Axelrod: “There’s this reign of terror going on in the Republican Party”

posted at 8:41 am on July 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

New tone?  David Axelrod spoke with National Journal’s Beth Reinhard in a phone interview, excerpts of which were posted a few minutes ago.  In the interview, Axelrod decried the “politics of obstruction” — and then compared Republicans to Robespierre:

NJ President Obama has been vague about what he would accomplish in his second term.

AXELROD The president believes you build a strong, sustainable economy by building a strong, viable growing middle class. You have to continue to upgrade our educational system and improve access to higher education and technical training. We have to invest in research and development and the kinds of things that will create high-end, advanced manufacturing jobs. We have to continue to open up markets all over the world for American products. We need to continue with an all-of-the-above energy policy and really push for the development of all sources of energy. Immigration reform is an unfinished piece of business. But the principal thing we need to be pursuing is a very aggressive strategy of putting people back to work.

NJ How would the president accomplish those goals with a Republican-controlled House and possibly Senate?

AXELROD They have had a policy of obstruction from the day the president arrived. When the president is reelected, it will be a rejection of the politics of obstruction. There’s this reign of terror going on in the Republican Party.

I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised to hear this kind of rhetoric from the flailing and failing Obama campaign.  Axelrod and his cohorts have gotten outfought, outraised, and outclassed in two short months after having the field all to themselves for over a year.  Yesterday, the campaign accused Mitt Romney of being a felon, which prompted a demand for an apology that will not be coming forthwith, almost assuredly.

Axelrod is not just a cheap demagogue, he’s also a cheap small-d democrat.  Voters sent a Republican-controlled House to Washington specifically to force a change in policy, a message that Axelrod and Barack Obama ignored.  The House, by the way, has passed budgets and more than a dozen jobs bills.  It’s the Democratic-controlled Senate that has been the obstruction, refusing to pass budgets so that conference committees can resolve issues, and ignoring the House jobs bills altogether.  Obama has shown zero leadership on this issue, griping about Republican dissent while ignoring completely that his own party has yet to cast one single supporting vote in three tries on his own budget proposals, and won’t even attempt to hold a vote on Obama’s tax proposals.

The actual “reign of terror,” for the sake of those as historically illiterate as Axelrod, took place during the French Revolution, when it turned bloody.  The revolutionaries became as despotic as the monarchy they deposed, executing thousands for dissent and purported betrayal of the revolution.  It’s actually the opposite of what Republicans are doing in Congress by opposing Obama’s agenda and attempting to push forward their own.  That’s as ignorant an analogy as one might see in American politics.

The real terror for Axelrod is that he’s about to lose an election, and his campaign still hasn’t figured out what its theme is yet.  The strong stench of desperation is in the air, as well as the even more pungent stench of demagoguery.  Axelrod should be ashamed, but won’t be.


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Be afraid – be very afraid.

Flyover country is pissed and we’re not taking it anymore.

gophergirl on July 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Let’s be honest and forthright about this . . . Axelrod is a lying, obfuscating leftist.

rplat on July 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM

lies and gibberish.

We have had enough of these usurpers.

tom daschle concerned on July 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Isn’t it interesting that only Republicans can be terrorists?

Cindy Munford on July 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

The Bain Birthers are out in full force on the Huffinglue Post. Get ready: this is what Democrat Presidents losing elections is going to look like in the years to come.

The Count on July 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I sense a disturbance in the Force.

NickDeringer on July 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Axel, the Tailor which make the empty suits for the Failed President is both ugly and an idiot…

Brushjumper on July 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Spot on Ed

Talk about being in a bubble

cmsinaz on July 13, 2012 at 8:49 AM

The real terror for Axelrod is that he’s about to lose an election

Well, that’s what losers do, isn’t it?

