Videos: David Axelrod’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad morning

posted at 12:41 pm on July 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Some days, it doesn’t pay to get out of bed and have that first cup of Morning Joe.  David Axerlrod’s day got off to a rough start on the MSNBC show, which pleased the GOP enough to promote his appearance.  In one segment, Joe Scarborough challenges Axelrod to explain why twice as many voters think Barack Obama has conducted a negative campaign than Mitt Romney (with even more calling it a tie).  Axelrod’s answer?  Mitt Romney has been so relentlessly negative that people blame it on Obama.  No, seriously:

It didn’t get any easier for Axelrod when Scarborough asked Axelrod about leaks from the Obama administration.  Axelrod tries to offer “distractions,” as Scarborough called them when upbraiding Axelrod for trying to avoid the question.  Axelrod insists that Obama never “authorized” the leak of classified information, which is hardly a ringing denial about leaks from the White House:

The Hill notices a change in position in this dodge:

“I can tell you that the president of the United States did not leak classified information, as Mitt Romney suggested yesterday, and he didn’t authorize the leak of information, as Mitt Romney suggested yesterday,” Axelrod told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Axelrod’s statements are a shift from previous remarks where he denied that the leaks originated from anyone at the White House. “There were obvious leaks, but they weren’t from the White House,” he said in an interview in June.

Meanwhile, the Olympics ad that both Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski derided at the end of this interview came from Obama’s super-PAC, Priorities USA Action, called “Romney’s Gold.”  Axelrod denied any knowledge of it, and he’d be unable to do what Scarborough suggests — advise Bill Burton to pull it — because Team Obama can’t coordinate with the super-PACs.  It is pretty cheesy and amateurish, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkGSoZj5zwo&feature=player_embedded

Seriously?  They’ve been hammering the Swiss bank account and “outsourcing” issue for months.  Maybe Obama’s supporters think they’ll get more traction by beating this to death, but so far they’ve wasted tens of millions of dollars to end up with the status quo ante.  And really, not even that; the relentless personal attacks on Romney’s wealth has completely eroded Obama’s favorability and made him the ugly, angry candidate in the race.

Finally, back to Axelrod.  During his appearance on the show, Mark McKinnon asked Axelrod about the “you didn’t build that” attacks launched by Republicans, and Axelrod didn’t have much of an answer, according to NBC’s own write-up of the appearance:

Mark McKinnon on MSNBC’s Morning Joe asked Obama adviser David Axelrod, “We have a saying, ‘A hit dog barks, and it sounds like you’re barking, so does that mean you’re hit?” It’s a great way to put it, and it’s likely the case. Axelrod tried to downplay they campaigns’ hyper reaction. But it was a hyper reaction.

Looks like a bad morning for Axelrod … and another bad month for Team Obama.


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Schadenfreude on July 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM

+ 100..:):)

Dire Straits on July 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Effectively the above said: Romney could carry New Hampshire.

Somehow, that does not reduce my panic.

Carnac on July 25, 2012 at 1:55 PM

David Axelrod’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad morning

He should move to Australia. He already looks like a koala bear.

Chessplayer on July 25, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I take one look at that Axelrod and immediately, I know who is the source of the White House leaks. He’s a weasel and an extremely dangerous one. Axe is the equivalent of Basher Assad’s general in charge of chemical weapons and he’s the type that will use them on Syrian citizens in a second.

dockywocky on July 25, 2012 at 2:02 PM

“…our sample was a little Democratic heavy.”

MSDNC’s Upchuck Todd this morning, admitting that the D +11 steaming heap NBC put out last night was trash.

Del Dolemonte on July 25, 2012 at 2:06 PM

(For further enlightenment on the Chicago machine, I suggest anything Mike Royko ever wrote and Robert Campbell’s Jimmy Flannery mysteries.)

catsandbooks on July 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Or John Kass.

chelie on July 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

What a dolt

This is a Genius campaign guy ?

