New book claims Team Obama riven with dissension, drama in 2012

posted at 10:01 am on August 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe we don’t need polling to tell us the status of this year’s presidential race.  Glenn Thrush’s new e-book, Obama’s Last Stand, paints the Obama campaign as feuding, fighting, and fumbling — the kind of dynamics one sees from dysfunctional organizations under serious pressure from competitors.  Two of the campaign’s public leaders barely speak to one another any longer, even though both speak constantly to the public — because their only alternative is a disaster:

President Barack Obama’s campaign team, celebrated four years ago for its exceptional cohesion and eyes-on-the-prize strategic focus, has been shadowed this time by a succession of political disagreements and personal rivalries that haunted the effort at the outset. …

The discord, these sources said, has on occasion flowed from Obama himself, who at repeated turns has made vocal his dissatisfaction with decisions made by his campaign team, with its messaging, with Vice President Joe Biden and with what Obama feared was clumsy coordination between his West Wing and reelection headquarters in Chicago.

The effort in Chicago, meanwhile, has been bedeviled by some of the drama Obama so deftly dodged in 2008 — including, at a critical point earlier this year, a spat that left senior operatives David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter barely on speaking terms — and growing doubts about the effectiveness of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Washington Post picks up on Thrush’s reporting about Wasserman Schultz, too.  Wonder why you haven’t seen Debbie Downer as much as one would expect to see the chair of the Democratic Party in the middle of a presidential election?  So did Wasserman Schultz herself, according to Thrush’s book — and Team Obama showed her data from a focus group that placed her dead last among all of the campaign’s surrogates.  Of course, DWS is Barack Obama’s selection for party leader, a choice that looks in retrospect a lot like his choice of running mate.

The Post picks up on some more of Obama’s brilliance:

* Obama asked a friend of Sen. Marco Rubio’s in February if the Florida senator was going to be the GOP vice-presidential nominee and added, “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”

* VP Joe Biden had advised Obama to tread delicately on the issue of gay marriage, not long before going public with his own support.

* Top campaign aides David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter got into a weeks-long fight over a morning show appearance.

This does not look like a campaign — or an administration — running smoothly and on track for success.  On the other hand, at least Obama has brought us together on one point: No one likes Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and no one wants to see her on television.  Maybe we can build on that commonality to solve some of our other national problems, too.

Politico interviews Thrush to talk more about the e-book:

The portrait this paints is one of increasing desperation, and increasingly personal attacks from the Hopenchange President. My favorite line is the Team Obama frustration over “an economy that just won’t cooperate.”  Funny, that’s what the economy thinks of the White House.

Update: Yeesh.  I wrote “2008″ in the headline; obviously, we’re talking about 2012.  I’ve corrected it.


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I read the Glenn Thrush excerpt with full delight and a smile on my face.

DrStock on August 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Good. Rats in a cage.

A Balrog of Morgoth on August 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Axelrod, Cutter and Wasserman-Schultz are doing a great job. Unfortunately, their job is to sell Sh!t-Flavored Ice Cream to the American Public.

They have gotten 40% of the American People saying they like the taste of Sh!t-Flavored Ice Cream, which is quite an accomplishment!

Haiku Guy on August 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

* VP Joe Biden had advised Obama to tread delicately on the issue of gay marriage, not long before going public with his own support.

But, of course.

Robert_Paulson on August 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

How the heck do Gibbs and Carney rate amongst their most popular public faces? One is a swarmy turd and the other one is Robert Gibbs.

A Balrog of Morgoth on August 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Check out Drudge’s headline photo of Obama.

DrStock on August 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Funny pic Ed. Does that go with Bidens big stick comment?

flstc on August 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I downloaded it about an hour ago. I’ll update this thread as I read more of it(I’m 16% of the way through thus far). So far Obama sounds like the narcassist we all know and don’t love. He hates Romney for not standing for anything, refusing to stick by his MassachusettEs health care law, and here’s the kicker. He doesn’t want Romney elected primarily because Obama believes an economic recovery is just around the corner and he hates the thought of Mitt getting credit for it. Talk about delusional.