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 8:49 AM

The Rod is finding out that it’s not as easy to win national elections using blackmail and dirty tricks as it was in Chicago.

kingsjester on July 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Democrats haven’t jumped the shark. Democrats have jumped the whole damn lake!

txhsmom on July 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Cutter is doubling down on the bain attacks

Facts schmacts apparently with this group

cmsinaz on July 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

The Bain Birthers are out in full force on the Huffinglue Post. Get ready: this is what Democrat Presidents losing elections is going to look like in the years to come.
The Count on July 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I think the new term at HA is “Bainers”.

txhsmom on July 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

The president believes you build a strong, sustainable economy by building a strong, viable growing middle class.

A strong, viable growing middle class can be achieved without you and your buddy’s “help”, Mr Axelrod. Thanks for your concern though.

DaveDief on July 13, 2012 at 8:53 AM

* SIGH * ….as a Republican committee person I tell just once I would like the weekend off …Pushing old folks off cliffs ….starving children …..the war on women I haven’t had a week end of in Gods knows how long ….I have to talk to Karl

Aggie95 on July 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

The revolutionaries became as despotic as the monarchy they deposed,

Far more despotic, actually. The French monarchy didn’t execute thousands nor try to establish a totalitarian regime, as the Revolution did under Robespierre.

As for Axelrod, this supposed genius has truly become desperate. The “Romney is a felon” comment from one of his underlings has got to be close to a pathetic bottom.

irishspy on July 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Is it mea or does Ax have that Hitler look think going? Thinning hair…cheesy mustache. Kind of creepy.

ScottiesRule on July 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Time and time again… if you want to know what a liberal has done or will do, just listen to what they accuse you of.

SteveInRTP on July 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

John “Robespierre” Boehner. Yeah, that’s the ticket, Axelrod. That’s the ticket.

steebo77 on July 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Axelrod is not just a cheap demagogue, he’s also a cheap small-d democrat.

A small-d democrat who is, er, collegial with small-c communists?

And please, if they insist on using this insane “reign of terror” analogy, how should we describe Harry Reid who is “obstructing” the work House of Representatives.

Buy Danish on July 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Yes, yes the demagoguery of Republicans is despicable, but for me the money quote is this:

“AXELROD The president believes you build a strong, sustainable economy by building a strong, viable growing middle class.”

When any objective analysis would show that the President’s policies have been all about forcing as much of the middle class into government dependency as possible. And that is even more despicable.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

NO Mr. Axerod the true reign of terror going on in this country is in the streets of Chicago.The city that has been run forever by people like you and Obama.It,s a sad day when it,s safer to walk the streets of Baghdad than Chicago.

logman1 on July 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

The House, by the way, has passed budgets and more than a dozen jobs bills. It’s the Democratic-controlled Senate that has been the obstruction, refusing to pass budgets so that conference committees can resolve issues, and ignoring the House jobs bills altogether. Obama has shown zero leadership on this issue, griping about Republican dissent while ignoring completely that his own party has yet to cast one single supporting vote in three tries on his own budget proposals, and won’t even attempt to hold a vote on Obama’s tax proposals.

…if this was a Republican administration…every day in the printed media we would be reading about this ^ ^ ^ There would be a “NIGHTLINE” type show that would start out nightly “DAY 1,049 without a federal budget!”…”Day 1,050, without a federal budget”…
WE WOM!

KOOLAID2 on July 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Fear and Loathing at TeamObama HQs.

albill on July 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Think it’s time for an American Counter-Revolution?

Vive Comptoir-Révolution!

BigGator5 on July 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

If there’s a more sleazy person in politics, looks and actions, than David Axelrod, I’m hard pressed to think who it might be.

I know Eric Holder also slithers out from under a rock every morning, but you can’t know that just from looking at him. Unlike Axelrod who looks like the type of man I always told my children to run away from.

Flora Duh on July 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

gophergirl on July 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Yep. These idjits took a page out of Chavez’ playbook and are out to destroy not only Romney but everything we hold dear. Its disgusting. We need to be on the offensive 24/7.

canditaylor68 on July 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Ax must be really PO’d at National Journal, and scared. They have gotten more and more readers because their campaign reporting is excellent and objective. Their morning and evening emails are setting the agenda for other political reporters (if you don;t subscribe, I highly recommend doing so).Lately they have been calling out the Obama campaign for its excessive negativity and empty rhetoric. They were highly complimentary of Mitt Romney’s speech to the NAACP.

