Axelrod: An Obama win would “liberate” Republicans to work with Obama

posted at 2:41 pm on June 25, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

This kind of reminds me of that terrifyingly honest “I will transmit this information to Vladimir” hot-mic scene with President Obama and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev a while back, except that in Axelrod’s case, I think he is grossly misjudging the situation. President Obama may indeed be planning on unleashing his true policy desires (such as being more “flexible” with Russia, oh goody) if/when his reelection concerns are assuaged; but if Axelrod thinks Republicans are going to be more flexible after Obama is reelected because some of their policies are actually secretly aligned with Obama’s, or something… I think he’s got another thing coming.

In an interview with C-SPAN, Axelrod said there are plenty of Republicans who would like to work with Obama but have been unable to because of a “kind of reign of terror” in which any act of cooperation with the president was seen as a betrayal.

Yet Axelrod insisted there are Republicans “of good will” would would like to work with Obama.

“My belief is that when the president wins in November, we’re going to liberate these Republicans of good will,” Axelrod said.

He added that those Republicans will “blink into the light of a new day and they’re going to turn to the Grover Norquists of the world, frankly as Jeb Bush has recently, and say, ‘You know we did it your way, and frankly that was a failure for the country, and also for the Republican Party, and now we’re going to work together.’”

What is it going to take for President Obama and his minions to understand that all of these “do-nothing Congress” and “partisan gridlock” shenanigans have nothing to do with “good will” in and of itself? It has to do with the fact that Republicans fundamentally disagree with President Obama’s policies, and this is the way our system of governance was specifically designed to work.

The American people swept the Democrats through the 2008 elections, decided they didn’t like the result, and reversed course by electing a Republican House in the 2010 elections. We have two very different parties in power, and our Founders didn’t want either party to be able to trump the other. If President Obama does get reelected but we maintain the Congressional status quo, are things going to drastically change and President Obama suddenly find himself able to magically push through a bunch more liberal legislation? I wouldn’t bet on it.

Axelrod and his ilk are constantly suggesting that Republicans are just cutting their nose off to spite their collective face, but conservatives aren’t being extremists: They’re just blocking a bunch of Keynesian, big-government, big-spending policies from making it through. Which, by the way, is exactly what they were elected to do.

By the way: Thanks a bajillion, Jeb Bush, for painting the GOP as extreme in your haste to look moderate. I have to agree with Charles Krauthammer on that one:

A quite dispiriting spectacle. And more than a bit confusing. Why, just this week the estimable Jeb Bush averred that the Republican Party had become so rigidly right-wing that today it couldn’t even nominate Ronald Reagan.

Huh? It’s about to nominate Mitt Romney, who lives a good 14 nautical miles to the left of Ronald Reagan.


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Plain and simple, Axelrod is a moron.

pilamaye on June 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

The Republicans have already been willing to “work with” Obama (much as we’d rather they didn’t).

Obama isn’t willing to work WITH anyone.

There is no way that Weepy Boehner and Cave-In McConnell can be said to be hardliners against “reaching across the aisle” and “bipartisanship”.

wildcat72 on June 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

One day David will learn its best not to drop acid 90 minutes before an interview, you don’t want to peak as soon as the cameras turn on.

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

More delusion from the Left. I wonder what color the sky is in their world.

rbj on June 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Axelrod: An Obama win would “liberate” Republicans to work with Obama end America.

Fify, rat face. It’s not gonna matter.
Btw, have you sent a fruit basket or a clitoral knife set to the Egypt Brotherhood yet?

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

“My belief is that when the president wins in November, we’re going to liberate these Republicans of their good free will,” Axelrod said.

FIFY

nobar on June 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

OK, let’s follow this logic a little bit.

Why then after the 2010 midterms wasn’t Obama “liberated” to work with the new republican majority, who while the democrats have done nothing have passed many jobs bills. Or is Obama not “of good will”?

Scrappy on June 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Axelrod: An Obama win would “liberate” Republicans to work with Obama

Like all the ones that voted for O-Care?