Doughboy on August 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

This does not look like a campaign — or an administration — running smoothly and on track for success.

It’s reminiscent of the desperation of a certain German chancellor who came to power in the 1930s in his last few days in power.

UltimateBob on August 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

This does not look like a campaign — or an administration — running smoothly and on track for success. On the other hand, at least Obama has brought us together on one point: No one likes Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and no one wants to see her on television.

I love DWS on TV. She is an unmitigated disaster, and is even more likely to say something that has me questioning her intelligence and political acumen then Joe Biden.

However, this is not that hard to imagine. A campaign build on filth, smears and nastiness, has to be orchestrated by people whose character allows them to do that. And when you combine such low character people, the end result will be in-fighting, and lots of it.

milcus on August 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

On the other hand, at least Obama has brought us together on one point: No one likes Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and no one wants to see her on television.

lorien likes her.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Newsweak, and now Politico? Is MSM’s sycophancy starting to crack?

Nawww, just a blip. Silly me.

petefrt on August 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

This is so sweet it makes my teeth ache.

platypus on August 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Check out Drudge’s headline photo of Obama.

DrStock on August 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

.
If he doesn’t knock it off, his face could “freeze” like that. : )

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Yummy Yummy Yummy!

No one likes Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and no one wants to see her on television. 

I have to disagree with you there, Ed. Debbie Downer does our side a lot of good! And how delicious will it be if she loses her own election to Karen Harrington? The more she talks, the more likely that becomes.

Naturally Curly on August 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM

“The Adults are in charge”

Del Dolemonte on August 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Out: Class Warfare
In: Kindergarten Class Warfare

Buy Danish on August 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

lorien likes her.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Well, he was going to take you to the Four Seasons but not after that crack.

platypus on August 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Obama asked a friend of Sen. Marco Rubio’s in February if the Florida senator was going to be the GOP vice-presidential nominee and added, “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”

oh……really. The hell you say.

Captain Kickass is in for a rude awakening. He better start packin’ his shizzat soon.

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

On the other hand, at least Obama has brought us together on one point: No one likes Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and no one wants to see her on television.

.
lorien likes her.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

.
Me too, me too !

I just disagree with her on . . . I dunno . . . everything.

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

2008 or 2012? It sounds like we’re talking about the current campaign.

boko fittleworth on August 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

So what? Lots of organizations thrive in chaos. These people managed to elect the first black President with a resume as thin as a thread. Hate everything about them, but give them credit for their “achievement.”

bobs1196 on August 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

WOW. We have not even had the conventions and the recriminations and finger-pointing have already started? Guess that’s what happens when you have a boy king that has no idea what he is doing. I guess we should have just let him eat his waffles.

tims472 on August 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

lorien likes her.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Well, he was going to take you to the Four Seasons but not after that crack.

platypus on August 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Get real. Like that would be enough.

Axe on August 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

“Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”

Boy?!

DrStock on August 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Not that much difference between the “Chicago Way” and “Joe Stalins Way”, some dissapers from old photos and new commies sitting at the head table. All commie to the core in the new photos.

It is what these commies do.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

The two things Obama fears most about a Romney victory: A 7-to-2 conservative Supreme Court within a few years. And the equally unbearable possibility, in his mind, that Romney will get to take a victory lap on an economic rebound Obama sees as just around the corner. “I’m not going to let him win … so that he can take credit when the economy turns around,” Obama said, according to an aide.

Is he afraid that Romney might get credit for a turnaround – or that Romney’s ideas might actually be right?

TarheelBen on August 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

“Tell your boy to watch it, he might get his ass kicked”.

From Preznit MomJeans. Yeah ok.

Bishop on August 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Obama surrounds himself with people who make him look good. No matter what the damage to the country.

meci on August 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

My favorite line is the Team Obama frustration over “an economy that just won’t cooperate.” Funny, that’s what the economy thinks of the White House.

Heh. The beatings of the economy are going to continue until the cooperation of the economy improves.