The good news is, they know when they are being spun.

rockmom on July 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

The Bain Birthers are out in full force on the Huffinglue Post. Get ready: this is what Democrat Presidents losing elections is going to look like in the years to come.

The Count on July 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Is that original? I spit my coffee!

That’s a keeper.

:)

mankai on July 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Is this a coincidence?

Also known as, “Communist Reign of Terror Font.”

Akzed on July 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Think it’s time for an American Counter-Revolution?

Vive Comptoir-Révolution!

BigGator5 on July 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The Left has been waging a counter-Revolution against the American Revolution for over 100 years.

mankai on July 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

But what you don’t deserve is another election that’s governed by fear, and innuendo, and division.

Guess who?

Fallon on July 13, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Democrats haven’t jumped the shark. Democrats have jumped the whole damn lake!

txhsmom on July 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I hate those nasty lake sharks.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 13, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Time and time again… if you want to know what a liberal has done or will do, just listen to what they accuse you of.

SteveInRTP on July 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Without a shred of doubt

DaveDief on July 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM

These Democrooks all suffer from projection.

Marxism is for dummies on July 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM

REIGN OF TERROR, Oh my God, it’s a reign of terror now, these guys have to be laughed at.
This is where Romney begins to chuckle and repeats Axelrod’s foolish statement…Romney, the poster child for “Reign of Terror”, I see everyone around him cowering in fear…LBJ, that was a “reign of terror”, Romney is more of a reign of terrior…

right2bright on July 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM

The actual “reign of terror,” for the sake of those as historically illiterate as Axelrod, took place during the French Revolution, when it turned bloody. The revolutionaries became as despotic as the monarchy they deposed, executing thousands for dissent and purported betrayal of the revolution. It’s actually the opposite of what Republicans are doing in Congress by opposing Obama’s agenda and attempting to push forward their own. That’s as ignorant an analogy as one might see in American politics.

All right, but to be fair, it isn’t really the opposite of what’s happening on HA threads. :) There’s a good bit of guillotine chomping.

(H/T Dire) For the TrueCons™ !

The real terror for Axelrod is that he’s about to lose an election, and his campaign still hasn’t figured out what its theme is yet.

I’m beginning to think they aren’t going to find one. Been waiting. Obama isn’t a mystery anymore; Obama has a record like an Olympic diving board; pain has a way of opening people’s eyes; Romney isn’t (apparently) the Devil … It might just be wide-eyed flailing all the way into the election.

Daffy Duck with a speed problem.

Axe on July 13, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Remember when the Dem tom toms were beating constantly about Republicans creating a climate of fear? Well, the talking point never disappeared.

Every policy decision of the Obama administration has worked to destroy the middle class. The latest ObamaCare Obamatax is just another blatant example.

H&HS has recently undermined the Clinton legislation on welfare to work because no law is sacrosanct to the Obama administration if it can make the populace dependent on big nanny, command-control government.

onlineanalyst on July 13, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Is that original? I spit my coffee!

That’s a keeper.

:)

mankai on July 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I wish I could take credit – it’s great, huh? I ripped it off someone else around here, can’t remember who. ;-)

The Count on July 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Mr. Axelrod is being dramatic, throwing around terms like Reign of terror indiscriminately.

The term does not equate with Obstruction.

Think the guillotine and the French Revolution. Disposing of enemies. Secular vs. religionist and divine power of kings. Wrong cliche Mr. Axelrod – not even appropriate.

If I were going to ascribe a cliche to the constipation in D.C. I would say “but Pharoah was Obdurate.” Either about the democrats, Obama or Harry Reid.

Now perhaps the next election we could rid ourselves of the power of these dems in a political reign of terror, especially get rid of Marie Antionette and Harry and his absent democrat Senate.

