Video: Axelrod dodges CNN question on “private sector doing fine” … three times; Update: “Fine?”

posted at 10:16 am on June 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s going to be a long day for Team Obama. David Axelrod appeared on CNN’s State of the Union a few minutes ago to attempt to spin the disastrous press conference on Friday, and Candy Crowley asked him directly no less than three times if he agreed with President Obama that “the private sector is doing fine.” Axelrod refuses to give a direct answer on all three occasions, the first two of which are captured in this clip from the GOP:

Axelrod tried to turn the question around to the same point Obama wanted to make, which was that the big problem in the economy is in the public sector, where 500,000 jobs have been lost.  The Wall Street Journal addressed that point on Friday evening:

It’s true that government spending is part of GDP, and spending more can boost reported GDP for a time. But the lesson of the stimulus—which spent hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to the states—is that this boost is temporary and fades when the spending ends.

Mr. Obama also misdiagnoses state and local government layoffs. They aren’t the result of falling state and local revenues, which have increased by 6% over the last two years, according to the Census Bureau. The problem is that the cost of worker benefits is growing faster than revenues. Governments are having to lay off workers to pay for their rising pension and health bills. …

The fair if depressing takeaway from Mr. Obama’s press conference is that he continues to believe, despite three and a half years of failure, that more government spending is the key to faster growth and that government really doesn’t need to reform. This is how you get a jobless rate above 8% for 40 months and the weakest economic recovery in 60 years.

It’s also how one comes away thinking that “the private sector is doing fine” when its only adding jobs at an 86,300-per-month pace over the recovery, with its latest report a +69,000, numbers well under the 125K-150K pace needed to keep up with population growth.

Update: Team Romney hit Obama with a new web ad today on this same point, titled “Fine?”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.”

·         PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.”(President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 6/8/12)

WOMAN: “We’ve seen layoffs, cutbacks.”
MAN: “When it’s all said and done I’m making $200 a month.”
WOMAN: “I’ve been looking for a job for two years haven’t found any.”
MAN: “I had to file my own personal bankruptcy and had to close my business.”
WOMAN: “Here I am. No healthcare and a slashed pension.”

WOMAN: “I just lost my job recently.”

WOMAN: “I have to work part-time in order to make ends meet.”
MAN: “Sometimes I feel like I’m a failure.”
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine.” (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 6/8/12)

·         PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine.” (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 6/8/12)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine.” (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 6/8/12)

·         PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine.” (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 6/8/12)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine.” (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 6/8/12)

James Carville once said, “They can’t punch back if you keep your fist in their face.”  Looks like the Romney campaign learned that lesson well.  Note too that this could easily be worked into a 30- or 60-second TV spot … and probably will.


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Axelrod refuses to give a direct answer on all three occasions

Dr. Goebbels and Uncle Joe Stalin would approve.

Del Dolemonte on June 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Europe. Europe. Europe. Europe ain’t your problem, Mr. President.

Rational Thought on June 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

The private sector exists to fund the State. The State is everything.

They really, really believe this, folks.

Bat Chain Puller on June 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Since the Public Sector cannot, by definition, create wealth, it is always a net negative on an economy.

OldEnglish on June 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

…the more you look at it…it was not this moronic “TEAM” that gave us JugEars in 2008…it was the MSM and the misfits from McCan’t.

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Broken axel snaps.

Stark. Raving. Mad.

Welcome to the jungle, baby?

Sherman1864 on June 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I’m liking Romney more everyday. Go Mitt!

VegasRick on June 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

and yet, ;ater on in the program, candy crowley doesn’t think this gaffe will stick…..

hello

cmsinaz on June 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Bat Chain Puller on June 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Yes they do and it will continue to sew derision.

CorporatePiggy on June 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Bush w/ 5% unemployment = recession

Obama w/ 8%(false) with <100k jobs added per month = utopia

I was a kid when Reagan was around, but if I remember correctly didn't the left and the media(I repeat myself) try to spin the economic recovery as "leaving people behind?" The economic explosion was so grand that they had to focus on "leaving people behind" but with our current economic stagnation everything is hunky dory.

Media….have you no shame?