Bitter Clinger on June 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I think Jeb has seen the GOP turning away from Bushism rather sharply since Obama has been President, and beginning a return to something resembling Reaganism. He naturally has a big problem with that, and now he is trying to do something about it the way centrist Republicans always have, go to the MSM to get the McCain-Lieberman types to join him against the “right-wingers”.

It is a different time now, I don’t think he will be satisfied with the outcome.

Brian1972 on June 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM

This man lives in a fantasy. They all do.

Its the only thing that explains what they do and what they say.

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM

An Obama loss would liberate us from an Obama dictatorship. I’ll go with that, thanks.

The Rogue Tomato on June 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

We’ll have more flexibility, I suppose../

tomg51 on June 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM

A king doesn’t need a Congress or Senate to work with him….. I really think that’s what azzholerod was thinking………

angrymike on June 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM

A quite dispiriting spectacle. And more than a bit confusing. Why, just this week the estimable Jeb Bush averred that the Republican Party had become so rigidly right-wing that today it couldn’t even nominate Ronald Reagan.

Huh? It’s about to nominate Mitt Romney, who lives a good 14 nautical miles to the left of Ronald Reagan.

What do we expect since Jeb said he “used to be conservative”?

Bitter Clinger on June 25, 2012 at 2:52 PM

An 0bama loss would liberate the rest of the country.

ProfShadow on June 25, 2012 at 2:52 PM

This is like Pelosi in 08 saying, “we have to elect more Dems to Congress, so it will be more bipartisan”.

But actually, the Axe is correct, for if obama is not reelected there will be no opportunity to work with him… You knew there was logic in there somewhere, right?

As for Jeb Bush, last week was a disgrace. Whatever regard I had for him is gone.

paul1149 on June 25, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Scott Walker has been liberated you douchebag Axelfraud.

FlaMurph on June 25, 2012 at 2:54 PM

David Axelrod and Debbie Wasserman Schultz are the faces of the Obama campaign.
Explain to me why anyone would be persuaded by these two slimy buffoons?

Right Mover on June 25, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Since the only people who need “liberating” are prisoners I guess Axelrod is finally acknowledging that the American people are being held against their will. Yep, that’s how it feels to me.

neyney on June 25, 2012 at 2:55 PM

More delusion from the Left. I wonder what color the sky is in their world.

rbj on June 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

Not sure about the color of the sky but I’m pretty sure there are unicorns there.

Bitter Clinger on June 25, 2012 at 2:55 PM

An Obama win would “liberate” Republicans to work with Obama

I get nauseated when I listen to Mr. Axelrod or Plouffe spew this sort of nonsense, but evidently 20% to 30% of our fellow citizens buy into such crocks.

If we could isolate the factor in the leftist makeup that keeps them from hurling when such non-sensical statements comes out of Obama operatives’ mouths, we would have the most effective anti-nausea medication ever developed. (We’d could get “extra strength” from those who don’t wretch when Debbie Wasserman Schultz opens her mouth)

MessesWithTexas on June 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Scott Walker has been liberated you douchebag Axelfraud.

FlaMurph on June 25, 2012 at 2:54 PM

+1000000

22044 on June 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

We have two very different parties in power, and our Founders didn’t want either party to be able to trump the other.

I think the Founders never imagined a two party system that we have today.

The Founders also probably assumed the Constitution would be a prime factor in all legislation, and that rogue elements and bad legislation would be moot.

It was probably a mistake to leave out a Constitutional review by the Judicial branch for all proposed legislation, but I get to make that statement only because I’m living the result of not having it.

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

If President Obama does get reelected but we maintain the Congressional status quo, are things going to drastically change and President Obama suddenly find himself able to magically push through a bunch more liberal legislation? I wouldn’t bet on it.

He won’t need to, now that he’s discovered the magic EO button.

a capella on June 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

What is it going to take for President Obama and his minions to understand that all of these “do-nothing Congress” and “partisan gridlock” shenanigans have nothing to do with “good will” in and of itself?

They understand it perfectly well. Their intent is to keep enough ignorant voters from figuring it out by portraying the GOP Congress as evil and partisan.

Right Mover on June 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

“My belief is that when the president wins in November, we’re going to liberate these Republicans of good will,” Axelrod said.