In the meantime I hope the republicans hang on, help is on the way.

Fleuries on July 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I know Eric Holder also slithers out from under a rock every morning

Flora Duh on July 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I think holder pops up from his meerkat manor every morning.

txsurveyor on July 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

The Rod is finding out that it’s not as easy to win national elections using blackmail and dirty tricks as it was in Chicago.

kingsjester on July 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM

He’s also finding out that his “sure-fire” marketing techniques are not so sure-fire anymore. Axelrod, the carnival barker, is promoting a failure.

onlineanalyst on July 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

think the new term at HA is “Bainers”.

txhsmom on July 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Masterbainers is more like it.

Bevan on July 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I sense a disturbance in the Force.

NickDeringer on July 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Ummmm…I hope not there Obi-wan. Because that is the part that does not end well for the American People.

“As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced!”

Can’t we fast forward to the part with the dancing bears and the fireworks?

Bulletchaser on July 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Axelrod reminds me of a certain propaganda minister and it’s a really creepy vibe.

vityas on July 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

The scary part for the Dems is that after everyone plus Joe Biden went off message on Romney/Bain back in May, Axelrod is the only spokesperson Axelrod really trusts anymore to get Obama’s message out (well, maybe also Plouffe, but he comes across as Jay Carney’s more confused slacker older brother in his TV interviews).

jon1979 on July 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

If Axelrod thinks there’s a “reign of terror” going on in the Republican Party now, I can’t wait to hear what he’ll be saying tonight.

I’ve seen several reports on Twitter that the Romney campaign bus will be following Obama around VA today.

Psychological warfare. I like. LOL

Flora Duh on July 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Mitt has a great ad using Obama words about scare tactics

Great ad

cmsinaz on July 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Is it mea or does Ax have that Hitler look think going? Thinning hair…cheesy mustache. Kind of creepy.

ScottiesRule on July 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Very creepy. Also greasy-looking, even Mafia-like. Do not doubt that this is an evil man pushing another evil man and evil policies.

maryo on July 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The Democrats need to be destroyed in this election. Romney needs to do an ad carpet bomb like the primaries x1000.

wargamer6 on July 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM

It was a signal to their actual base, the International one.

What would you expect LaBolt to do, admit it? He probably wasn’t even in on it.

Don’t you think it’s an odd choice? Don’t imagine that these things don’t happen.

Akzed on July 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Hey, let’s wrap up the reign of terror in November with a pogram*.

(*Where values of pogram = wave election)

Laura Curtis on July 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Does Mittens still think Obama is a “nice guy?”

kevinkristy on July 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Axelrod, the carnival barker, is promoting a failure.

onlineanalyst on July 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

That’s what I’m thinking. The vacuum cleaner is absolute junk, and everyone knows it’s junk — how do you sell it? I’m not sure any amount of inventiveness or novelty is going to make it possible.

There might be an option, but I’m not going to type it. It’s too ugly to think about. And besides, no president would deliberately use a foreign conflict to change the table …

Axe on July 13, 2012 at 9:16 AM

*he’d lose anyway.

Axe on July 13, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Reign of terror?

Funny.

We are already well into our own Laws of Suspects as Obama attempts to fundamentally change the way the America is governed.

Historically speaking, one of the hallmarks of the original Reign of Terror were the Laws of Suspects, which were the basis for the round up and execution of thousands of citizens…after the Revolution got underway.

Included in the list of those to be shown Robespierre’s Razor were those who, either by their conduct or their relationships, by their remarks or by their writing, were shown to be partisans of tyranny and federalism and enemies of liberty ( i.e., not Revolutionaries….er, Progressives.)

As well, those who could not “justify” to the “state” their means of existence and the performance of their civic duties.

Seen any Obama Executive orders lately?

