Axelrod: Romney’s answer on the Limbaugh controversy was “cowardly”

posted at 4:15 pm on March 6, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In a sign that Barack Obama’s Oval Office phone call to Sandra Fluke — and, indeed, the administration’s entire outrage about Rush Limbaugh’s negative comments toward the Georgetown law student — was primarily driven by the president’s desire for reelection, Obama’s top campaign strategist yesterday sought to draw Mitt Romney into the controversy.

“I was kind of shocked, Anderson, when Gov. Romney, all he had, all he had to say about the thing was, ‘Well, that isn’t language I would have used.’ What about the spirit of what was said? I thought that was a cowardly answer and it was a test of leadership, and one that he failed,” said Axelrod on CNN to host Anderson Cooper. …

“I thought it was unusual that so many leaders on the other side of this debate, in terms of the political debate, took a pass on this whole thing — a powder on this whole thing,” said Axelrod on Monday. “Everyone should have stood up and said this was inappropriate as apparently many of Rush’s advertisers now have said it was inappropriate.” …

“The president sought to comfort a young woman who had been vilified nationally for speaking her mind on a matter of importance to her,” he added. “Rush distorted what she was saying and he called her horrible names, and in so doing he slandered not just her but all women of America, so I think it was entirely appropriate for the president to offer support for that young woman even if Rush doesn’t like it.”

To quote the president, let’s be clear: Mitt Romney is no more accountable for Rush Limbaugh’s comments than Barack Obama. The specifics of the back-and-forth between Limbaugh and Fluke do not directly pertain to the presidential election in November. Sure, Limbaugh’s comments might — in some way — reflect on the conservative movement as a whole, just as the comments of talk show hosts like Ed Schultz reflect on liberalism, but nobody expects the president to comment on every outrageous remark those guys make, so why should the GOP candidates be expected to comment on every over-the-top statement conservative show hosts make? Limbaugh is not running for president and neither is Ed Schultz. The choice in November will be between Obama — the president who issued the religious-liberty-violating contraception mandate in the first place — and a GOP nominee, who will oppose the mandate in his own words. If Mitt Romney is the nominee, we know those words won’t include certain derogatory terms because Romney has said as much.

At that point, voters will decide whether they want a president who wants to force taxpayers to subsidize their neighbors’ contraception — and, in the process, give the government a legitimate interest in the sex lives of individuals — or if they want a president who will respect their intelligence, not pretend a free lunch is possible, insist that individuals pay for their own contraception and leave people autonomous in their own bedrooms.

Incidentally, that Mitt Romney has so far managed to stay above this fray strikes me as far more presidential than the president’s willingness to exploit Ms. Fluke’s drama for his own gain.

Let’s get one other thing straight, too: Rush did not “slander … all women of America.” Insofar as I am a woman and insofar as I did not think his comments applied to me in any way, shape or form, and insofar as I know that I’m not the only woman for whom that’s the case, Axelrod is just flat out wrong. To parrot ultra-sensitive libs, I’m highly offended that Axelrod thinks women like me don’t exist. Ms. Fluke does not speak for me or, I should think, for plenty of feminists who are confident in their ability to provide themselves with contraception and/or to make life decisions that obviate the need for contraception at all.


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If Romney was smart by half, as Gingrich, he would have used the same language Newt did on David Gregory. That is, shame on you for trying to distract us from what is important in this election cycle. Romney is a politician, Gingrich is a Statesman.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on March 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Axelrod is pathetic: just trying to whip his base up into a mindless frenzy! The mindless part isn’t hard, they lack anything resembling an organ that would produce thoughts, the frenzy part will take awhile, they are notoriously zombie-like…

Oracleforhire on March 6, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Axleslime is a tool.

ObamatheMessiah on March 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Are we distorting what she said when we point out that her $1,000-a-year-for-contraception figure is a lie and that G-town’s student health coverage covers contraception prescribed to ameliorate medical conditions?

BuckeyeSam on March 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Yeah – but a talk show host said “slut”…so now everyone should vote for Democrats. How many times do we have to go over this? Are you that dense?