Meat Fighter on June 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Obama is still yelling “Yahtzee” and doesn’t realize he could have used his “Get out of Jail” card when he had the chance.

fistbump on June 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

No, let’s talk about Bill Clinton being senile.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

go mitt!

if dear leader can do it to mccain in 08 then they shouldn’t be complaining when you hit back with their strategy….

cmsinaz on June 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

They triple down on stupidity hoping against all hope that the unwashed masses will not notice. WI was “game over” for this thinking and I thank God that it is happening. USA! USA! USA!

VegasRick on June 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I hope all the bho team keeps right on talking trying to un-do bho’s mess! It seems they aren’t doing a bang up job so far?

Good for Mitt/team. I am happy they are finally getting some guts to go after bho/team!
L

letget on June 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

If Axelrod (who I still maintain looks eerily like a concussed G. Gordon Liddy)is the best spinmeister The One can come up with after Friday’s crash-and-burn, I’d say that His re-election campaign strategy looks about as practical as Operation Seelowe, the German plan for an amphibious invasion of Britain in 1940-41.

(In case you didn’t know, the German General Staff planned it as basically a river crossing exercise. Uhh, no.)

The One seems to believe that He will be re-elected because he has done everything which progressive dogma insists is Right and Good. What He has actually accomplished is to prove that progressive dogmas don’t work in the real world. For that alone, we owe Him and the rest of His cronies (Pelosi, Reid, et al.) a vote of thanks.

The Democratic Party’s main problem right now is that they know The One is a drag on the ticket, but they have no practical way to dump Him.

They also have to figure out some way to repudiate Him without admitting that all He did was follow Party doctrine to the letter.

Because once they admit that, the game is up. The American people, who can look at Europe (or Detroit and Chicago, for that matter) and see the Democratic party “progressives’” endgame in action, will never trust them again. With very good reason.

This could be a very bad year for the Democrats.

/I hope.

cheers

eon

eon on June 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

but, mitt made a greater gaffe saying he doesn’t want to hire firemen and policemen.
-lsm defense

cmsinaz on June 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

He really has no clue whatsoever whats going on with small business. You can even plan the next year much less a three year plan. No clue on how Obamacare will affect us or if it will be upheld. No clue on whether the bush tax cuts will be extended. No clue on the state of energy costs with no viable energy plan proposed. No clue on further more onerous regulations on the horizan. We have a small business and everyone we know with a small business or in our industry is in the same position. Total uncertainty and the current government is doing everything in its power to keep us from succeeding and if we do succeed they want to take what profit we make from our own sweat equity and risk and redistibute it while demonizing us.

ldbgcoleman on June 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Axelrod tried to turn the question around to the same point [he wanted Obama to make] Obama wanted to make, which was that the big problem in the economy is in the public sector, where 500,000 jobs have been lost.

FIFY. The original wording made it sound like 0bama actually had some input into what he says.

BTW, that was Candy Crowley? Huh. I thought it was Chaz/Chastity Bono.

bofh on June 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

The “team” did and said only one thing, Barack is not George W. Bush and McCain said Barack is not a socialist, end of story.

tim c on June 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Keep shoveling Dave, eventually you will empty out the bullsh!t just in time for your Master to open up his trap again and spew some more. What a delicious few past weeks watching these clowns be unmasked.

hillsoftx on June 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

but, mitt made a greater gaffe saying he doesn’t want to hire firemen and policemen.
-lsm defense

cmsinaz on June 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

What is funny is that I thought it was an ad favoring Romney talking about not hiring more FF and cops. We can’t afford any more!

VegasRick on June 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I hope Romney doesn’t drive “economy is fine” into the ground without making a larger argument about public vs. private and making up for his own gaffe about “no more firefighters” by giving it context.

I think “the fundamentals are strong” gaffe may have had some impact on McCain because the meme was that he was a doddering old man that may really have been not there some of the time.

Anyone think that about Obama? No. Potential voters DO think he favors public over private, and that’s the point that must be driven home.

bobs1196 on June 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Poor Axe. No wonder so many liberals want to outlaw Dodgeball.

Buy Danish on June 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Scott Walker says Mitt needs to go big and go bold. I agree. Time to punch hard, Mitt.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

We can’t afford any more!

VegasRick on June 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

exactamundo

cmsinaz on June 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

So – according to Obama and his buddies – all we have to do is more stimulus and grow government some more and all will be well. Sheesh. These people are economically illiterate and insane. But that’s their ideology: in bad times, their solution is more government spending; in good times, another excuse for more government spending.

TarheelBen on June 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

ldbgcoleman on June 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Well put. And that shows you what a putz administration this is.