How teh hell did this apparatchik manage to get teh Zero(TM) elected in 2008 ?

Sheesh

Gauthijm on July 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Johnny Mac leading the dynamic duo of Schmidt and Wallace?

slickwillie2001 on July 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I’ve been wondering since Day 1 what was going to happen when people finally woke up to the fact that Obama is nothing more than another dirty Chicago politician/thug.

(For further enlightenment on the Chicago machine, I suggest anything Mike Royko ever wrote and Robert Campbell’s Jimmy Flannery mysteries.)

catsandbooks on July 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Mike Royko, that’s a name that brings back memories.

I was a freshman at University of Illinois and was from another state, so I didn’t know about the Chicago Tribune. I decided to subscribe and eventually got drawn to his column. I really liked his plain-spoken, pull-no-punches style.

22044 on July 25, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Via Rush …
NBC has just admitted that their poll was skewed !!
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

pambi on July 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM

The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what I’m criticizing is success… I want to promote success,” Obama said.

Is this grammatically correct??? Even if its grammatically correct, its stilted and inefficient, IMO.

ted c on July 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Can’t wait til Romney starts running on Hope and Change.

LetsBfrank on July 25, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Can’t wait til Romney starts running on Hope and Change.

LetsBfrank on July 25, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Hope there will be a change for the office of POTUS.

bayview on July 25, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Axelrod insists that Obama never “authorized” the leak of classified information, which is hardly a ringing denial about leaks from the White House:

Barky the Dog-Eater didn’t “authorize” national security leaks. He DEMANDED them. Another impeachable (and criminally prosecutable) act by the Ineligible Indonesian Imbecile. That makes what … 40 some-odd impeachable acts by this miserable piece of America-hating sh!t?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM

I wrote about the Priorities USA ad in this post from a TV critic’s perspective. I agree. It’s a stupid ad.

LFRGary on July 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I have known people like Obama. A former brother-in-law comes to mind, actually, and when Obama began his campaign I saw the similarities at once. They aren’t subtle. I could see the nasty, vicious, basically mean and petty man behind the big smile. I remember thinking that this guy was a fraud and was probably going to take in a majority of voters.

And the rest is history. However, a fraud like that can’t keep up the mask forever. I saw it in my brother-in-law. When you saw through him he was furious. If he managed to deceive you, he was contemptuous of you. And that describes our President to a T.

Obama is not and never was a nice guy. He’s a con man with no ethics or standards of behavior. No con man cares about his victims, whether he is a used car salesman or a politician.

All he cares about is himself.

hachiban on July 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

ABSOLUTELY! You and I must have similar experiences. Your description of your former brother-in-law fit my EX-brother-in-law perfectly. Same contemptuous attitude, but very vindictive when cornered. He lied his way to advance himself through several jobs until he finally got caught at it (he applied for a director position at his company; company called college and found out he lied about finishing his degree). Thank God my sister finally saw through his act (although it took finding out about his affair to do it).

And I also remember watching Obama’s campaign speeches thinking… he’s terrible. Where’s this silver-tongued orator that everyone else sees? He looks like an emperor with no clothes!

dominigan on July 25, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Via Rush …
NBC has just admitted that their poll was skewed !!
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

pambi on July 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Let’s hold the air so InTheMiddleofaWetDream can provide some analysis.

hillsoftx on July 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

David, you’ve got a nice pair of VERY LARGE … eyebrows on ya.

stenwin77 on July 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

And I also remember watching Obama’s campaign speeches thinking… he’s terrible. Where’s this silver-tongued orator that everyone else sees? He looks like an emperor with no clothes!

dominigan on July 25, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Yep. Barky isn’t even good at reading scripted speeches. Most people I knew in high school did better jobs reading speeches. Barky sounds fake, fake, fake in everything he says. He uses the wrong intonation, sounds contrived, messes up words, stammers (even with the help of teleprompters and cue cards). He was pathetic. But people liked his voice. That was about it.

Future history books are not going to be kind to the pathetic population of America of these days – and they shouldn’t.