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Glenn Beck: The person Romney says he will put in charge of his USSC picks is Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

WooooHooooooooooo !

petefrt on August 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

My favorite line is the Team Obama frustration over “an economy that just won’t cooperate.” Funny, that’s what the economy thinks of the White House.

Related to that, I find it fascinating that part of his hatred of Romney is that Obama thinks that a President Romney will get all the credit for turning the economy around on the back of his initiatives.

But I disagree with the polling on one point. DWS is an attractive addition to the campaign. And she has the best in breed trophies to prove it.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

No one likes Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and no one wants to see her on television.

I’m happy to see Dopey Debby on t.v.

The more she talks, the better for us.

AZCoyote on August 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Obama surrounds himself with people who make him look good. No matter what the damage to the country.

meci on August 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Trouble is that those people do just the opposite. Their ne’er do wells and sycophants rather than talented and trustworthy advisers. He cannot stomach the notion that there be someone in his camp that would do anything to diminish his radiant brilliance as the Lightbringer. It’s no wonder he had to hire Joe Effing Biden as the brainstem to be his #2 guy.

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

If this keeps up, People magazine and Entertainment Tonight will declare Obama “Ballot Box Office Poison”.

The fangs and claws are coming out. Who could have predicted this??

Naturally Curly on August 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Between DWS,Plugs Biden,the infighting the Obama ship is listing badly.Clusterf**k mode is great news-made my day.

jeffinsjvca on August 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Glenn Beck: The person Romney says he will put in charge of his USSC picks is Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

WooooHooooooooooo !

petefrt on August 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

whoa hold on a sec. Is that who Glenn B hopes that Romney puts in charge or actually who Romney said he’ll put in charge???? If Romney actually said that, can you give a link?

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

My favorite line is the Team Obama frustration over “an economy that just won’t cooperate.”

Not funny, when one thinks about it.

This is statist totalitarianism at its purist.

Hawkins1701 on August 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM

LOL .. We need to capture that pic for Nov 7 !!!!

pambi on August 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

These commie Democrats did nothing to get this fool elected.
They just do a tiny bet more than the RNC who in 8 years now have not allowed even a second to a motiong to bring up illegal immigration to a vote at the RNC level.

No its the people of the U.S. who do not vote at all never even register to vote, let alone vote.

These loon commie, earth first, greenpeace, anti war Decocrats make up on 15% of voteing America.

It is our fault and we know it and do nothing but for a few.

40% of Americans have never even voted at all.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

If this keeps up, People magazine and Entertainment Tonight will declare Obama “Ballot Box Office Poison”.

The fangs and claws are coming out. Who could have predicted this??

Naturally Curly on August 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I’m sure that these swanky dinners with George Clooney had to have spurned some of this strategery with People and ET. I mean, over beers George had to have quipped, “Hey, look how good that these magazines make me look, and I’m just a no-talent ass clown.…”

/tips.

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

semi-related on the drama front. Check out lizzie warren and the hog that she’s tryin’ to put some lipstick on.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/08/elizabeth-warrens-dukakis-tank-moment/

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

My favorite line is the Team Obama frustration over “an economy that just won’t cooperate.” Funny, that’s what the economy thinks of the White House.

That’s not a “funny” quote per se. It speaks of the totalitarian bent that Obama has.

lorien1973 on August 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Obama campaign in 2008 was overrated beyond belief. The man victory has nothing to do with him or his campaign.

In 2008 Obama won for these two most important reasons that are not related to him what so ever:

First, the majority of voters wanted to get rid of Republicans and would have voted for Satan if he was the democrat nominee… 2008 was the most perfect storm against Republicans…

Second, the financial and housing collapse six weeks before the elections further pushed the majority of voters to vote against the Republicans and McCain…

All the other reasons including McCain being weak, or Sarah Palin, or Obama being half black and the idea of the first half black President have very little to do with Obama winning… Without reason # 1 and reason # 2 stated above McCain would have defeated Obama…

mnjg on August 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

New book claims Team Obama riven with dissension, drama in 2008

The book is about the current campaign, not 2008, no? Was the headline written by Joe Biden?

rcpjr on August 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Mr. Thrush better watch his back. The long knives are being sharpened.