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

But what was Axelrod’s response when Gloria Vanderbilt’s kid asked him if the president’s superPac is going to give back the $1 million donated by Bill Maher who routinely calls women far worse names than “slut”? Never mind. Just funnin.

WarEagle01 on March 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

i’ve been thinkin’ ’bout it….

but i want the sob romney to light his hair on fire…. or at least give a newt gingrich response… directed at the man child and not at a fellow republican…

i’m tired of this no fight, yellow belly, gucci loafer wearin’ wimp.

ok, i feel better.

Dr. Demento on March 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Yeah – I think that Rush is okay with all of this the more I think about it. This is allowing the media to get all worked up.

Gives Newt the perfect opportunity to put the media in their place. Lines like “Gas costs $5/gal, the economy is in the tank, joblessness is chronic, and you’re talking about radio talk shows…”

This is all a good thing. Like I said the other night…battle lines are being drawn.

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Axelturd

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Yup, a 60000 dollar a year activists is exactly the role model the left needs to put forward. I must say the disconnect between the elites and this nation has hit a level that is almost laughable if not tragic. To me, its like the elites are exchanging drinks on the Titanic after the iceberg hit, they really can’t imagine a world with Obama as President.

rob verdi on March 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Wymyn’s activist Fluke digs deeper on The “It Wasn’t Rape-Rape” View, now Axetroturf mewls on AC “Teabaggers” 360.

Meanwhile, back in reality, shall I post the stock losses of all Limbaugh’s former cut-and-run sponsors?

Christien on March 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

25 companies yanked commercials from Limbaugh:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73675.html

sluts 1: mindless social conservatism 0

nathor on March 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

correction
sluts 25: mindless social conservatism 0

nathor on March 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Why are you calling them sluts? Granted, Carbonite has spent the last 2 days on its back. I dunno, sluts 25: stockholders of easily-stampeded companies 0?

de rigueur on March 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Economy…?

… Never heard of it.

/

(h/t to lorein)

Seven Percent Solution on March 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Tina; do you see the relationship that is being characterized and set up here for the world to see? A girl, off at college, needs something for her womanly proclivities, if you will, she petitions her government for redress, some big bad misogynist targets her and SWOOOP, just like Deus ex Machina, who swoops in to save her with a phone call from home? Big sugar daddy himself just callin’ to love on his girl at college.

Now, where in the story is Ms. Fluke’s actual sperm donatin’ father? ? ? Her mother???

This is the family according to the Democratic party, fellas. All your girls’ patooties belong to them and they’ll take care of them “real nice” just ask billy jeff.

Family.

ted c on March 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I don’t think it was cowardly, I think he just doesn’t feel like diving into that conversation if it isn’t going to do him any good. Arguing with liberals about free birth control as yet another entitlement and freedom of speech and religion is like trying to explain to termites why they should get out of your house.

You can’t win an argument with people who have their heads firmly packed in past their prostates. Yes, women included.

Wolfmoon on March 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Promise we won’t call for the ban hammer. (But we ain’t steppin’ in front of it either!)

CycloneCDB on March 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

nope, who would write all those nice things about religion if I am gone?

Oh, post it please, please please!

Trafalgar on March 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

rush commenting on Tina’s Santorum interview! get inside Rush head and use your imagination.

nathor on March 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Davey’s making the rounds because he’s killing time waiting for Breitbart’s Obama videos to drop. That’s when sh!t gets real, ma frens.

Christien on March 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Ms Fluke on The View: “I would encourage everyone to go to Media Matters….”

Alan Dershowitz, a liberal Democrat: “Media Matters has crossed the line into anti-Semitism.”

Why would one allegedly “aggrieved victim of hate speech” direct millions of Americans to an anti-Semitic website, which routinely engages in hate speech?

As someone, whose family lost members in the Holocaust, I want an apology from Media Matters and all of those that associate with such a hateful organisation.

Maybe, Obama will call….

