Axelrod: I’ll shave my moustache if we lose PA, MI or MN

posted at 11:21 am on October 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What better way to close out our Morning Of The Living Polls with this tongue-in-cheek (lip?) pledge from David Axelrod?  When challenged on the sudden expansion of the electoral map for Mitt Romney into previously-considered safe Democratic states, Team Obama’s communications director scoffed at the notion that Barack Obama might be vulnerable in Pennsylvania, Michigan, or Minnesota — despite the fact that his team has shifted millions to those states this week in a last-ditch defensive effort.  Axelrod tells the Morning Joe crew that he’ll shave off his moustache “of 40 years” live on their show if Obama loses any of those three states:

Jake Tapper tweeted a quick quip in response:

Axelrod didn’t do so well with his answer to Mark Halperin’s question about independents in Ohio:

As it happens, I tend to agree with Axelrod about Minnesota.  The Mason-Dixon poll for the Star-Tribune looks pretty solid on the demographics, but I’m not seeing a lot of Romney activism on the ground here.  The Senate race has been a snooze; the only real energy in this state for the election relates to the referendum on the definition of marriage.  That’s driving enthusiasm from the core counties in the Twin Cities, which is exactly what you don’t want to see if you’re a Republican presidential candidate.

On the other two states, though, I wouldn’t be so sanguine.  Josh Kraushaar has a pretty good insight into what may be happening in the Rust Belt:

But it’s also becoming clear it’s not just Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin that are looking winnable for Romney – it’s the entire swath of competitive Midwestern and Rust Belt states that share demographic similarities, and where Republicans made significant gains during the 2010 midterms. Obama holds a small lead in Ohio thanks to the auto bailout, but the issues driving the electorate in neighboring states are more favorable to Republicans.

The Obama campaign is on air in Minnesota, and sent former President Clinton to Minneapolis and Duluth to shore up his standing this week. That comes in the wake of a Minneapolis Star-Tribune poll showing Obama with a mere three-point lead, 47 to 44 percent. Obama is bleeding support from working-class white voters upstate over his health care law and energy policies. Also worth remembering: Obama won Minnesota by a narrower margin in 2008 (55 percent of the vote) than he did Wisconsin (56 percent of the vote), which has long been considered a toss-up.

In Pennsylvania, Romney’s debate performances narrowed his once-imposing deficit in the Philadelphia suburbs and his campaign is making a play to turn the western part of the state Republican. The Romney campaign is up with an energy ad attacking Obama on coal and cap-and-trade, a message aimed at converting disaffected Democrats around the Pittsburgh media market. A Philadelphia Inquirer poll conducted last week showed Obama with a 49 to 43 percent lead, with GOP internal polling showing the race even tighter.

In Michigan, the Obama campaign just announced it was buying costly Detroit television for the final week of the campaign to counter a multi-million dollar buy from Romney’s super PAC. Expect Obama to blast Romney on the auto bailout, and Romney to criticize the president over his record on welfare, both issues particularly potent with blue-collar workers prevalent in the state. A Detroit News/WDIV poll out today showed Obama’s lead down to three, 48 to 45 percent, the narrowest it’s been in a while.

The election isn’t just coming down to Ohio. There’s plenty of evidence that, given Obama’s struggles with white working-class voters, he could face some unexpected headwinds in states that have been in the Democratic column during presidential years since at least 1988. Obama’s campaign is acknowledging as much with their late television buys and surrogate campaign stops. Romney is currently trailing in the aforementioned states by several points, but Obama is under the 50 percent mark. If undecided voters break to the challenger, all bets are off.

Undecideds normally break in a big way away from the incumbent, who has had four years to win their votes.  That, combined with the numbers we’re seeing on voter enthusiasm, suggests that we may see a Rust Belt wave break in six days that will not only boost Romney, it might even claim Davod Axelrod’s moustache.

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Axeldorf should be tarred and feathered if the incumbent gets beaten.

Fuquay Steve on October 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Axelrod: I’ll shave my moustache if we lose PA, MI or MN

I’m mortified thinking of what he’s going to shave when Bac-0 loses all three………..

Tenwheeler on October 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM

His moustache?

How about something really daring… like volunteering to be our next Ambassador to Libya? And Mitt will promise you the same level as protection as Obama offered to Stephens.

ajacksonian on October 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

What will Mika shave?

Fuquay Steve on October 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

If you lose, Axelrod, just go away. No one cares.

22044 on October 31, 2012 at 11:29 AM

“Don’t go away mad, just uh, go away!”

Mario Peebles – Heartbreak Ridge

Tenwheeler on October 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Axelrod: I’ll shave my moustache if we lose PA, MI or MN

…he’s such a turd…he’ll chicken out and use NAIR !

KOOLAID2 on October 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

We need to know if the Kraken will take Axlerod as tribute if he shaves his moustache.

oldroy on October 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

This is stupid. If Obama loses PA, MI, or MN, he’s going to lose the election, and therefore, Axelrod won’t be on TV anymore, and therefore can’t prove he’s shaving off his mustache.