Metanis on August 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Schadenfreude-fest?

Funny how trying to divide a country against itself, gross incompetence and rampant mendacity bites you in the ass- isn’t it?

Marcus Traianus on August 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

It’s strange … the polls still favor Obama by 3 points or so yet we all know a tidal wave is coming from the other direction. Even the Obama team can smell it. After the two conventions the water will begin to rise and by October the Obama camp will be in complete meltdown.

[Rubbing hands together]. I can’t wait!

MaxMBJ on August 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

My favorite line is the Team Obama frustration over “an economy that just won’t cooperate.”

Hey, Barry, ever wonder if you’re doing it wrong?

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Debbie is no Eva.

More of her is more votes for R’s.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The role of the chairs of the DNC and RNC is – by definition – partisan. I’m not upset about that.

“Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”

Try saying that if you’re a Republican. You’d be a racist, and the media would plaster it all over everything for weeks.

Washington Nearsider on August 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

So what? Lots of organizations thrive in chaos. These people managed to elect the first black President with a resume as thin as a thread. Hate everything about them, but give them credit for their “achievement.”

bobs1196 on August 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Sadly, and there are still very, very many people that still support them! The momentum is currently behind the opposition.Can Romney/Ryan maintain the push through election day?

Boats48 on August 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Poop flows downhill. This is just Obama blaming others again. Sure hope it continues for another 60 days and it will be 1984 all over again.

democratsarefools on August 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Obama Schedule || Monday, August 20, 2012

by Keith Koffler on August 19, 2012, 9:34 pm

11:05 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
12:20 pm || Lunch with Biden
2:25 pm || Participates in interviews with local TV anchors from Jacksonville, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; and San Diego, California; Roosevelt Room
6:15 pm || Has dinner with the first lady and winners of a campaign contest; Washington

————————————

There is no specific indication that the pair have scheduled today’s lunch to discuss Biden’s recent series of mistakes, which have knocked the Obama campaign off message.

But it’s also not clear why another lunch was scheduled so soon after last Thursday’s meal. While Obama and Biden are both campaigning for several days this week, each will be at the White House this Thursday and possibly could have dined together then.

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/

Tightening up the “message”?

Cody1991 on August 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM

The preference cascade rolls on.

It’s unstoppable now.

Inertia has totally taken over.

trapeze on August 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Is it really that much of a surprise that a group of people who seek to rule and control a country based on selfishness, laziness, and division make a muck of their personal relationships? Does it come as a shock that the very people who don’t want the country to work or have independent thought are incapable of working together or creating a cohesive message?

No. Didn’t think so.

Romney is running a tight ship and I admire him for it. As a small business owner, I know who I would hire as a consultant. Product does not move itself on Hope and Change.

JoseQuinones on August 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

This type of behavior is typical of a sinking ship with everyone trying to position someone else to take the blame. Methinks Obama’s internal numbers are much worse than what is being released for public consumption.

tommyboy on August 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Tightening up the “message”?

Cody1991 on August 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM

It’s for optics. Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney are holding a joint rally today so Obama and Biden have lunch to show their unity or something on the heels of racist Joe having the worst week in Washington.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Methinks Obama’s internal numbers are much worse than what is being released for public consumption.

tommyboy on August 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

The WaPo discussion of this book mentions that Obama gets very concerned about the enthusiasm gap and drills down on the number of volunteers signed up to help his campaign. In other words, he’s frustrated that he doesn’t just have to show up and get treated like a rock star.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

…so Obama and Biden have lunch to show their unity or something on the heels of racist Joe having the worst week in Washington.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

hey Joe! Get a food taster!!

@tips

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

he’s frustrated that he doesn’t just have to show up and get treated like a rock star.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

One hit wonder bands generally feel similarly when they’re trying to sell their second album. They just can’t reproduce the original magic but, hey, there’s always VH1……

/career tips

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Ed,
Your headline is wrong. This is about the 2012 campaign.

tims472 on August 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Obama asked a friend of Sen. Marco Rubio’s in February if the Florida senator was going to be the GOP vice-presidential nominee and added, “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”

No surprise – I hope the independents start to see him for what he is: classless.