At least the Romans had their retarded emperors forced on them, some of whom then did nutty and stupid things. America enthusiastically voted for the biggest idiot world politics has ever seen (and likely the only one any nation ever picked who hated that very nation). The suicidal nature of modern Western culture came to the fore in 2008 and hasn’t quite disappeared yet.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Although, McCain’s whole life was “public service”, so he was one to talk. He could have pointed up that Rev. Wright, Obama’s spiritual mentor for 20 years, was a demagogic racist.

Paul-Cincy on July 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

You do remember that part of that “public service” was military service, right? With 5.5 years as a POW. Including two years in solitary. So yeah, he could talk about real public service to the country.

strictnein on July 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM

So the guy who had a plan ready to blame someone else if the Bin Laden raid didn’t go well is above leaking information to make himself look good? uh huh

Wagthatdog on July 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Bashir Axelrod is a mess. Sloppy, ugly, stupid and belligerent. Quite a combination of low qualities.

Jaibones on July 25, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Axelrod insists that Obama never “authorized” the leak of classified information, which is hardly a ringing denial about leaks from the White House:

well I would hope that he wouldn’t “authorize” it….but if he did, he needs to swing from the gallows.

DiabloAzure on July 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I thought Baghdad Bob ended up with a noose around his neck… What’s he doing on MSNBC?

ultracon on July 25, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Axelturd is a, er, turd.

He makes Goebbels very proud.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2012 at 12:44

I don’t think so. Goebbels was smart, and a very good pubIlic speaker, axelrod is neither. I saw a documentary on G not long ago and he was clearly very smart publicly, an exceptional orator (by comparison, look at axel’s pathetic appearance on morining joe, does he strike you as a good coomunicator ? :) , and on top, he was also charismatic…. The axel one has the charisma of a rag :)…and he is not nearly as affective as Goebbels is his role of propagandist in chief… some actually credit Goebbels with swaying the Germans toward providing political support to Hilter and his decisions after taking power in ’3&. Do you see axelrod swaying a single person (who is not alteady living in a mental obama land) , let alone the public at large…In conclusion, the axelturd was obviousy schooled at bully-style commie propaganda (but greatly ineffective persuasion-wise) , not the Nazi one that actually was very effective in convincing the large public…

jimver on July 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Communicator that is…
Efffective, not affective..

Etc, etc…

I am firing my ipad…

jimver on July 25, 2012 at 4:03 PM

David Axelrod’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad morning

Joe Scarborough must have had a terrible morning as well, he was so grumpy that he asked pointed questions of a Democrat!

RJL on July 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Every time we see David Axelrod’s name we should remember where he came from:

David Axelrod, Lefty Lumberjack

David M. Axelrod was born February 22, 1955, to Myril Bennett Axelrod and Joseph Axelrod. Both were liberals, “your classic New York leftist Democrats,” says Axelrod. Politics was a family interest. Though Jewish, they seemed animated more by politics than synagogue. They loved politics. The father, a baseball aficionado and reportedly a decent player, became a psychologist. The mother had worked for an extremely political newspaper-the liberal New York daily, PM.

The story of PM is fascinating and revealing of the nuances and internecine warfare of the 1940s left. The founder of PM was Ralph McAllister Ingersoll. The newspaper ran from 1940 until 1948, funded by Chicago-based millionaire Marshall Field, pioneer of the department store chain. Field was a progressive dupe. The communist left could often count on Field as a sucker to fund their fronts and causes.

In encountering Canter and Rose, Ax had veered within the extreme orbit of the old Chicago CPUSA apparatus—indeed, the American Communist Party was founded in Chicago in September 1919. Of the two, Canter had the deep Party and even Soviet roots.

http://spectator.org/archives/2012/03/09/david-axelrod-lefty-lumberjack

Read the full article to understand the depth of Axelrod’s ties to Communists, Socialists and the Progressive movement.

wren on July 25, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Notice how Axelrod mentions Scooter Libby as a leaker? I guess they’ll be able to get away with that, since he was convicted in a leak case, even though his conviction wasn’t for leaking, and the leak was an inadvertent slip by a State Department official, not anyone connected to the White House.