Red Cloud on October 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Then he won’t look like Baghdad Bob…. only sound like him.

ultracon on October 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Does this mean no mustache ride for Madonna after she strips?

PD Quig on October 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Campaigned for a lying sack

Now my mustache I must hack

Burma Shave

Mason on October 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

His moustache?

How about something really daring… like volunteering to be our next Ambassador to Libya? And Mitt will promise you the same level as protection as Obama offered to Stephens.

ajacksonian on October 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

THIS

Stand up or shut up Axe

HotAirian on October 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Better Buy Barbasol!

jaydee_007 on October 31, 2012 at 12:31 PM

This is stupid. If Obama loses PA, MI, or MN, he’s going to lose the election, and therefore, Axelrod won’t be on TV anymore, and therefore can’t prove he’s shaving off his mustache.

Red Cloud on October 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Just more empty promises brought to you by the Democrat Party.

Mitoch55 on October 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM

ajacksonian on October 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Ambassador to Afghanistan? Pakistan? With local contractors for security.

antisocial on October 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Can’t you do something bold like move to North Korea in protest?

CorporatePiggy on October 31, 2012 at 12:35 PM

We need to know if the Kraken will take Axlerod as tribute if he shaves his moustache.

No, that’d be considered cruelty to animals and give it indigestion to boot.

hawkeye54 on October 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I have a feeling that we’ll be hearing a lot of the following from liberals on November 7:

1) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
2) How could Romney win? Obama consistently led Romney in the NY Times…
3) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
4) How could Romney win? I don’t know a single person who voted for him!
5) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
6) Romney’s not my president… I didn’t vote for him.
7) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
8) Voter fraud!!!!!!!!
9) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
10) It’s Bush’s fault!!!!
11) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
12) The media was far too critical of Obama!!!!
13) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
14) Damn that Fox News!!!!
15) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
16) Damn those right-wing neo-conservative bloggers!!!
17) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
18) But Obama killed Osama bin Laden!!!
19) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
20) It’s those rascist Chritians’ fault!!!!!
21) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
22) G’ddamn Israeli zionists!!!!
23) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
24) Where were the UN poll watchers???
25) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
26) We were disenfranchised!!!!
27) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
28) Voter intimidation!!!!
29) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
30) Damn that Sandy!!! Washed away all of our forged ballots!!!
31) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
32) Damn that Sandy!!! I was stuck in LaGuardia when I should have voter early for the 3rd time in Ohio!!!
33) Boooooooosssssshhhhhhh!!!!!!
34) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
35) Damn that 1%!!!!!!
36) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
37) What the hell do you mean ‘Independent’? Everyone I know is Democrat!!!
38) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
39) Damn those ‘fat cat’ bankers!!!!
40) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
41) Republicans cheat, steal, and lie!!!! Now were all going to die!!!
42) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
43) What’s going to happen to my Obama dollars???
44) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
45) How could Romney win??? All of the illegal aliens I know voted for Obama!!!!
46) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
47) How could Romney win???? Trumka said they printed 10 million additional ‘lost’ Obama votes!!!!
48) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
49) How could Romney win???? I voted 5 times in different states for Obama!!!
50) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
51) How could Romney win???? My women’s studies prof said that Obama was sure to get re-elected!!!
52) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
53) How could Romney win???? My women’s studies prof said that this wasn’t possible because of selective abortions of all the conservative babies since Roe v Wade!!!!
54) Raaaaaaascists!!!!
55) Chris Mathews told me that Obama won, that this is a conspiracy of raaaaaascists!!!
56) Raaaaaaascists!!!!

Danny on October 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Danny on October 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

.

Did you remember to include “Raaaaaaascists!!!!“, in that list?

listens2glenn on October 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Notice he didn’t mention Ohio…

Del Dolemonte on October 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Mason on October 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

That was funny, I must admit

Poking fun at that sack of sh!t.

Burma Shave

esnap on October 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Campaigned for a lying sack

Now my mustache I must hack

Burma Shave

Mason on October 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

LOL *applauds”

Sadly, he’s probably right about those three states. (Too bad – we could have used another Jim-Messina-creepy-looking type in the Dem party)

I notice he’s not so sure about WI or OH though.

inviolet on October 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM

That’s pretty funny how MSNBC puts ’270′ in blue and ‘BUST’ in red.

johnnybravo on October 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I think he should shave his head.

disa on October 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Axe should go away forever after this election. He was our governor’s campaign manager too, Obama’s political twin, Deval Patrick. Axelrod has helped elect enough jerks in his lifetime.

HotAirian- I like the idea of Axe being the Ambassador to LIbya, he deserves that. Was he in the room watching the events live?

carolt2 on October 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I think he should shave his head.

