reminded of what a huge failure Hope & Choke has been. It’s too late that ships sailed. 550,341 hits to date. Tell a friend pass it on ;)

Dr Evil on September 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

“We have the wind in our face because the American people have the wind in their faces,”

And that wind was generated by the big wet fart occupying the White House.

RadClown on September 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM

same old crack in the same old vial. deeply unsatisfying and you can never get enough.

mittens on September 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Poor David. Doesn’t want anyone recalling Barry’s statement about being willing to be judged on results in the next election.

What’s changed David?

GarandFan on September 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM

This is an old whine from the old Axe. Why wasn’t this news when he said it two weeks ago? Three weeks? A month?

borntoraisehogs on September 28, 2011 at 12:17 PM

He criticized Perry for flaunting his record in Texas while the state has the highest rate of uninsured residents and some of the worst schools in the country,

So, half the jobs created in the country are happening where there are terrible schools?

Isn’t one of the left’s talking points that having a pricey school system is a necessity for economic growth?

18-1 on September 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Call him A$$holerod. It suits.

slickwillie2001 on September 28, 2011 at 12:23 PM

r keller on September 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I’ve always thought that Axelrod had a certain ‘Rudolf Hess’ look about him…

And seeing today Rush went Hitler suspended elections too, I’m willing to say it

phreshone on September 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Off topic, but I have to say it anyway: where I find that Ed and Allah’s posts offer information in a neutral to right-spun way, Tina’s come off as pure advocacy.
It just isn’t the same quality.

Count to 10 on September 28, 2011 at 11:31 AM

…he said, sadly.

fossten on September 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Someone should ask this weasel why his former client’s, IL ex-gov. Rod Blagojevich, sentencing has been delayed “until a further order of the court.” Which one of Axe’s buddies has a federal trial starting next month? Hum …….. Titanic disaster? Maybe.

MayorDaley on September 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Don’t worry there Dave, I’m sure MSNBC has a seat all warmed up for your fat, lying a$$……

BigWyo on September 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM

“This isn’t new wine and old bottles,” Axelrod said. “This is old wine and old bottles.”

Yeah?
Obama thinks he’s hot snot in a champagne glass,
but he’s cold boogers in a dixie cup.

mrt721 on September 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Off topic, but I have to say it anyway: where I find that Ed and Allah’s posts offer information in a neutral to right-spun way, Tina’s come off as pure advocacy.
It just isn’t the same quality.

Count to 10 on September 28, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I thought this piece was actually pretty objective.

But then again, I’m a radical right-winger, so I’m looking at it through that prism.

UltimateBob on September 28, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Ah yes, “Axelrod” is back again . . . I’m sure we’ll also soon be visited by his close associate “Dipstick”. Where in the world did they dig up these jackasses?

rplat on September 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

What’s that on your upper lip, Dave?

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Could this bunch be any more lame?

CantCureStupid on September 28, 2011 at 11:54 AM

No. Stupid slogans and stupid “lines” from stupid people.

VegasRick on September 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

In the upcoming election, they know they can’t run on their record, so they’re going to rely heavily on:
a) demonizing their opponents
b) class warfare
c) the race card

So, expect more of this stupidity in the next year and a month or so.

UltimateBob on September 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I will take aged wine over “40′s” of cheap malt liquor that these democratic party folks have given us.

carbon_footprint on September 28, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Barry and his handlers should avoid the word “whine/wine” at all costs. Axelrod and the other doofuses like word pictures but that’s the most accurate about “Zero”.

sgtstogie on September 28, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Axelrod claims he knows Obama’s reelection will be an uphill battle — he said it would be a “titanic struggle” — but not even that magnitudinous phrase captures the full extent of the challenge in front of the incumbent.

.
I thought Michael Moore, the creative genius of liberal Democrat political life declared that it be known, hereafter, as a “TEA-tanic” struggle. Democrats keep referring to the coming election as “struggle”; they might as well say “jihad” just to keep their spirits up about the approaching referendum, which is what it truly is.
.
Nothing inspires a Muslim like jihad, ya know.

ExpressoBold on September 28, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Someone tell Axelrod, old wine in old bottle can be good, but wine that from grapes that haven’t ripened and wine that hasn’t been aged properly, isn’t worth a nickel.

bflat879 on September 28, 2011 at 3:36 PM

I’d take new or old wine, in new or old bottles, over the vinegar the WH is constantly serving up.

Pretty much what I thought, vinegar.

If were talking about old Republican wine, I’m rather fond of the 81-89 vintage. You come up with some of that I’ll buy a case.

gdonovan on September 28, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Really, David? You’re an old fart in stale underwear!

Catherine Wilkinson on September 28, 2011 at 5:20 PM

“But I firmly believe we’re on the right side of the struggle.”

and yours is Marshall Applewhite’s new & improved apple Juice for 12′, Dave.

trippy.

Teddy on September 28, 2011 at 6:42 PM

“This isn’t new wine and old bottles,” Axelrod said. “This is old wine and old bottles.”

Yes it’s nothing like the “new” tax and spend plans on the Democrat side.

Why it’s only been since the begining of time that the greedy want to take someone else’s hard earned wealth and spend it as they would like.

RJL on September 28, 2011 at 10:27 PM

I’m proud of the HA crowd all catching how totally stupid this guy’s analogy is.

I’ve always found BHO to be flat out dumb. This last week he may have made more asinine statements than any president in any week ever. Now his top advisor has me thinking perhaps the whole Chicago Mob may be a pack of mental midgets.

It’s sad to think that half of America considers these fools intelligent.

rcl on September 28, 2011 at 11:21 PM