Resist We Much on March 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Romney’s answer on the Limbaugh controversy was “cowardly”

But not for the reasons you think…..

Where was Romney when the left continualy attacked Palin, Bachmann, Ingram, Malken, Cheney and the rest of the conservative women?

*crickets*

idesign on March 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

that axelrod moustache makes me want to take a deuce.

burserker on March 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I won’t ask what you want to do when you see Sandy’s ‘stache. :-)

Resist We Much on March 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

The best answer to Barry and Axelrod’s current line of attack would be to have Susana Martinez run as a running mate should Romney get the nomination. She is a governor, conservative, Hispanic and provide geographic balance. That will destroy the meme that the Dem trying to sell: that the GOP is anti-women.

galtani on March 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM

It’s outrageous that Axelrude, Turd of Chicago, is speaking like this about Mitt Romney, one of the Republican candidates for president; it’s such an outrageous thing to say that Mitt was “cowardly,” “has a lack of leadership” implying that Romney is responsible for Limbaugh’s words.
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Axelrude is saying outrageous things about one of our candidates! It’s almost like he thought Romney was leading with his from behind! Outrageous! Will our candidate respond and be as forceful??!!
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Will our candidate respond ??!!

ExpressoBold on March 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Axelrod saying that Romney’s answer was “cowardly”.

Unlike Obama who jumped into the middle of a dispute between his friend, Professor Gates of Harvard, after admitting he didn’t have all the facts, in the middle of his address to the nation regarding Health Care Reform, to proclaim that the Cambridge Police had ‘acted stupidly’. Obama chose to interrupt that national address to accuse the police of incompetence in a knee jerk reaction to the arrest of his friend without waiting to hear the facts surrounding what was a local issue of very little import to the business of the nation. That’s foolish at best and a misuse of the office of President, and show poor executive judgement.

Or Obama who refused to address the fact that not one, but TWO of his relatives has been found to be in this nation ILLEGALLY. No comment. That’s cowardly.

thatsafactjack on March 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM

He isn’t quite like him, but he looks like Adolf.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

What do you mean he isn’t quite like him? In what way? I just don’t see any differences save for Adolf being a much better orator. They even look the same.

riddick on March 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

enough with the outrageous comments/

ted c on March 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Mitt: “Not Going To Say Outrageous Things About The President”

if only romney would say reagan things about the president…. “recession is when your neighbor loses his job….”

Dr. Demento on March 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Clearly, David’s gold-plated health insurance does not cover restorative hair care. Outrage, I say! Maybe a tax credit for that thing on his lip will make him whole.

BREAKING: Axelrod posts “Am I Pretty?” on YouTube.

Christien on March 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM

there is a saying in politics, “don’t punch below your weight class.”

well axelrod is the prez’s representative… so romney needs to punch back, question will he? i know newt would, with relish!

start punching romney.

Dr. Demento on March 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Another Axlefraud/Obama double standard”

Jay Carney: Of course he did.

Jake Tapper: Then, where do the comments by the Teamsters president fit in with that?

Jay Carney: First of all, those weren’t comments by the President. Secondly, as I think it’s been reported…

Jake Tapper: …comments by a union leader, at an event that President Obama spoke at…

Jay Carney: I understand that there is a ritual in Washington that, you know, somebody says something, and you link the associations, and then everybody who has an association with him or her has to avow or disavow. The President wasn’t there, he wasn’t on the stage, he didn’t speak for another twenty minutes, he didn’t hear it. I really don’t have any comment beyond that.

Jake Tapper: Okay, well, some of us covered the campaign, and recall a time when somebody made some harsh comments about then-Senator Obama during the introduction at a McCain rally, and the Obama campaign was offended, and expected an apology, Senator McCain came out and did so.

Jay Carney: Mr. Hoffa speaks for himself, he speaks for the labor movement, AFL-CIO. The President speaks for himself, I speak for the President. What the President was glad to do yesterday was the opportunity to present his views on the importance of working Americans, and on the importance of taking measures to help working Americans, to create jobs and grow the economy.