I think he should shave his eyebrows.

hawkeye54 on October 31, 2012 at 1:05 PM

The man’s a toad of the first order. He can shave his lying a$$ for all I care…

CaptFlood on October 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM

is it too late in the season to pick up a new hedge-trimmer? gas-powered.
/.

CaveatEmpty on October 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Romney is spending the whole day in Florida ,that is all we need to know …great news for President Obama

U2denver on October 31, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Shave your moustache?

Great. Will you leave the country and take Alec Baldwin with you too?

NoPain on October 31, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Well obviously the dude pretty much looks like Adolf Hitler. So just shave off the sides of the mustache.

Hummer53 on October 31, 2012 at 1:53 PM

“Didn’t feel the headwinds blow”

“Writing on the wall was low”

“Unappetizing meal of crow”

“Flav’r sav’r’s got to go”

Burma Shave

Barnestormer on October 31, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Axelrod: I’ll shave my moustache if we lose PA, MI or MN

…and Val Jarrets upper-inner-thighs file protest!

KOOLAID2 on October 31, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Romney is spending the whole day in Florida ,that is all we need to know …great news for President Obama

U2denver on October 31, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I agree. At least Romney is not out and about in a swing state or anything while Obama is desperately trying to look like he knows what he is doing in New Jersey. Obama would be in New York, which is an even bigger photo op but Bloomberg told him to GTFO.

Mitsouko on October 31, 2012 at 2:03 PM

David, we could care less. Hadn’t you better start packing our things?

Amazingoly on October 31, 2012 at 2:05 PM

MSNBC should have to cover Axelrod shaving his mustache live and without cutting away — all five boring minutes of it.

Pythagoras on October 31, 2012 at 2:07 PM

MSNBC should have to cover Axelrod shaving his mustache live and without cutting away — all five boring minutes of it.

Give me a straight-edge and I can hack it off in 2 minutes….of course some of his upper lip would probably be hacked off as well, but wouldn’t Axelrod’s screams and blood spattering everywhere make the event less boring, no?

hawkeye54 on October 31, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Axelrod like his boss is a Liar…..at best.

I’m not worried about his ‘stash. I’m worried about the freaking country!!!!

PappyD61 on October 31, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Great. Will you leave the country and take Alec Baldwin with you too?

Just goes to show how much a leftist vow is worth.

hawkeye54 on October 31, 2012 at 2:20 PM

These ads are annoying…Just saying.

Terrye on October 31, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I’d rather you practice falling down in traffic, comrade.

tom daschle concerned on October 31, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I’d pay $100 to dry shave his back and douse him with salt water.

Anti-Statist on October 31, 2012 at 2:41 PM

What will Mika shave?

Fuquay Steve on October 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

+1

burserker on October 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Axelrod’s mustache or Cutter’s balls, shave whatever you like, I’ll be busy NOT CARING and savoring the W!

TheAudacityofNOPE on October 31, 2012 at 2:58 PM

This is stupid. If Obama loses PA, MI, or MN, he’s going to lose the election, and therefore, Axelrod won’t be on TV anymore, and therefore can’t prove he’s shaving off his mustache.

Red Cloud on October 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Axelrod is talking about shaving his mustache on MSNBC — not on a real network.

J.S.K. on October 31, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I wish Axelturf would just shave his ass and leave the country.

Yasherka on October 31, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Axelrod: I’ll shave my moustache if we lose PA, MI or MN

Great, how will we know which end we are looking at??

right2bright on October 31, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Your grandfather (Joe Stalin) will be upset.

nimrod on October 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Danny on October 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Democrats, the party of lame excuses.

Sterling Holobyte on October 31, 2012 at 3:28 PM

He wouldn’t shave it regardless. These people lie unceasingly and without remorse now. It is ok to do it because even their overlord does it.

Sterling Holobyte on October 31, 2012 at 3:31 PM

He will never admit they lost…

right2bright on October 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Perhaps Axelrod can shave his mustache and Madonna can shave
her head (she has threatened to do so) when Romney wins.

Then can Cher, Alec Baldwin, and all the other leftie whackos
out in Hollywierd finally move out of the country?

Amjean on October 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

What will Mika shave?

Fuquay Steve

Joe Scarborough.

Romney is spending the whole day in Florida ,that is all we need to know …great news for President Obama

U2denver

Obama is spending the whole day in NJ, that is all we need to know – great news for President-to-be Romney.

xblade on October 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Perhaps Axelrod can shave his mustache and Madonna can shave
her head (she has threatened to do so) when Romney wins.

Then can Cher, Alec Baldwin, and all the other leftie whackos
out in Hollywierd finally move out of the country?

Amjean on October 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

If Madonna shaves her head, we’ll see scars from a lifetime of plastic surgery. That would be interesting in a slow-down-to-see-the-wreck-on-the-hiway kind of way.

slickwillie2001 on October 31, 2012 at 5:43 PM

So who could tell the difference? He’s been talking out the other end for 5 years now.

LCT688 on October 31, 2012 at 7:02 PM

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