VegasRick on June 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

OMG

Well, George Stephy is practically licking David Axelrod’s fur and putting him under his paw. When George Stephy and David Axelrod get together to purr, it’s Mitt Romney all the time. Obama Who? Not one follow up question on his spin.

Marcus on June 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I am impressed, yet again, at how nimble that the Romney folks are at capitalizing on these statements. Obama’s record can’t lay a glove on Romney’s and once Team Obama tries to jab, they end up hitting themselves in the jaw and Team Romney is following with a 1-2 to the body then the head.

As Kat Parker stated Friday, “yes, that is blood that you smell.”

If this keeps up, then it’s going to be like Rocky in between the 7th and 8th rounds……. cut me Mick..

ted c on June 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Yes, but what about Seamus surfing on the roof of that SUV?

CorporatePiggy on June 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Marcus on June 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

t

thanks for the heads up, will not be watching that love fest

cmsinaz on June 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Since the Public Sector cannot, by definition, create wealth, it is always a net negative on an economy.

OldEnglish on June 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Which is something that seems to escape socialists/communists/marxists/maoists/liberals/progressives/democrats over and over and over and over……

Oldnuke on June 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

This piece of slime is almost like a cartoon character. Keep putting him out there as the face of the Obama campaign, yes. Please, please do.

Right Mover on June 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

One more reason why the Obama bus is lurching and clanging along.

It has a mangled Axlerod.

HotAirian on June 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Man. Axelrod is sad. He actually said that hiring more public sector employees would grow the private sector. Ax must know where all the skeletons are buried, because I have no idea how he keeps his job or is allowed to speak in public.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

what we need is MoAR* ^Pr3sS #CoNFRenCEs!@#!
/

ted c on June 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I’ll take that as a no. The 0 Economy™ is not doing fine. Axlerod will continue to twist in the wind like a broken limb.

Bmore on June 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

One more reason why the Obama bus is lurching and clanging along.

It has a mangled Axlerod.

HotAirian on June 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Heh!!

ted c on June 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Axelrod on ABC with Snuffy …………

“We’ve been tougher on leaks than any administration and we’ve been criticized for that.”

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

fogw on June 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

It’s the end of the world as we know, and Team Obama feels fine…..

ted c on June 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

OMG

Well, George Stephy is practically licking David Axelrod’s fur and putting him under his paw. When George Stephy and David Axelrod get together to purr, it’s Mitt Romney all the time. Obama Who? Not one follow up question on his spin.

Marcus on June 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

You get the feeling that before the White House OKed Axelrod’s appearance on ABC today, they wanted to know if Stephonopolous or Tapper was going to be hosting the show, just to make sure there was no chance of any journalism being conducted during the interview.

jon1979 on June 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Ann Coulter is pounding on Obama and intelligence leaks on ABC. She just berated the panel. LOL

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Obama and his gaggle of merry Marxists have no definitive answers . . . they’re only hope is that the people are blatantly stupid.

rplat on June 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

It’s interesting how the tools in Team BO define a healthy public sector by excessive hiring and bloated pensions. A shrinking public sector is my definition of a healthy government body.

David in ATL on June 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I’ll stand up for the Axe a little here. He didn’t use the word headwinds once nor did he refer to punching above their weight.

a capella on June 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

they wanted to know if Stephonopolous or Tapper was going to be hosting the show, just to make sure there was no chance of any journalism being conducted during the interview.

Huh? Mister Snuffleuppagus and “journalism” don’t belong in the same sentence. Tapper, maybe, but not Snuffy.

bofh on June 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

This could be a very bad year for the Democrats.

/I hope.

cheers

eon

eon on June 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I hope it is their last year.

ericdijon on June 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

While I have serious concerns about Romney being a conservative small government guy his campaign is just kicking the crap out of team zero.

The entire meme that he is a great campaigner and speaker is proving to be a joke as is his entire presidency. I would be shocked to learn that he is above average in any intellectual category. If he is not reading something someone else wrote for him he is almost as bad as Biden.

jdsbengaltiger on June 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

heh! “Frenemies” by Ramirez is awesome. I thought we’d see a cameo by the “Cory Booker Memorial Woodshed” or something, but it was pretty funny anyway.

ted c on June 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

…the more you look at it…it was not this moronic “TEAM” that gave us JugEars in 2008…it was the MSM and the misfits from McCan’t.