We’ve been down this road before…in Russia and China, and Kampuchea, and Cuba, and Venezuela, Iran, Myanmar and every other place where some despot with delusions of grandeur tried to make people more perfect, build a pefect society, and make the state the arbiter of who lives and who does not and which jobs are good and which are not and who is “loyal” and who is not…while ignoring fundamentals of law and decency along the way.

It will take decades to rid the Nation of the stench these progressives have visited on us all.

November can’t get here soon enough.

coldwarrior on July 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Does Mittens still think Obama is a “nice guy?”

kevinkristy on July 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

He never did. It was a ruse to try to appeal to the 50% of people who somehow think he is.

The Count on July 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

If you subscribe to the theory that Democrat strawman complaints about Republicans are a useful guide to upcoming lefty strategies, then read this as a threat. Axelrod is promising more astroturfed social violence, more division and lots of anger. Between the racism accusations, this threat, the IRS investigations of political opponents of the President and all the name calling “Romney is a felon” from Democrat leadership, I’d say it’s fair to say the Obama campaign strategy is coming into focus.

MTF on July 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Washington Post Fact Checker brings the hammer down on the Obama campaign today:

Documents prove Romney left Bain in 1999

rockmom on July 13, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I know Eric Holder also slithers out from under a rock every morning, but you can’t know that just from looking at him. Unlike Axelrod who looks like the type of man I always told my children to run away from.

Flora Duh on July 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Axelrod is straight out of the comic strips. Or maybe co-starring with the Penguin in the next Batman movie.

petefrt on July 13, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Total projection.

My sister who used to be active on DKos, go to Yearly Kos, and who loves to tell me about how only Republicans have ever committed vote fraud, uses Robespierrette as her nom-du-net.

The left loves the French Revolution more than the American one, especially since they all seem to assume that they will be the ones doing the butchering, never the butchered.

LibraryGryffon on July 13, 2012 at 9:19 AM

think the new term at HA is “Bainers”.

txhsmom on July 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Masterbainers is more like it.

Bevan on July 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

OH THAT IS FUNNY! I used this on a liberal friend and she just about turned purple. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

“Mastra-Bainers” I love it! Though I don’t think I have a date for Friday night.

Bulletchaser on July 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

The House, by the way, has passed budgets and more than a dozen jobs bills. It’s the Democratic-controlled Senate that has been the obstruction, refusing to pass budgets so that conference committees can resolve issues, and ignoring the House jobs bills altogether.

And I am perfectly fine with this. I celebrate gridlock. The less government does, the better.

Dante on July 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Mitt has a great ad using Obama words about scare tactics

Great ad

cmsinaz on July 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Oh, I was looking for this quote and there it is up in the Headlines:

SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”

Fallon on July 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

When President Bush declared a “War on Terror”, the Democrats took it personally.

Connecticut on July 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

The real terror for Axelrod is that he’s about to lose an election

LOL. Oh is that what he means? Well, OK, let’s keep up the reign of terror.

yhxqqsn on July 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

If you subscribe to the theory that Democrat strawman complaints about Republicans are a useful guide to upcoming lefty strategies, then read this as a threat.

MTF on July 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Bingo. You nailed it. This is the real significance of Axelrod’s statement.

petefrt on July 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

OT somewhat, but I just saw an ad on tv that claimed Oklahoma has the 4th best economy and 9th best job growth in the country. No idea the source or criteria for that claim, but we are one of those states that elected a republican governor (along with a huge R majority legislature) and are doing better than national averages. Axelrod and his boss should look at these numbers and maybe do a little reflecting, and quit obstructing the republicans! (yeah, right)

tj4osu on July 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

oh, little man-troll, you haven’t even seen anything near a ‘reign of terror’- although i am not unconvinced the left doesn’t need a heavy dose of revolution and terror to stop them.

absolutely feckless.

mittens on July 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

. Unlike Axelrod who looks like the type of man I always told my children to run away from.

Flora Duh on July 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

He does look like a child molester,maybe he is.

docflash on July 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Axelrod should be ashamed, but won’t be.

