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David Axelrod
  • Quote Unquote: Thank You, Gov. Romney

    Adviser to the president David Axelrod states his gratitude toward former Massachusetts governor and Republican 2012 front runner Mitt Romney

    "[Mitt Romney] did some interesting things there on health care, you know. We got some good ideas from him."

    You know, they say that sardonic thankfulness is the highest form of flattery. In politics, anyway.


    Tags: David Axelrod, Health Care, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, Quote Unquote
  • Obama Extending Bush Tax Cuts for Our Social and Economic Betters

    Congratulations, billionaires! Looks like you'll be able to buy that new Caribbean island for your mistress after all!

    The White House signaled Wednesday that President Barack Obama is ready to cut a deal on the Bush-era tax cuts — accepting a temporary extension of the cuts for the wealthiest Americans to win renewal of tax breaks for middle-class taxpayers…

    But Obama’s top political adviser, David Axelrod, said Wednesday that the White House has to deal with "the world of what it takes to get this done" — a signal to Democrats that they don’t have the votes to kill the high-end tax cuts in the face of a new Republican House majority and resistance from Democratic moderates in the Senate.

    "We have to deal with the world as we find it," Axelrod told the Huffington Post.

    Man, this administration's catchphrases have gotten steadily less inspiring since 2008, haven't they? "We have to deal with the world as we find it!" sure is gonna be a tough chant to get started at the Democratic Convention in '12. Maybe, by then, they'll just change it to something simpler, like, "Eh, whatever…" or "What else are we gonna do?"

    But, you know what, this isn't just Obama's failure. It's also the Tea Party's victory. Those common everyday good American people can really feel a sense of pride when they see a private jet flying way up in the sky over their heads. They can think, "It was my hard work that helped that guy get that jet I'm really making a difference."


    Tags: Barack Obama, David Axelrod, Economy, Midterms, Money, Taxes, Tea Party
  • Old Man Axelrod Accused of "Hippie Punching" by Punched Hippie

    Look, the way I see it, if liberal hippies didn't want to get punched for being all liberal and hippie-ish and shit, then they shouldn't be such liberal hippies.

    Like, take for example this conference call yesterday in which David Axelrod was asking a bunch of liberal hippie bloggers — who should have been happy to even get to talk to someone from an administration that they worked their asses off to get elected — to work their asses off to keep the Democratic Party, which wants nothing to do with the liberal hippies usually, in control of Congress.

    Classic liberal hippie bullshit here

    That tension burst out into the open when [Susan Madrak of Crooks and Liars] directly asked Axelrod: "Have you ever heard of hippie punching?" That prompted a long silence from Axelrod.

    "You want us to help you, the first thing I would suggest is enough of the hippie punching," Madrak added. "We're the girl you'll take under the bleachers but you won't be seen with in the light of day."

    Axelrod didn't engage on "hippie punching," but he said he agreed with the blogger. "To the extent that we shouldn't get involved in intramural skirmishing, I couldn't agree more," Axelrod said. "We just can't afford that. There are big things at stake here."

    Madrak replied that Axelrod was missing the point — that the criticism of the left made it tougher for bloggers like herself to motivate the base. "Don't make our jobs harder," she said.

    "Right back at'cha. Right back at'cha," Axelrod replied, a bit testily, an apparent reference to blogospheric criticism of the administration.

    The nerve of that hippie. Can you even believe it? Acting like she and other people like her are decent and deserve to not get laughed at by the White House to the decent press as soon they've completed their jobs. Enough to make you sick, ain't it?


    Tags: David Axelrod, Liberals, White House
  • This Is Not Completely Baseless

    In fact, I'd bet there's some pretty decently-sized crossover appeal. I mean, they're both black and disarmingly stoic, and at least one of them is gay

    Also, if you like Wilford Brimley, you might also like David Axelrod.

    Not to mention, if you like Rahm Emanuel, you might also like having your face pounded in with a sack full of bowling trophies.


    Tags: Barack Obama, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Television
  • Jon Stewart's Extended and Unedited Interview with David Axelrod

    As mentioned on last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart's interview with White House adviser David Axelrod went long, but you can watch the complete segment here right now. You'll notice that in addition to being extended, the interview is also uncensored, which means there's absolutely no pixelation on Axelrod's mustache. So, you know, keep the kids out of the room.

    Parts two and three can be found below.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, David Axelrod, Economy, Financial Reform, Health Care, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, Unemployment, Video