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Duh. Perfect storm. Nothing more. Black worship. Media. Popular culture. Worst candidate in history. 8 years Bush bashing.

Lanceman on June 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Woodward/Bernstein on Deface the Nation: the Nixon White House became a “criminal enterprise.” Don’t these guys see it? Everything they say can be applied to this gang of thugs in the Obama White House.

TarheelBen on June 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Since the Public Sector cannot, by definition, create wealth, it is always a net negative on an economy.

OldEnglish on June 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Exactly. Government has always been and always will be a wealth destroyer, not a wealth creator.

ButterflyDragon on June 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Man. Axelrod is sad. He actually said that hiring more public sector employees would grow the private sector. Ax must know where all the skeletons are buried, because I have no idea how he keeps his job or is allowed to speak in public.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

This is what they actually believe!

22044 on June 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM

OMG, Axelrod says we have storm clouds coming in from Europe. Would that be in addition to the strong headwinds that are killing off the green shoots.

These people are too cute by half.

petefrt on June 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Snuffy brings up Bain again, in attack mode.

They got nuthin.

Romney wins.

fogw on June 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

ted c on June 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

He’s great. If Rahm was still at the WH, Booker would have been inundated with dead fish.

BTW: I don’t know what Ramirez named the cartoon. I needed a title to post it on my blog and came up with the obious. So, if you look for it online under that name for any reason, you won’t find it. To me, it’s pretty clear they hate each other.

LOL :-)

Resist We Much on June 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

That ad is killer. Run it ASAP and keep running it.

gophergirl on June 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Axelrod is sad. He actually said that hiring more public sector employees would grow the private sector.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

He must have been consulting with Nazi Pelosi, who says unemployment compensation is a great job-creator.

I guess this kind of economics illiteracy is what you should expect when you allow people to make a career out of politics.

petefrt on June 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Snuffy brings up Bain again, in attack mode.

They got nuthin.

Romney wins.

fogw on June 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Just you wait until october – “BREAKING NEWS!!!! Mitt Romney pulled Maryjane Smith’s pigtails when he was 9 years old!!!”

VegasRick on June 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Huh? Mister Snuffleuppagus and “journalism” don’t belong in the same sentence. Tapper, maybe, but not Snuffy.

bofh on June 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

That was my point — If Tapper had been hosting, odds are Axlerod would have been directed away from ABC and over to the friedlier confines of Bob Schieffer’s interview chair on “Face the Nation”. Since George S. was there, they were confident he wouldn’t do anything that might cause Axe any extra discomfort (and judging how things turned out on CNN this morning, the White House is probably crossing Candy Crowley off their “Guaranteed Softball Interview Questioner” list).

jon1979 on June 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

That was crazy, He just did not answer the question.

I was expecting him to say something like, “I agree with the President who said later the private sector is not doing fine”

boogaleesnots on June 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

the White House is probably crossing Candy Crowley off their “Guaranteed Softball Interview Questioner” list).

jon1979 on June 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Heh. Runnin’ low on friendlies, eh?

Lanceman on June 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

ABC just led with that Romney ad, and is asking Axelrod to respond to it now.

stldave on June 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Okay, this is how it works. I’m going to ask you a question. You ignore the question and spout a bunch of talking points.

The Rogue Tomato on June 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Okay, this is how it works. I’m going to ask you a question. You ignore the question and spout a bunch of talking points.

The Rogue Tomato on June 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

That’s called waffling.

Lanceman on June 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

ABC just led with that Romney ad, and is asking Axelrod to respond to it now.

stldave on June 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Now FNC is running it.

petefrt on June 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

What timing Comrades Obama and Axelrod have. They are calling for the expansion of the government work force right after the historically blue state of Wisconsin overwhelming voted to affirm laws that constrain the growth of government worker salary and benefits after an epic 18 month recall battle.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Keep digging your hole deeper Comrade Axelrod.

farsighted on June 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

jon1979 on June 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

So, are we starting to see what Rush calls “random acts of journalism” here from Snuffy and Chaz Bono Crowley, or were they trying to be helpful but Axe whiffed on their softballs? IOW, did they open those topics because they thought that Axe would come prepared to explain them away?

bofh on June 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

That’s called waffling.

Lanceman on June 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

Resist We Much on June 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Europe. Europe. Europe. Europe ain’t your problem, Mr. President.