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” Orwell today would have to add: Who controls the media controls past, present and future.

brambo_42 on July 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM

(For further enlightenment on the Chicago machine, I suggest anything Mike Royko ever wrote and Robert Campbell’s Jimmy Flannery mysteries.)

catsandbooks on July 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Another excellent source of information about Socialist network in Chicago is the book:

Radical-In-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism by Stanley Kurtz

wren on July 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM

This NBC/WSJ poll has a biased D+11

Dollayo on July 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Another excellent source of information about Socialist network in Chicago is the book:

Radical-In-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism by Stanley Kurtz

wren on July 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM

That is an excellent book…

jimver on July 25, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I say, go easy on Axelrod. He should keep doing whatever it is he’s doing for Obama’s campaign. It’s working out so well, after all.

Well, maybe not for the Obama campaign. But it’s working great for Romney.

RebeccaH on July 25, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Is it just me, or does David Axelrod look like Adolph Hitler’s bumbling, moronic, and schleppy cousin Stewie?

Every time I see this jackass on TV, I say, “Oh look, it’s Stewie Hitler,” and my wife laughs…

PointnClick on July 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Axelrod has shifty beady eyes and always looks like he needs a shower.

Obama has cold, dark, empty eyes. Take a look at his eyes in that picture of him in a tux toasting the audience. Scary stuff.

Ihope the RNC endlessly plays in context Obama’s “they didn’t build that” speech. He looks so petty/hateful/vindictive mocking people that have worked hard to create a business.

He’s not a decent man. It’s right there in context.

bailey24 on July 25, 2012 at 7:35 PM

The Emperor has no clothes!

FlatFoot on July 25, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Axelrod has shifty beady eyes and always looks like he needs a shower.

Obama has cold, dark, empty eyes. Take a look at his eyes in that picture of him in a tux toasting the audience. Scary stuff.

I hope the RNC endlessly plays in context Obama’s “they didn’t build that” speech. He looks so petty/hateful/vindictive mocking people that have worked hard to create a business.

He’s not a decent man. It’s right there in context.

bailey24 on July 25, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I actually feel sorry for him at times. Imagine the hell that Moochie and Valerie must put him through daily. It’s obviously why he decided to base the campaign in Chicago, for his own mental health.

slickwillie2001 on July 25, 2012 at 8:30 PM

The hit dog barks… and then its on with the barbecue sauce…

ajacksonian on July 25, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Barack Smith, caucasian, wouldn’t have gotten past the first demorat candidate debate.

Bishop on July 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM

We tried it – it was call Thad McCotter.

PatMac on July 25, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Is this grammatically correct??? Even if its grammatically correct, its stilted and inefficient, IMO.

ted c on July 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Obviously, you are a racist bible-clinging moron mouthbreather. You also probably had help writing that comment; there’s no way you wrote that.

BobMbx on July 25, 2012 at 8:56 PM

9:40pm central, video shows Private now.

LifeTrek on July 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I would hope that he wouldn’t “authorize” it….but if he did, he needs to swing from the gallows.

DiabloAzure

That sort of talk isn’t necessary. We just need to make sure that he’s swinging from the ladies’ tee full time starting I. January. (Yeah, I know-how is that different from now?)

Chickyraptor on July 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

my Lord even I can tell Axelrod isw choking on his statement in this vid

losarkos on July 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM

“Is this grammatically correct??? Even if its grammatically correct, its stilted and inefficient, IMO.”

ted c on July 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Every lie that comes out of his mouth is grammatically incorrect.
Read the “you didn’t build that” spew again.
He can’t even keep his pronouns in synch.

Smartest guy in the room my arse.
Best orator in the history of speaking my arse.

Retarded and evil are not a good combination.

sablegsd on July 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

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