An even better example is what he said at the unveiling of George W. Bush’s portrait.

Drained Brain on August 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

One hit wonder bands generally feel similarly when they’re trying to sell their second album. They just can’t reproduce the original magic but, hey, there’s always VH1……

/career tips

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

There has got to be some real fear among the commies that Romney and Ryan are coming off as the “cool ones” while Obama is coming off as the out-of-touch old guy. This is new territory for the jug-eared Kenyan who has always campaigned as some sort of a hipster.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I think Bari surrounds himself with ppl who are not as smart as him, think about that, that is the reason we have Biden, DWS and the rest of the incompetent morons……….

angrymike on August 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

No surprise – I hope the independents start to see him for what he is: classless petty bully.

Drained Brain on August 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

FIFY

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Time for a Hitler hears about Obama’s Last Stand?

tims472 on August 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Good. If they’re too busy fighting amongst themselves then they’ll hopefully be less effective when fighting to keep their power in the upcoming election.

Yakko77 on August 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Ah, if only Barry could go back to the easy days of just voting PRESENT!

GarandFan on August 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I think Bari surrounds himself with ppl who are not as smart as him, think about that, that is the reason we have Biden, DWS and the rest of the incompetent morons……….

angrymike on August 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Sorta like looking thin by hanging around with fat people?

I think you need to make a distinction here. Biden, DWS, etc are not in the inner circle. This outer circle are a bunch of clowns but make no mistake that Jarrett, Mooch, and the rest of the inner circle are not stupid. They are committed anti-American socialists who need to be stopped.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

JoseQuinones on August 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

THIS

pambi on August 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Ah, if only Barry could go back to the easy days of just voting PRESENT!

GarandFan on August 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Out= Hiding your socialist views by voting present.

In= Executing your anti-American socialist agenda by Executive Order.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

So, now that Barry has blessed the word “boy”, can we now use it in reference to ANYBODY?

SpiderMike on August 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Obama asked a friend of Sen. Marco Rubio’s in February if the Florida senator was going to be the GOP vice-presidential nominee and added, “Tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”

B-b-but gumbyandpokey, and the Beltway media, keep telling me how “likable” he is. And they couldn’t possibly be wrong about that.

Right Mover on August 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I think Bari surrounds himself with ppl who are not as smart as him,

And I bet that’s a lot harder than it sounds.

tommyboy on August 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Organizing for America’s paid Hot Air trolls conspicuously absent from this thread …

Right Mover on August 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

But it’s also not clear why another lunch was scheduled so soon after last Thursday’s meal.

Cody1991 on August 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Joe has to turn in his punishment assignment that he has been working on all weekend. “I will not make an A$$ of the President.” 10,000 times handwritten!

DrStock on August 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

11:05 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
12:20 pm || Lunch with Biden
2:25 pm || Participates in interviews with local TV anchors from Jacksonville, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; and San Diego, California; Roosevelt Room
6:15 pm || Has dinner with the first lady and winners of a campaign contest; Washington

————————————

Cody1991 on August 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM

So what is the lazy bastard doing before his 11:05 briefing? Shopping for lunch, perhaps, at the local dog shelters? Tough day, starting that late.

TXUS on August 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

This Team has about 90 days to clean up their act.

On the bright side, this Team has about 90 days to screw things up.

TimBuk3 on August 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Ed,
Your headline is wrong. This is about the 2012 campaign.

tims472 on August 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

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I was going to say that: the ebook is about the current disarray inside the Barry campaign.

bayview on August 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I’m shocked that two cretins like Axelrod and Cutter who both deal in lies and slander couldn’t get on!

jangle12 on August 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

“I will not make an A$$ of the President. He can do that all by hisself” 10,000 times handwritten!

DrStock on August 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

FIFY

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Team Obama frustration over “an economy that just won’t cooperate.”