Jake Tapper: So the precedent you’re setting right now for the 2012 election is, the Republican candidates are the ones to pay attention to. Those who introduce them at rallies, their surrogates, we don’t have to pay attention to anything that they say.

Jay Carney: Jake, I think I’ve said what I can say…

Jake Tapper: Is that the standard now?

Jay Carney: (inaudible)

Jake Tapper: I’d rather not have to do this Washington kabuki every time something happens, but if that’s the standard, if that’s the standard…

Jay Carney: The standard is we should focus on the actions we can take to grow the economy and create jobs, instead of focusing on kabuki theater.

Fred Lucas: Does the President find the comments appropriate?

Jay Carney: Can we move on?

OxyCon on March 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Axelturd

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Turd Reich

Christien on March 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Holy Crap! I read Tina’s line “Insofar as I am a woman…” thinking this was Allah’s post. Scrolled back up though and now my world is back to normal. BTW, Axelrod, like SCOAMF, is a jerk.

bville 13027 on March 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Ms Fluke on The View: “I would encourage everyone to go to Media Matters….”

Alan Dershowitz, a liberal Democrat: “Media Matters has crossed the line into anti-Semitism.”

Why would one allegedly “aggrieved victim of hate speech” direct millions of Americans to an anti-Semitic website, which routinely engages in hate speech?

As someone, whose family lost members in the Holocaust, I want an apology from Media Matters and all of those that associate with such a hateful organisation.

Maybe, Obama will call….

Resist We Much on March 6, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Funny, isn’t it, how Jewish Adolf is defending a slut who openly supports an anti-semitic outlet. And on Babs Walters’ show, no less…

The world HAS turned upside down.

riddick on March 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

The world HAS turned upside down.

riddick on March 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Nah, just the liberals, and they’ve always been upside down.

Wolfmoon on March 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Nah, just the liberals, and they’ve always been upside down.

Wolfmoon on March 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

How about those who think Romney is a “conservative”, when just in 2008 they said just the opposite? Our side is just as guilty, not as much, but still…

riddick on March 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Of course he called her, someone had to get her Bill Clinton’s cell phone number right?

Wagthatdog on March 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Axelrod just trying to gin up controversy. Must be disappointed after Newt’s skillful answer and Romney’s non-committal stance. Wise move on both their parts.

jeanie on March 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

When Axelrod refers to Fluke being “villified nationally,” he acknowledges the size and power of the Conservative Media. In fact, the power of Conservative Media is such that when it is unleashed on a private citizen who is also a brain-dead-liberal activist, it requires the President of the United States to serve as a counterweight(!). Now, either the presidency has been diminished under Obama (yes) or the Conservative Media has, at last, become a formidable power (also yes).

The Left would love to have this kind of power. And right now the only way for them to achieve such power is through a deceitful little egoist who hides his Marxism and relies on a corrupt media to help him hide who he is. And even that’s becoming a harder thing for the Left to maintain.

For those who believe that Obama will stroll into a second term, they ignore the powerful wildcard that is the Conservative Media. The ghost of Breitbart will swarm over this election.

EMD on March 6, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Ms Fluke on The View: “I would encourage everyone to go to Media Matters….”

That’s all America needs to hear to discredit her.

Wagthatdog on March 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Rush is controversial. Doh! Sometimes he starts controversy with his statements. He apologized. Will the left just let this go? Of course not, everything is political and if they weren’t so afraid of Obama failing to get reelected they probably would let it go. Instead, they’re just going to go on and on and on about it. Is Anderson an idiot for not bringing up Maher’s comments about Palin in the same context, (who, by the way, has never even hinted at regretting his statements)? Of course. But we’re not talking about a journalist, Anderson is just a lefty hack.

scalleywag on March 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Has Axel apologized for likening Newt to a monkey, that you see more of his butt the more he rises in the polls?
And Obama takes policy advice from this guy, no wonder why is this country in the shape is in.

evergreenland on March 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

What ever happened to the days of reporting news. Now almost every news outlet is in competition with the National Enquirer. Pathetic. Politicians will always be just that, but journalist for the most part have become news junkies that would rather make news than report it. The whole world is in decline and we are supposed to be concerned about a college students sexual appetite. At this point we certainly deserve what we get.

