Axelrod: I sure am disappointed that Romney didn’t criticize Rush more harshly

posted at 9:37 pm on March 15, 2012 by Allahpundit

So, to answer my own question from this afternoon — no, I guess we’re not quite done with this yet. And to repeat a point I made in that same post, for politicos and their apparatchiks, this “debate” is of course 99 percent about partisanship. When asked about Rush’s comments, Romney tersely said, “It’s not the language I would have used.” When asked about Maher this afternoon, though, he unloaded:

In an appearance on the Sean Hannity radio show, Romney said, “Frankly, what Bill Maher said, and I finally read the transcripts, I was offended, outraged that a person would say that on TV and would not have been called on the carpet before now and not apologized for it. To have the Obama campaign retain a million dollars from Bill Maher, it is simply outrageous. I don’t condone that kind of language and particularly in a public setting, a TV setting.… It’s just gone way beyond the pale.”

Romney did not stipulate which transcript he had reviewed, but Maher has used inappropriate language to attack conservative women, including Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. Much of what he said is not publishable, but he did call Palin “a bully who sells patriotism like a pimp, and the leader of a strange family of inbred weirdos.”…

Romney and Obama have one thing in common, though. Both are calling for more civil discourse in politics. Romney told Hannity, “Republicans and Democrats disagree on issues, and we have differing viewpoints, but this level of outrageous and incendiary language has got to stop. We’re going to have to come together and deal with these deficits and take action to make America more competitive. This has just got to stop.”

Here’s Axelrod running through the checklist of Democratic talking points on Rush/Maher. Maher’s trying to be funny (not really), Palin’s a public figure (so am I, says Erin Burnett), Limbaugh controls the GOP as if it’s his own personal puppet show (four words: “Republican nominee John McCain”), blah blah blah. Earnest question: Has The One had any “Sistah Souljah moments” while in office of the sort Axelrod’s demanding of Romney here vis-a-vis Rush? He had a nice moment in his Tucson speech last year when, contra the left’s frenzy, he denied that political rhetoric had motivated Gabby Giffords’s attacker, but he didn’t call anyone out by name. His usual M.O. is to position himself above the fray by calling for civility while never quite taking anyone on his own side specifically to task, but there may be examples that I’ve forgotten. When he was pressed to criticize the “war on women” nonsense last week at his briefing, he said he didn’t want to act as arbiter of what is and isn’t rhetorically appropriate — even though he had done so just minutes earlier in talking about Limbaugh. His golden opportunity was of course his speech on race in 2008 after the Wright thing blew up, but the whole point of that was how he wouldn’t disown Wright any more than he’d disown his own grandmother notwithstanding how obnoxious their rhetoric might have been at times. David French’s read on O dating back to his time at Harvard Law is exactly right, I think. If he’s in a liberal milieu where cretins like Bill Ayers are “mainstream,” then he’s happy to gladhand them. No judgment, ever.

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I can only pray that someday we might have this much media attention about something that doesn’t concern what’s between our waists and our knees. This slobbering obsession with the sexual is beneath pathetic.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on March 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

This makes me wonder what is going on that they (the politicians) don’t want us to see or hear about? They ususally use this tactic to divert attention away from a bill that is due up for debate, or a law that as up for discussion. So What is Going on That they are afraid we the people will find out about??

danalind on March 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I sure am disappointed that you are still around.

chai on March 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Really, David? Given you penchant for destroying opponents with sexual scandal, I would think this would be right up your alley.

Or, were you faking us?


EdmundBurke247 on March 16, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I can imagine all of these Libs sitting around their daily Lib meeting sulking and asking themselves “Why didn’t this work? Why did this not take Limbaugh down?” Oh well, maybe next time.

SGinNC on March 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

From The Obama Timeline:

“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…”

It’s a shame Erin Burnett did not ask Obama’s hatchet man about his Prejean comment.

Colony14 on March 16, 2012 at 6:14 PM