This implies they actually think they’re doing the right things.

That’s downright scary.

The Rogue Tomato on August 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM

DrStock on August 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I guess Obama got confused that the Democrat’s mascot is not something you aspire to.

tims472 on August 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I think Bari surrounds himself with ppl who are not as smart as him, think about that, that is the reason we have Biden, DWS and the rest of the incompetent morons……….

angrymike on August 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

‘s interesting.

Axe on August 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Lunch with Uncle Joe today – Re-teaching the Alinsky stuff Joe forgot since last Thursday.

ironked on August 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

So that’s Thrush interviewing himself?

InterestedObserver on August 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Where does Axelrod show up in the focus group polling? Can’t be much higher that Schulz.

InterestedObserver on August 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Two of the campaign’s public leaders barely speak to one another any longer, even though both speak constantly to the public — because their only alternative is a disaster:

The “disaster?” Having their candidate actually speak for himself.

Keep this in mind: no matter how disjointed and incoherent these people are individually (let alone when trying to work as a “team”) the only reason they have a job is because “The Most Articulate Man In The Universe” is even MORE screwed up than they are.

logis on August 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

angrymike on August 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Actually I think he surrounds himself with people that ARE as smart as he is because he’s not that smart. His problem is these people only tell him what he wants to hear since his narcissism would not allow otherwise.

tims472 on August 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Update: Yeesh. I wrote “2008″ in the headline; obviously, we’re talking about 2012. I’ve corrected it.

Yay! Thanks, Ed. Now go get yourself another cup of coffee.

tims472 on August 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I have been a little shocked at what a poor campaign Obama’s team has run so far. Alot of it does have to do with the fact there is nothing positive to defend from his first term but these guys look like they couldn’t win a junior high student council race. Axelrod is an ahole for sure but I don’t blame him for getting upset over the incompetence of this Cutter chick, she is an embarrasment that magnifies how out of touch the entire Obama presidency is. And Wasserman is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Ellis on August 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I have had this imaginative idea of sorts where it is the last night of the Democratic National Convention and just before Obama gives his bloated acceptance speech, massive fistfights break out in the convention hall, chairs are flying, party favors are being used to beat people over the head with; just general mayhem all over the place, and throughout the whole mess, Elton John is heard over the speaker system singing “Can’t You Feel The Love Tonight?”

If this were to actually happen, it would be a YouTube moment for the ages.

pilamaye on August 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Yeesh. I wrote “2008″ in the headline; obviously, we’re talking about 2012. I’ve corrected it.

Darn, now I can’t whine about more media malpractice.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Why do they want to hide DWS..?

d1carter on August 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Dear Leader is having trouble leading his inner circle.

Self-destructive dissension, finger pointing, and the blame game usually doesn’t start until after election defeat, except when the leader is unable to lead his own closest advisers, loyalists, and supporters.

farsighted on August 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Dear Leader is having trouble leading his inner circle.

Self-destructive dissension, finger pointing, and the blame game usually doesn’t start until after election defeat, except when the leader is unable to lead his own closest advisers, loyalists, and supporters.

farsighted on August 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM

this is how a coup gets started…..

ted c on August 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM

They have gotten 40% of the American People saying they like the taste of Sh!t-Flavored Ice Cream, which is quite an accomplishment!

Haiku Guy on August 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

..um..I believe Schadenfreude (the HG commenter, not the psychological phenomenon) would characterize that mo0re correctly as Beluga Caviar flavored ice cream.

The War Planner on August 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM

How the heck do Gibbs and Carney rate amongst their most popular public faces? One is a swarmy turd and the other one is Robert Gibbs.

A Balrog of Morgoth on August 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

..again with the corrections here. Sorry, this is punctilious day for me. I believe that should read:

One is a swarmy turd and the other one is a smarmy turd named Robert Gibbs.

The War Planner on August 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Heh. Well what would you expect? Axelhead is a communist, DWS is an uneducated nitwit so short on brains and talent that she makes the certifiably, pathologically crazy Cutter look almost human.

Must be hell in there.

Jaibones on August 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

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