DDay on March 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Wait…are you saying that politicians are being…political?
Stop the madness!

verbaluce on March 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I can’t get past Axelrod’s face. He looks just like Hitler.

Jayrae on March 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM

What is shameful is the way these democrat tools have manufactured a “controversy” out of thin air, for the sole purpose of hanging the fallout on their opponents. They cannot stand on Obozo’s record, nor on the records of their Congresstools. They are flat wrong on just about everything, they know they are flat wrong on just about everything, they have no way to defend their idiocy, so they resort to manufacturing a diversion. PATHETIC SLIMEBALLS!

NOMOBO on March 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Axelrod is proof that gay men with comb overs and cheesy mustaches who could visually fit right into any photo of Hitler’s closest confidants, should keep a very low profile.

jan3 on March 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Obama should give Bill Maher’s million dollar donation back, too. Otherwise he should shut his pie hole. Glass houses and all that.

magicbeans on March 6, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I don’t like rush but he was totally right about this whole ordeal and I wish he hadn’t apollogized. What you’re seeing right now is modern dating rituals in a microcosm of politics. Dumb girl says something stupid, guy mocks her and calls her out on it, then the wimpy white knights rush in to save the day in a pathetic attempt to get in her pants.

Yup the democratic party is “that guy”.

1984 in real life on March 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Memo to Axelrod: The definition of a coward is one who is ashamed to say publicly what he is not ashamed to think privately.

Mr Mxyzptlk on March 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Is it as cowardly as consistently voting “present” on hard issues?

Dark Star on March 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

No, Axeldorf, what’s cowardly is apologizing to terrorists.

chewmeister on March 6, 2012 at 6:53 PM

At that point, voters will decide whether they want a president who wants to force taxpayers to subsidize their neighbors’ contraception — and, in the process, give the government a legitimate interest in the sex lives of individuals — or if they want a president who will respect their intelligence, not pretend a free lunch is possible

Very well said!! I like the “government in your bedroom” angle, that phrase should be shoved down liberals throats every time a republican is asked about this.

Dollayo on March 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM

25 … 2,758,295 companies yanked commercials from Limbaugh:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73675.html

sluts 1: mindless social conservatism 0

nathor on March 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM
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Feel better now?

diogenes on March 6, 2012 at 7:26 PM

AXEHOLE!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Whether or not Fluke is a “slut” is not for me to decide, but there ain’t no gettin’ away from it – Axelrod sure is a whore.

Dopenstrange on March 6, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Feel better now?

diogenes on March 6, 2012 at 7:26 PM

yes

nathor on March 6, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Whether or not Fluke is a “slut” is not for me to decide, but there ain’t no gettin’ away from it – Axelrod sure is a whore.

Dopenstrange on March 6, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Axelrod IS a whore, and Fluke is a slut, prostitute, fallen woman, femme fatale, floozy, harlot, hooker, hussy, jade, loose woman, scarlet, skank, strumpet, tart, trollop, feminazi lawyer.

But, I digress…

Roy Rogers on March 6, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Just cancelled Netflix and carbonite…good job liberals

tank_killer69 on March 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

… and people care what a supporter of the Communist Party USA has to say, … why?

AZfederalist on March 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Hey, guys, hold on a minute. Maybe Svengali’s got a point here. I mean, all this distraction on Iran, the economy, deficits and other inconsequential matters that the Limbaugh-biased media is trying to get us to focus on is diverting attention from really important stuff. I mean, who are we to deny free contraception to oppressed law students attending elite schools overseen by religions stuck in the Dark Ages? I’m really looking forward to Pelosi and Axelrod expanding this outrage to insure that women attending Madrasses get their free birth control, too!

Texlib on March 7, 2012 at 12:02 AM

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