Golly, if he dares to refer to them as “Blue Dog” republican, Obama’s going to reach for the slat and pepper.

Don L on June 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I’d rather the Republicans remain in bondage to their principles, Mr. Axelrod.

theCork on June 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Axelrod is on the right track. After the election, there will be some Democrats of good will who will be willing to work with President Romney.

aunursa on June 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

WTF??

On topic, I think Axelrod is actually right. If Obama wins another term, we’ll see some “Stockholm Syndrome” Republicans who will start to support at least some of his proposals, however bad they are.

Something tells me, however, that if Romney wins we won’t see any leftwing pundits talking about how that “liberates” Democrats to work with him on legislation. These things are always one-way only.

jwolf on June 25, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Liberated? In an Arbeit macht frei sense?

apostic on June 25, 2012 at 2:58 PM

but if Axelrod thinks Republicans are going to be more flexible after Obama is reelected because some of their policies are actually secretly aligned with Obama’s, or something… I think he’s got another thing coming.

Not surprisingly, I’ve picked up this narrative/meme quite often over a the Washington Post while commenting/torturing the liberals. It’s almost as if Obama’s/Axelrod’s “lieutenants” are submitting that if Barack Obama, (once in office), had to end up embracing/using many of Bush’s policies to run this country, then Republicans MUST also follow/work with many of Obama’s agenda/programs/socialist/Marxist policies.

YOU MUST SUBMIT TO BEING FLEXIBLE WITH THE DEMOCRATS OR YOU’RE AN UNPATRIOTIC AMERICAN—-BUT IT’S A SECRET DON’T YOU KNOW?

Rovin on June 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Two words for Dave to explain why that won’t happen-

“I won”.

Obama shi’ite the bed WRT bipartisanship immediately after his first inauguration with that one statement.

teke184 on June 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM

And the sun will rise in the west when BHO is re-elected!

tomshup on June 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I liked ‘Meathead’ Stivic better on All In The Family. At least he had a few funny lines.

jangle12 on June 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Right because in Axelrod’s mind Republican’s really want to support Obama’s policies, but can’t because they are intimidated and threatened by their Conservative leaders. Not like Conservatives really have convictions or anything, they just want to stop an African American President from succeeding.

SGinNC on June 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Mr i won…has no intention of working with the gop

What. A crock

cmsinaz on June 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Axelrod believes that if Obama wins, the RINOs will turn to the Norquists and say, your way is a failure etc. OK.

What if Romney wins? Is Axelrod inviting the RINOs to hug the Koch brothers lovingly and embrace the triumph of conservativism, while the libs of the world turn to Soros and Krugman and give them a mighty “Up yours,” because their way was a failure? They’re going to have to anyhow, because the Overton window is not sliding in their direction.

Greek Fire on June 25, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Inexplicable Perplexing Jack*ss!
(sarc).

canopfor on June 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

A Romney win would “liberate” Democrats to work with anybody but the devil

J_Crater on June 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

A Romney win would “liberate” Democrats to work, but that would be slavery

J_Crater on June 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

6/25/2012 is duly noted. looks like we beat some sense into libfree

Hey Axelrod, Spector did that already. It didn’t work.

DanMan on June 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Hey libfreeordie, Personal experience?

bigmike on June 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Plain and simple, Axelrod is a moron.

pilamaye on June 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Plain and simple, Axelrod is bald. Quit with the sweep over.

Buck_Nekkid on June 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

As I posted a few times yesterday re this little nugget, Axeloon is just referring to the usual suspect RINOS like Orrin Hatch, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Scott Brown. Nothing new there.

stukinIL4now on June 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Yet Axelrod insisted there are Republicans “of good will” would would like to work with Obama.

And as we find out who they are, we vote them out of office. Who is it you have in mind there, Axelrod?

Night Owl on June 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I think it is important to remember that guys like Axelrod actually believe that most or all of the “common people” agree with the far-left Dems. And that it is only the actual GOP elected officials and a handful of uber-rich that are against the Dems. So they honestly think that we will pressure our congressmen to work with Obama because deep down we all actually agree with him.