Axelrod, like Bill Ayers and Obama, is incapable of shame. Ax was a red diaper baby and he’s still a red. His mother Myril Axelrod was a writer for the radical/communist PM magazine back when, so marxist theory and tactics were ingrained in him early. He is scum. He makes Clinton’s advisors like James Carville look positively ethical and patriotic.

flyfisher on July 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Yes indeedy fallon

cmsinaz on July 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I guess it’s time for Mr. Axelrod to round up his Chicago associates and head on back to the windy city. Whoops,from all indications many of them are already there.

Travis1 on July 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Is it mea or does Ax have that Hitler look think going? Thinning hair…cheesy mustache. Kind of creepy.

ScottiesRule on July 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Very creepy. Also greasy-looking, even Mafia-like. Do not doubt that this is an evil man pushing another evil man and evil policies.

maryo on July 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Axle grease mixed with flop sweat. I trust my instincts. And yours.

Naturally Curly on July 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Axelfraud comes from good red commie stock, just like Barry. He’s an Alinskyite to the bone, too. He’ll say/do ANYTHING to advance their radical agenda. As to your last line, he has NO SHAME.

bob77 on July 13, 2012 at 9:28 AM

ScottiesRule on July 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

You are not alone!! I see him as a Gestapo look- alike and also Gibbs has that same pasty-faced Nazi look of evil!! They have the demeanor of one who would gladly march you into the gas ovens if they only had the power!! Obama does not look like Hitler but he acts exactly like him!!

Marco on July 13, 2012 at 9:31 AM

When will Obama’s Reign of Error end?

I stole Reign of Error from a poster on HotAir.

GG is right.

SparkPlug on July 13, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Roberspierre;
Because Hitler was getting old…

Gwillie on July 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Civility 101.

Dr. Goebbels would be proud of him.

Del Dolemonte on July 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM

* SIGH * ….as a Republican committee person I tell just once I would like the weekend off …Pushing old folks off cliffs ….starving children …..the war on women I haven’t had a week end of in Gods knows how long ….I have to talk to Karl

Aggie95 on July 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Maybe you could relax next to a really big bonfire, a little air pollution is always fun. :-)

GeorgieGirl9 on July 13, 2012 at 9:41 AM

AXELROD The president believes you build a strong, sustainable economy by…(etc., etc., etc.; a lot of which is good stuff and true).

NJ How would the president accomplish those goals with a Republican-controlled House and possibly Senate Then why does this Administration refuse to implement any policies that will actually do this?

There, FIFY

ss396 on July 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

A small-d democrat…

Buy Danish on July 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I assume “d” refers to their party affiliation, but clearly it’s not the only option.

Archivarix on July 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM

This is not the first time he’s used this analogy:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/23/us-usa-campaign-axelrod-idUSBRE83L05W20120423

From April.

Abby Adams on July 13, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Team obama is in deep trouble trying to find an attack vehicle that works. They sense that they are toast already so they will get down and dirty soon. Their convention will be all hate to rally the true believers.

tim c on July 13, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Ha! I was just thinking last night how Robespierre-esque the Democrats have become. If you get in the way of their quest for power they will destroy you personally and politically.

Kim Priestap on July 13, 2012 at 9:49 AM

You want to play this game, Axe? This is what a “reign of terror” looks like. These people are Zero’s friends, and your friends. There is no one even remotely approaching this in Republicans circles. What say you?

And I am perfectly fine with this. I celebrate gridlock. The less government does, the better.
Dante on July 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Sophomorically simplistic but not unexpected from you. The fact is we need legislation to undo the harm inflicted upon this nation by the Democrats, to open up federal lands for drilling, repeal ObamaCare, stop the coming Taxmageddon, rein in the EPA, and so forth.

Buy Danish on July 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Get ready: this is what Democrat Presidents losing elections is going to look like in the years to come.

The Count on July 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

If there’s any hope at all, we won’t see another Democrat President in my lifetime.

That party needs to be humiliated, branded as the dangerous ant-American perhaps traitorous organization that it is, and crushed out of existence, to the point where no one will ever again want to run for office with its designation next to their name.