Europe is not our problem but it could be our future if we continue to follow the public sector down the same path Europe has followed for decades. Just as it would be irresponsible to give money to state and local governments until they address their retirement benefit programs, it would be irresponsible to give money to Europe as long as their economy is a mixture of a bloated government sector and a hidden gray economy.

Laurence on June 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I hope to read a headline someday about him dodging a subpoena.

Knott Buyinit on June 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Okay, this is how it works. I’m going to ask you a question. You ignore the question and spout a bunch of talking points.

The Rogue Tomato on June 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

it’s the “Anthony Weiner Defense”…..just to buy time.

ted c on June 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I’m curious to hear what Dianne Feinstein has to say about the leak investigation in a few minutes on FTN.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Heh. Runnin’ low on friendlies, eh?

Lanceman on June 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

To be fair to the White House, they were minus their preferred super-softball questioner option this morning, since the French Open tennis tournament took away Axelrod’s ability to go on “Meet the Press” and get tongue-bathed by David Gregory. CNN was probably the No. 3 option since NBC wasn’t available today.

jon1979 on June 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

Resist We Much on June 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Inside joke with the rogue.

Lanceman on June 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Snuffy brings up Bain again, in attack mode.

They got nuthin.

Romney wins.

fogw on June 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Later on the bent axel made a really great quote that I am hoping will come back to haunt both him and the regime.
When talking about how all Romeny’s ideas are bad he erroneously commmented that:
(private enterprise jobs)create wealth at the expense of workers
just too good.Right out of the commie manifesto.

rodguy911 on June 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

FTN.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

???

VegasRick on June 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Axelrod is sad. He actually said that hiring more public sector employees would grow the private sector.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

He must think the majority of independent voters are stupid enough to buy that.

Most should see he is insulting their intelligence.

Only in some Rube Golbergish socialist pseudo-economic scheme could that even be made to seem possible on paper, and only then using smoke, mirrors, and some invisible ink.

farsighted on June 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Ed Rendell on ABC ………….

“I don’t think President Obama would leak anything that might harm our troops. He cares deeply about them.”

I KILLED BIN LADEN!

- B. Hussein Obama

fogw on June 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

The fair if depressing takeaway from Mr. Obama’s press conference is that he continues to believe, despite three and a half years of failure, that more government spending is the key to faster growth and that government really doesn’t need to reform.

.
Democrats accused Dubya of being stubborn all through his administration. Will they now warn Ø not to be stubborn since the real possibility of defeat is at hand? Will they instead claim that lies are the truth and the truth is a lie?
.
Bark Øbama: stubborn in the face of mounting evidence of administration failure!

ExpressoBold on June 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

Resist We Much on June 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Inside joke with the rogue.

Lanceman on June 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

That’s an Obama quote. Seriously.

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

Whhaaaaaaaa! Whhaaaaaaaa! Whhaaaaaaaa!

Resist We Much on June 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

the White House is probably crossing Candy Crowley off their “Guaranteed Softball Interview Questioner” list).

jon1979 on June 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Heh. Runnin’ low on friendlies, eh?

Lanceman on June 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I prefer to call them “useful idiots”.

Del Dolemonte on June 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

FTN = Face the Nation.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

You know what this campaign needs? More Slurpee jokes cowbell!!

JohnGalt23 on June 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

When talking about how all Romeny’s ideas are bad he erroneously commmented that:
(private enterprise jobs)create wealth at the expense of workers
just too good.Right out of the commie manifesto.

rodguy911 on June 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

From your keyboard to Mitts ears.

petefrt on June 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Candy Crowley: Mr. Axelrod, as the chief strategist of President Obama’s re-election campaign, what can you say you will do, specifically, that will address joblessness.

David Axelrod: Let’s talk about Richard Nixon and how Bob and Carl exposed that dirty trickster!

Candy Crowley: That sounds good to me. Let’s do that. Let’s talk about Richard Nixon.

Punchenko on June 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

ANN COULTER IS BRILLIANT!!!

The ABC panel goes around the table, with even Schmuch Huckabee agreeing that Obama “knew nothing” about the White House classified leaks, and Coulter throws cold water on everybody stating she darn well thinks HE leaked it.

“You Democrats! Al Queada is out enemy and you people went ballistic when Bush wanted to DETAIN them! And there is Obama boasting he wants to randomly KILL them! And you say ‘Oh, we’re at war’ !”

Marcus on June 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Sorry if someone already said this….