It’s lunacy, I know… but these people believe it.

gravityman on June 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM

One day David will learn its best not to drop acid 90 minutes before an intetrview, you don’t want to peak as soon as the cameras turn on.

libfreeordie on June 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

well, i have to admit i laughed (even tho i haven’t watched the vid)..axe does look, well, odd sometimes.

but, seriously, he thinks the country is Chicago. That the power will be attractive to Rs and they will be co-opted…because, basically power corrupts.

this is the chicago machine way…called the Combine.

he may be right, the enticements can be managed to get some people on board. After all…if barry is reelected, then it everyone for themselves

grab as much as you can before the carousel stops…but that part is not so funny, is it lib?

r keller on June 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Axelrod must have forgotten the 2010 elections ever happened. Or he must think Republicans should govern against the will of the people who elected them, in order to be of “good will” towards a guy who doesn’t even know what the term means.

RadClown on June 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Axelrod insisted there are Republicans “of good will” would would like to work with Obama

They are called turncoats A$$rod,
just ask Hooaan !

burrata on June 25, 2012 at 3:19 PM

No, Haxelrod, Obama’s re-election would turn two years of gridlock into four or six years of gridlock, depending on who wins Congress in 2014.

What would really liberate the Republicans and the American people would be the election of Mitt Romney.

Steve Z on June 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

The fact that they are allowing this douchebag to bloviate in public is the clearest sign of their desperation. He’s a disaster of Nixonian proportions. The single most untrustworthy looking individual in the entire Obama apparat.

mojo on June 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Since the Obama administration is famous for not even talking to its own Congressional delegates, it’s almost impossible to believe they have talked to any Republicans. Even the Maverick complained just a couple of weeks ago that he’s never heard Word One from the administration.

So this is make-believe talk. Pure fantasy.

Axelrod said it in an effort to drive the “Obama is mainstream and the GOP is nuts” meme, because it is one of the few remaining decently polling things they can say. He literally has nothing else he can talk about where he isn’t polling far behind Romney, so he says this crapola.

MTF on June 25, 2012 at 3:25 PM

But actually, the Axe is correct, for if obama is not reelected there will be no opportunity to work with him… You knew there was logic in there somewhere, right?

paul1149 on June 25, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Thanks for sorting that out.

Fallon on June 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I’d rather liberate Obama to work with Tiger Woods on a full time basis or better yet, liberate him to work with Kim Jung Un hisself.

Marxism is for dummies on June 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

AN OBAMA WIN WILL LIBERATE YOU…
SHADES OF ARBEIT MACH FREI

Marcola on June 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Axelrod and Obama fail to understand the GOP representatives, represent MILLIONS of Americans.

Axelrod and Obama pretend that our GOP reps exist in a vacuum, as if they’re in those seats by claiming divine right.

When you disrespect representatives of the people, you disrespect the people who elected them. Which may be the point.

NoDonkey on June 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

In an interview with C-SPAN, Axelrod said there are plenty of Republicans who would like to work with Obama but have been unable to because of a “kind of reign of terror” in which any act of cooperation with the president was seen as a betrayal.

This is the example they use in the dictionary for the word “projection”.

Vince on June 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

So…Jeb Bush just retired from politics. Unless he plans on changing parties.

ronsfi on June 25, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Been hitting the choom pretty hard these days, Axe? It shows…

ya2daup on June 25, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I wonder what color the sky is in assxholerod’s little world. You’d think it’d be a skittles color, but I bet it’s as black as the lies he tells and as black as his soul.

Wolfmoon on June 25, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I love delusional leftists.

In a second term Obama wouldn’t give a damn about congress or anyone else.

However, not to worry. His party is over.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM

….plenty of Republicans who would like to work with Obama but have been unable to because of a “kind of reign of terror” in which any act of cooperation with the president was seen as a betrayal.

Good. It means they’re listening to us.

BobMbx on June 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM

The Democrats had the presidency, the House and the Senate, I believe Mr. “I won” made it perfectly clear that he didn’t need or want to work with Republicans on anything. If we can’t get rid of him in November, I believe he will find himself with a Republican Congress. Let’s see who works with who then.