Midas on July 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

We’re getting a glimpse into why Obama doesn’t see Chavez as a threat to our national security.

Buy Danish on July 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I’ve seen several reports on Twitter that the Romney campaign bus will be following Obama around VA today.

Psychological warfare. I like. LOL

Flora Duh on July 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

..oh God, Florah, please keep us posted on this, I’m on my knees beggin’ ya! Linky-poos please! It’ll be a slow day so I’ll be checking back in for that wonderful commentary only you can do, sweet thing!

:-D

The War Planner on July 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM

“It’s the Democratic-controlled Senate that has been the obstruction, refusing to pass budgets so that conference committees can resolve issues, and ignoring the House jobs bills altogether.”

Biggest scam ever and no one is calling them out. Harry Reid sits on all those bills, giving Obama room to falsely blame Republicans. Then Obama makes an end run around Congress using EO’s on big issues. I strongly believe that they are purposely easing into a dictatorship. The people then say it was justified since the now think that Congress is, um, broken (rolling eyes.)

debg on July 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM

AXELROD They have had a policy of obstruction from the day the president arrived. When the president is reelected, it will be a rejection of the politics of obstruction. There’s this reign of terror going on in the Republican Party.

What, precisely, did the Republicans obstruct in 2009 and 2010 (after the current President arrived), when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress? Obama got everything he wanted! Is it possible that voters in November 2010 WANTED obstruction of Obama’s agenda?

Steve Z on July 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Obama had a democratic majority in both houses of congress when he was elected right?

oh never mind…

workingclass artist on July 13, 2012 at 10:06 AM

When one thinks of the rein of terror one thinks of Robespierre’s psychotic revolutionary government in France. The Republican Party not so much.

And alas the Republican Establishment isn’t exactly scared of the team party insurgent terrorists within. Yet.

CorporatePiggy on July 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Axelrod’s a God-damned communist, and I mean every word literally.

HeckOnWheels on July 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Sophomorically simplistic but not unexpected from you. The fact is we need legislation to undo the harm inflicted upon this nation by the Democrats, to open up federal lands for drilling, repeal ObamaCare, stop the coming Taxmageddon, rein in the EPA, and so forth.

Buy Danish on July 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

There isn’t anything sophomorically simplistic about it at all. What is sophomorically simplistic is believing that legislation is: a) needed, and b) doesn’t do more harm than good. For example, you say “rein in the EPA”. Not get rid of the unconstitutional EPA, but rein it in. What would that require? More government, not less.

Equally sophomorically simplistic is believing that only the Democrats have inflicted harm upon this nation and upon the sovereign states.

We do not need legislation to repeal Obamacare. Obamacare is unconstitutional. All that is required is nullification by the states. Repeal is for legitimate law.

Dante on July 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

The president believes you build a strong, sustainable economy by building a strong, viable growing middle class.

How about you quit raping business, and then THEY can build a strong, viable growing middle class, by, oh, I don’t know, GIVING THEM JOBS?

What a silly idea, huh? And to think — if he did that, the economy would boom so quick that he actually WOULD be re-elected. But NOTHING, not even being re-elected, is more important to that guy than raping ‘the rich’. And the proof is in which he chooses.

We’ll fix it when he’s gone.

Dirty Creature on July 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

..oh God, Florah, please keep us posted on this, I’m on my knees beggin’ ya! Linky-poos please! It’ll be a slow day so I’ll be checking back in for that wonderful commentary only you can do, sweet thing!

:-D

The War Planner on July 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Very, very awkward.

Dante on July 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Equally sophomorically simplistic is believing that only the Democrats have inflicted harm upon this nation and upon the sovereign states.

Dante on July 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Morning, Lew. Some credible examples of the Republican-inflicted damage, please?

Oh, and Cindy Sheehan wants you to bring her another cup of coffee. She said to put two shots of Irish whiskey in this time instead of one.

Del Dolemonte on July 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

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