LET ME BE CLEAR!!!!!!!!!!!

txag92 on June 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

“I don’t think President Obama would leak anything that might harm our troops. He cares deeply about them.”

But, Pakistani doctors, who provide critical information and are sentenced to 30 years in prison as a result of working with the US and that relationship being leaked to the New York Times, aren’t “our troops,” are they, Mr Rendell?

Resist We Much on June 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

So, are we starting to see what Rush calls “random acts of journalism” here from Snuffy and Chaz Bono Crowley, or were they trying to be helpful but Axe whiffed on their softballs? IOW, did they open those topics because they thought that Axe would come prepared to explain them away?

bofh on June 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Since Crowley asked the question three times, I think we were actually witnessing journalism here, even if Crowley was taking it from the angle of “I can’t believe how these guys are screwing up everything”, which is how disillusioned liberals are reacting to the recent gaffes.

If she had been trying help Axelrod out, she would have stopped at the second time she asked him about the private sector doing fine, knowing by then that David hadn’t come prepared to answer the most obvious question he was going to be asked after Obama’s press conference faux pas. Stephonopolous pretty much understood after the first go-round that Axe hadn’t come to the studio with any intention of directly answering the question, and as a result, let it drop without any follow-ups.

jon1979 on June 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

That’s an Obama quote. Seriously.

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

Whhaaaaaaaa! Whhaaaaaaaa! Whhaaaaaaaa!

Resist We Much on June 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Oh, I remember.

Took me six years to hate Clinton. Took 2 1/2 for this POS.

Lanceman on June 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

FTN = Face the Nation.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Duh. Thanks.

VegasRick on June 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

One of the key phrases that needs to change for Mitt is “private EQUITY”. They need to use the phrase private “INVESTMENT”.

/yes people are THAT stupid. Look what they did in 2008.

Key West Reader on June 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

The great PUBLIC sector …

Annual DEFICIT Spending: 8% of GDP (not including the Fed’s trillions of monetary expansion)
Annual “growth”: 2% of GDP

And I am just sick and tired of this bullsh!t “4.3 million jobs in 27 months”, which is friggin pathetic coming out of such a deep recession and with so much money spent by the governments (state and feral). We should be looking at nothing less than 6% growth coming out of this recession (which we aren’t coming out of but only treading water waiting to go back into), not some ridiculous 2% (pathetic in normal times, let alone on the alleged emergence from a deep recession) that this America-hating administration is trying to BIG LIE America into believing is great.

Stalin would be proud of the Dog-Eater and his junta of useless idiots. They are doing more to damage America, while employing the Big Lie, than any of our external enemies ever could have done. Face it, America, at some point you’ve had enough GDP growth and 2% is more than enough.

This administration’s insane deficit spending has mostly been oriented towards killing our growth. Its attempts to strangle us through regulations has been highly successful. Part of the “European problem” (aside from Europe’s own idiocy) is due to America having abdicated its position as economic growth engine of the world, thanks mostly to the Indonesian Imbecile’s anti-growth, anti-American, anti-private property policies, the idiotic anti-American and anti-growth legislation that the Indonesian and his junta on the Hill spent the first two years strangling America with, and the Indonesian Imbecile’s constant assault on America, Americans, and the Rule of Law which has made people hold back on doing anything until a non-retard, pro-American is in the White House so that the future can be in any way predictable … rather than the reign of empathy and constant pressure of social justice (i.e. revenge against America) that makes it impossible for any reasonable planning to be done.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Rep. Mike Rogers sounds as if he has little faith in the current state of the investigation. A good start, but it can’t be partisan. Fat chance that Zero and Co. won’t be hyperpolitical.

Feinstein has toned down her rhetoric, naturally, about appointment of a special prosecutor.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Maybe Barack believes the private sector is doing fine since he buys so many golf balls to avoid doung his job.

madmonkphotog on June 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I rarely watch these shows on lamestream news networks or moonbat cable, but I was curious this morning because of the leak investigation and I wanted to see Ax fall flat on his face. My work is done.

Philly on June 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Remember how Alfred Hitchcock was the master of suspense, and how he raised your level of excitement and kept your attention not by what was happening in the present, but by what you knew was about to happen.

After watching the Sunday morning lib anchors stumbling all over themselves trying their best to prop up what is a failed presidency, I’m having a Hitchcock moment.

I can sense what’s coming and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

fogw on June 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

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