Cindy Munford on June 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I found what’s wrong with axlerod, holder, and zero himself.

focal symmetrical encephalomalacia
a subacute form of enterotoxemia due to Clostridium perfringens type D in sheep which are partly immune to the toxin. Clinical signs are the dummy syndrome of aimless wandering, head pressing, blindness and incoordination. Most affected sheep die after an illness of about 7 days.

Wolfmoon on June 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM

SO, how come the 2010 election didn’t give Obama any incentive to work with Republicans? If Axelrod thinks a Republican House and a Republican Senate will work with an Obama who wins 50.1-49.9, he’s living in a dream world. Obama has never given any indication he’s capable of working with anybody on anything so I can’t imagine it.

A couple of more polls and Axelrod will understand that Obama is not going to win this thing.

bflat879 on June 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM

This statement by Axe is reminiscent of a bunker mentality of all sorts of unlikely scenarios that are going to somehow save the residents of said bunker.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I look forward to liberating the White House of these clowns.

Philly on June 25, 2012 at 4:31 PM

‘Arbeit macht frei’, Herr Axelrod? Sheisse.

/all the rat-faced bristle-brush-wearing bastard needs is the mustard-colored suit.

rayra on June 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Been hitting the choom pretty hard these days, Axe? It shows…

ya2daup on June 25, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Axleshaft has been campaigning hard with little Bammie going on seven years now without much of a break, and Bammie is on a downward trajectory. I believe he moved back to Chicago to get away from Valerie Jarrett and Moochie’s cackling at him. Wouldn’t you be wishing it was over too?

slickwillie2001 on June 25, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Wholesale “bipartisanship” in any Congress is for all intents and purposes a tyranny against the People. Let’s call it a tool for the Devil’s Playground.

Conflict and antagonism is the essence of our democracy to provide for the individual the best opportunity for maintaining unalienable rights. It’s only when wholesale masses of the democracy agree that our ambassadors should advance legislation that legislation should advance. These pinheads who attain office never cease to amaze in their reflexive disregard for the very thing they’re sworn to uphold.

Shame on us, ultimately, for giving them the opportunity term after term to screw us over because we have differences of opinion. Adversarial debate is The Feature… not a bug.

The bugs are the “leaders” who have yet to understand their job and obligation.

AnonymousDrivel on June 25, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Adversarial debate is The Feature… not a bug.

The bugs are the “leaders” who have yet to understand their job and obligation.

AnonymousDrivel on June 25, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Well said. Politicans always ignore the fact that the Constitution was specifically designed to make it as hard as possible for the federal government to actually pass legislation, and contentiousness was built in as a tool to accomplish that goal.

gravityman on June 25, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Axle The Red could not be more wrong. If the unthinkable happens and Obama does win in November, the Republican establishment will have no choice but to “grow a pair” and go at Obama with a vengeance. That is if they ever expect to remain a political party of any significance. Should that election result come to pass and the Republicans “work” with Obama, my 44 year association with them is done.

SpiderMike on June 25, 2012 at 5:16 PM

In an interview with C-SPAN, Axelrod said there are plenty of Republicans who would like to work with Obama but have been unable to because of a “kind of reign of terror” in which any act of cooperation with the president was seen as a betrayal.

…yes…I remember Republicans being threatened to toe the line during O’Care and the stimulus votes.
We are not talking choom here anymore ladies and gentlemen…this is outright CRACK! That cracker is a crackhead!

KOOLAID2 on June 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Has Nancy Pelosi been sharing her weed with Axelturf?

GarandFan on June 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM

It’s probably already been said, but wouldn’t an Obama loss allow Dems to work with Romney?

BillCarson on June 25, 2012 at 5:42 PM

… and hell will “liberate” you to play with the devil.

bw222 on June 25, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Regardless of who wins the Presidency, the people will vote in a more conservative Congress. The President, (who ever it is), will have to compromise with Congress, from a position of weakness, to get anything past them. That’s the way it happened in my dream anyway.

bindare on June 25, 2012 at 10:23 PM