Axelrod backs out of Maher appearance

posted at 10:25 am on March 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Remember how well that war on Rush Limbaugh worked out for the White House in 2009?  Well, it’s just as successful in 2012.  Politico’s Dylan Byers reports that Obama campaign guru David Axelrod has been hoist with his own outrageous-outrage petard, and now has to cancel an appearance on Bill Maher’s HBO show thanks to the blowback:

David Axelrod will not be appearing as a guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” despite reports last week that he was scheduled to do the show in the next few weeks.

“He’s not scheduled to go on at this time,” said Ben LaBolt, the press secretary for President Obama’s reelection campaign.

Maher, who donated $1 million to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA, has increasingly become a target of right-wing attacks over the last week in response to the left’s attacks on Rush Limbaugh. Maher has come under fire for calling Sarah Palin a “c**t” during his stand-up act and a “dumb tw**t” on his HBO show, among other sexist comments.

Axelrod has been out front on this war on Limbaugh, but the backfire has been … hilarious.  Not only has the attempt to demonize Limbaugh exposed the Left’s own hypocrisy, the effort to hit Limbaugh’s pockets has been a big flop, too.  Now Republicans have made Bill Maher the poster child of the Democratic Party and of Obama’s re-election campaign, thanks to their refusal to return $1 million Maher donated to Obama’s super-PAC — which amounts to half of what the super-PAC has managed to raise:

Democrats have been gaining traction describing controversial conservative talker Rush Limbaugh as the de facto leader of the Republican party. But looking at the February fundraising report from the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA, Republicans may have a legitimate case to describe “Real Time” host Bill Maher as significant a player for the president’s re-election campaign – at least financially.

Republicans have been trying to make Maher as a liberal poster boy to counter the Limbaugh attacks. It hasn’t really stuck. But since he (very publicly) donated $1 million to Priorities USA, the GOP has some fresh ammunition. Maher’s donation was about half of the $2 million that the super PAC raised in the month of February – a total that speaks as much about the group’s limp fundraising as Maher’s influence within the party.

Small wonder that Axelrod now wants to bail on Obama’s biggest benefactor, but that won’t be enough.  Meanwhile, the Second White House War on Limbaugh has probably had the same effect on his audience that the First White House War on Limbaugh had, according to a leading industry analyst:

There has been no measure of his listenership since the Fluke flap. But nonpartisan radio expert Michael Harrison told The Daily Caller that Limbaugh’s numbers likely are going no where but up — despite the anti-Limbaugh push.

Harrison is founder and publisher of Talkers magazine, the industry’s leading trade journal.

According to Harrison, even if all the publicity is negative, it is a “good bet that Rush is enjoying pretty high ratings” last week and going into this week.

“The irony is that he probably right now has the biggest audience he’s had in years, and the double irony of all this is sponsors that are fleeing, they’re missing out on the best advertising buy in radio,” Harrison told TheDC in an interview, explaining that Limbaugh incites passion on all fronts.

Limbaugh’s fans, said Harrison, will galvanize around him, not abandon him. Many of his detractors are listening because they feel vindicated, he explained, and still others are tuning in to hear what the fuss is about.

And while Axelrod and Team Obama try to set speed records distancing themselves from Bill Maher, they may have bigger problems with Al Sharpton.  Over to you, John Nolte:

The left has started a war against Rush Limbaugh — a war it cannot win. Limbaugh said something for which he later apologized, and rather than accept that apology, the left and its media allies decided to exploit the situation, turning it into a crusade to take an opposing voice off the air.

Even the White House has jumped on this neo-fascist bandwagon. Not the Obama campaign. The White House. The People’s House. …

Using MSNBC’s own standards, should the man who once said the following be allowed to hold a primetime MSNBC slot?

White folks was in the cave when we were building empires. We learned to admire them, but they knew to admire us. We built pyramids without a ____, ____ new architecture ____. We talked philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.

Pass the popcorn!

Update: Tom Maguire catches the New York Times not covering news … again.


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White folks was in the cave when we were building empires. We learned to admire them, but they knew to admire us. We built pyramids without a ____, ____ new architecture ____. We talked philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.

Man do I like the way black clergy like Sharpton, Wright, and Farakahn are able to bring this nation together by their message of peace and tolerance.

Happy Nomad on March 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Know them by their deeds…

Seven Percent Solution on March 14, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I’m enjoying this no end..

The whole thing about being a sanctimonious prig like most liberals are, is they are gobsmacked when people notice how hypocritical they’ve been on this. I’m using this example now to show my daughter just why she should never buy into the liberal dogma the schools are preaching.

She loves Sarah,.. and at 12, 13 next month, I figure she’s entitled to learn on her own, make up her own mind..

She knows I get worked up enough to throw something, and asks..

Let’s just say, when shown the articles, she doesn’t think Obama cares about her very much, or any liberal, if that’s how they treat women who disagree with them.

mark81150 on March 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Marketwatch’s Chuck Jaffe has named Carbonite “Stupid Investment of the Week,” while also claiming that the Limbaugh show pull-out had nothing to do with it at all. No, nothing at all.

Instead, he points to the firm’s Form 10-K released this week. The one that shows nearly all of Carbonite’s gross profits, some $37 million, went to pay for sales and marketing costs, i.e., money paid to advertise on the Limbaugh show.

But the fact that Carbonite has forever lost the biggest bang it had for those bucks means nothing. Nothing at all. Carbonite just hit a new 52-week low yesterday afternoon.

de rigueur on March 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM

We talked philosophy and astrology and mathematics

LOL.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Al Sharpton: Colossus who stands astride the intellectual world.

Dextrous on March 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

White folks was in the cave when we were building empires. We learned to admire them, but they knew to admire us. We built pyramids without a ____, ____ new architecture ____. We talked philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.

Do you have *any* idea how painful it is to hear this drivel…to have to have listen to it as a New Yorker, and to see him lauded as a *representative* of the Black American community?

Hey Al! Reverend Ike called and wants his shtick back!

BlaxPac on March 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

No big deal. If Axelrod bails then Bill “c***” Maher usually can get Je$$e “Hymie-town” Jack$on to show up and chime in on the importance of sensitivity issues, and crackers.

viking01 on March 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

BlaxPac on March 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I keep thinking that “REV” Al Sharpton is really an atheist. If he believes in an almighty, how is he going to explain his devious behavior?

Dr Evil on March 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Come to think of it, doesn’t Obama remind you of Wyle E. Coyote?

Kingfisher on March 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

We didn’t pay for Wyle E.Coyote’s Acme bill, though. We do with The One. *sigh*

Kevin K. on March 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Sign the petitions! The lefties have apparently garnered 25,000 signatures on a petition to remove Rush from Armed Forces Radio and this number of signatures requires the WretchedHive to respond. So, help with turnabout:

Keep Rush on AFR

Kick Maher to the curb

Thanks to twitchy.com for the heads-up.

stukinIL4now on March 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Bill Maher is the de-facto leader of the liberal Democrat party.

SD Tom on March 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Sign the petitions! The lefties have apparently garnered 25,000 signatures on a petition to remove Rush from Armed Forces Radio and this number of signatures requires the WretchedHive to respond. So, help with turnabout:

Have any of these petitions ever worked?

NoFanofLibs on March 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Sign the petitions! The lefties have apparently garnered 25,000 signatures on a petition to remove Rush from Armed Forces Radio and this number of signatures requires the WretchedHive to respond. So, help with turnabout

If I didn’t have to ‘create an account’ with whitehouse.gov, I would sign it. As it is, I’m not signing it and wish I hadn’t of been linked to the site to begin with.

bridgetown on March 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Way to go, guys! Make the Alinsky-ites choke on their own tactics. But I won’t be satisfied until Obama publicly apologizes for Maher’s egregious sexism and publicly tells his superPAC to return every cent of Maher’s $1 million.

catsandbooks on March 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

which amounts to half of what the super-PAC has managed to raise:

Made your bed Progressive ilk, lie in your filth.

PappyD61 on March 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

NoFanofLibs on March 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM
bridgetown on March 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I don’t really expect the petitions to work, not even the one to get Rush booted. But 25,000 signatures compels the WH to respond. The idea is to make a statement. Every time the left opens its mouth to screech and complain–which is every time the left opens its mouth–then we have to screech back at them. Creating the account takes only about a minute. This is your First Amendment protected right to free speech and right to petition, in action. You have a choice of whether or not to speak out and I respect your choice not to. But I know there are others like me who want to go on the record so I posted the links for those who do.

stukinIL4now on March 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The problem here, of course, is that Bill Maher is not an “equivalent” to Limbaugh. Limbaugh makes hundreds of millions of dollars and is listened to by over 15 million listeners a week. Maher is lucky to reach 200,000 viewers a week.

These advertiser boycotts are a serious threat to conservative media. It’s high time we started responding in kind. The next time a left-leaning pundit or celebrity says something offensive, we need to launch a major campaign like the left does to silence them. Only when the left starts feeling the same kind of “pinch” as the right will we have a chance at a detente.

Outlander on March 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Any CEO who allows politics to affect the sale of products s/b fired.

Boycott all who quit the show.

They are free to quit.

You are free to quit supporting them.

Service Magic home contractor

Hadeed Carpets

Accuquote Life Insurance

Vitacost vitamin supplier

Bonobos clothing company

Sensa weight- loss program

Thompson Creek Windows

AOL

Tax Resolution Services

ProFlowers

Legal Zoom online document creator

Carbonite web security firm

Citrix software maker

Sleep Train Mattresses

Sleep Number mattresses

Quicken Loans

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Cascades Dental

Consolidated Credit Counseling Services

Constant Contact email marketing firm

Philadelphia Orchestra

Reputation Rhino online reputation consulting firm

St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Cunningham Security

Regal Assets precious medal investment group

Freedom Debt Relief

Norway Savings Bank

Portland Ovations performing arts center

Stamps.com
These companies say their ads were mistakenly run during Limbaugh’s program and have contacted radio stations and media buyers to ensure their ads do not run during his program again.
JCPenney

Capital One

Goodwill

Geico

Sears

PolyCom web conferencing
The following companies said they did not intentionally have their ads run during Limbaugh’s show, but are also not specifically taking steps to remove the ads from his time slot.
John Deere

Bethesda Sedation Dentistry

Amberen menopause medication
Other news outlets have reported that the following companies have pulled their advertisements. ABC News is working to confirm.
Downeast Energy

Matrix Direct

Netflix

RSVP Discount Beverage (declined to comment to ABC whether they had pulled their ads)

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Rush, the band, featuring multi time guest on Bill Maher, Neal Peart.

Yes, he used to be smarter, once upon a time.

MNHawk on March 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Rush, the band, featuring multi time guest on Bill Maher, Neal Peart.

Yes, he used to be smarter, once upon a time.

MNHawk on March 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Wow, that is pretty disappointing. Neal (the brain behind the lyrics) used to sound almost Randian. That goofy hat he always wore must have constricted his brain.

Dirt McGirt on March 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

With Rev. Race-Baiter and Maher (pronounced MORON) as J@ck@ss Party (their party’s symbol) front men, a conservative Daffy Duck could get elected against the J@ck@ss-In-Chief this November!?! So why is the RepublicRAT establishment PUSHING a LIBERAL???? It’s like replacing the LIAR-In-Chief with the (R) version!?!

Colatteral Damage on March 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

So Rush baited them and it took. He then gave his apology knowing full well that the liberals have no class and the inability to play the long game and now they’re being blown back.

In a month no one will really care, but it exposes once again the liberal agenda. Give Rush major props for putting himself at risk once again to make the point. Never doubt, always wait until it plays out.

Also, credit must be given to the Breitbart crowd and US CONSERVATIVES for jumping on it and getting Maher’s name out there and bringing a very bright light to shine on him as well as Louis CK (hearty props to Greta Van Susteren (sp?) on that one).

See what happens when we don’t acquiesce? Just another slow chip away at the LSM and liberals and their influence.

kim roy on March 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM

While Axelrod scolds Limbaugh, it is worth pointing out that in a 2009 discussion on NPR about the Obama family’s plans for a new dog, Axelrod said that Obama had narrowed the choices down and “Miss California was in the top three.” Axelrod was crudely referring to pageant contestant Carrie Prejean, who earned the wrath of the left for daring to state that marriage was intended to be between a man and a woman. Axelrod believes referring to a woman as a “dog” is funny and clever — and justified because the target is a conservative. He would have fit right in with Maher.

Colony14 on March 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I saw the Politico piece on Axelrod and Maher earlier. Anybody else notice Politico had locked out the comments block on the story?

Kevin71 on March 14, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Hey, lay off Rev. Al. As he explained when it came time to pay off Steve Pagones, the poor guy doesn’t even own his $3000 suits. He obviously needs that MSNBC gig!

SukieTawdry on March 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

kim roy on March 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM

if you take a look at the WH petition to not remove Rush from AFR, you would be a bit nervous. Where are the dittoheads!?!

screwauger on March 15, 2012 at 7:25 AM

White folks was in the cave when we were building empires. We learned to admire them, but they knew to admire us. We built pyramids without a ____, ____ new architecture ____. We talked philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.

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Yeah, Revrum, I hear’s ya but fact of tomato is those projects were in Saharan Africa, not sub-Saharan Africa where your folks hailed from. Your folks left no written language, no monumental buildings or no dominant societies. It was all villages, bro!
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Not criticizing, bro, jes sayin’…
ExpressoBold on March 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM

It’s entirely possible and likely that they were taken and enslaved for many things including the building of the pyramids

Can someone fill in the blank, I’ll try

We bulge da peermids widout a YTs mudda fuggin new archatexture an sheet

Nome sane?

Sonosam on March 15, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Bulge = bilt. Lol

Seriously, judging by sharp ton the advocate could you argue if he has the ability to stuff a pillow with feathers adequately

Black people Could throw this troll into a volcano a d it would do them well

Sonosam on March 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM

We talked philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.

And in other news:

“There once was a man from Nantucket…”

Mr_Magoo on March 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Rush is ALWAYS right and today is riding the crest of another successful attack on the liberal ideologues while I am sitting here LMAO at every naysayer who posted tripe against this historically successful man.

As Rush loves to state, “Conservatism works every time it is tried.”

DannoJyd on March 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

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