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Axelrod: I sure am disappointed that Romney didnít criticize Rush more harshly
Hot Air ^ | March 15, 2012 | Allahpundit

Posted on 03/15/2012 8:06:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

So, to answer my own question from this afternoon — no, I guess we’re not quite done with this yet. And to repeat a point I made in that same post, for politicos and their apparatchiks, this “debate” is of course 99 percent about partisanship. When asked about Rush’s comments, Romney tersely said, “It’s not the language I would have used.” When asked about Maher this afternoon, though, he unloaded:

In an appearance on the Sean Hannity radio show, Romney said, “Frankly, what Bill Maher said, and I finally read the transcripts, I was offended, outraged that a person would say that on TV and would not have been called on the carpet before now and not apologized for it. To have the Obama campaign retain a million dollars from Bill Maher, it is simply outrageous. I don’t condone that kind of language and particularly in a public setting, a TV setting.… It’s just gone way beyond the pale.” Romney did not stipulate which transcript he had reviewed, but Maher has used inappropriate language to attack conservative women, including Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. Much of what he said is not publishable, but he did call Palin “a bully who sells patriotism like a pimp, and the leader of a strange family of inbred weirdos.”…

Romney and Obama have one thing in common, though. Both are calling for more civil discourse in politics. Romney told Hannity, “Republicans and Democrats disagree on issues, and we have differing viewpoints, but this level of outrageous and incendiary language has got to stop. We’re going to have to come together and deal with these deficits and take action to make America more competitive. This has just got to stop.”

Here’s Axelrod running through the checklist of Democratic talking points on Rush/Maher. Maher’s trying to be funny (not really), Palin’s a public figure (so am I, says Erin Burnett), Limbaugh controls the GOP as if it’s his own personal puppet show (four words: “Republican nominee John McCain”), blah blah blah. Earnest question: Has The One had any “Sistah Souljah moments” while in office of the sort Axelrod’s demanding of Romney here vis-a-vis Rush? He had a nice moment in his Tucson speech last year when, contra the left’s frenzy, he denied that political rhetoric had motivated Gabby Giffords’s attacker, but he didn’t call anyone out by name. His usual M.O. is to position himself above the fray by calling for civility while never quite taking anyone on his own side specifically to task, but there may be examples that I’ve forgotten. When he was pressed to criticize the “war on women” nonsense last week at his briefing, he said he didn’t want to act as arbiter of what is and isn’t rhetorically appropriate — even though he had done so just minutes earlier in talking about Limbaugh. His golden opportunity was of course his speech on race in 2008 after the Wright thing blew up, but the whole point of that was how he wouldn’t disown Wright any more than he’d disown his own grandmother notwithstanding how obnoxious their rhetoric might have been at times. David French’s read on O dating back to his time at Harvard Law is exactly right, I think. If he’s in a liberal milieu where cretins like Bill Ayers are “mainstream,” then he’s happy to gladhand them. No judgment, ever.

(VIDEO AT LINK)


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: axelrod; billmaher; democrats; limbaugh; partisanmediashills; romney; rush; rushlimbaugh; sandrafluke; talkradio

1 posted on 03/15/2012 8:06:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Axelgrease! STHU!


2 posted on 03/15/2012 8:09:27 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid. - Dem pollster, Tom Jensen)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So Romney is Axlerods man?


3 posted on 03/15/2012 8:09:27 PM PDT by mylife
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am disappointed that Axelrod kills puppies with a bat.


4 posted on 03/15/2012 8:10:21 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Liberal concern for womens rights is fake. I submit their love of Bill Maher as proof.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hey Axelrod.....Photobucket
5 posted on 03/15/2012 8:21:11 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I find it hilarious that Maher has the audacity to mock Palin for appearing inbred. The man with the learing lips and the dopey countenance who looks like he stumbles through life intoxicated, even when sober, calls Palin “inbred.” Pot-kettle. He’s like your grimy uncle who always hits on his 12-year old niece.


6 posted on 03/15/2012 8:22:27 PM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How’s that smashmouth politics working out for you, Axelrod?


7 posted on 03/15/2012 8:26:20 PM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: CaspersGh0sts

Does Mr. Maher realize that Governor Palin’s husband and all her children are Eskimo? Where is the outrage from the Native American tribes and such?


8 posted on 03/15/2012 8:26:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mahar doesn’t have to open his mouth to be disgusting!


9 posted on 03/15/2012 8:27:29 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: mylife
Axelrod seems to know all the loose women ~ when he needs to.

You know what that makes him.

10 posted on 03/15/2012 8:35:25 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney is the candidate Obama wants, period. McCain 2.0 - removes Obamacare as an issue, alienates the republican base, and liberal republivans are managable while offering little resistance or challenge.


11 posted on 03/15/2012 8:43:42 PM PDT by Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri
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To: Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri
I respectfully disagree. At least some of the Dems were told to vote for Santorum in the primaries, and Obama started attacks on Romney a while ago. IMHO, Santorum has about the same chance as Romney to beat Obama. And I much prefer Santorum who is the most conservative of the candidates.

The media is panicking that Obama might be defeated. Leno and Letterman have been hysterical over all of the GOP candidates, though maybe less over Ron Paul. Leno and Letterman repeat attacks on Mitt, Newt, and Santorum constantly to a point where their shows have become a little more than anti-GOP, pro Obama advertisements. Santorum especially is hit hard. Maybe their sponsors or their networks are giving out the orders.

12 posted on 03/15/2012 8:53:44 PM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Axel is clueless, these GOP cowards never came out in support of Sarah and never bashed democrats and he is expecting these Girly GOPs will say anything.
Crying Boehner was quick to criticize Rush, I am waiting when he will criticize Mahar, Ed, Matthew or other low life in Democrat party.


13 posted on 03/15/2012 8:56:52 PM PDT by jennychase
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To: Jane Austen

You’re not thinking this through; what lesson did we learn from 08? How do we get to this point where we not only repeat the same mistake, but we run an even more liberal republican that totally alienates the conservative base. Conservatives won’t back Romney, and for good reason such as defending Romneycare unless you prostitute yourself like Ann Coulter. Romney has no credibility on the issue. You are already seeing how Axelrod is goading Romney into attacking Limbaugh. Romney will demoralize the effort to defeat Obama. Then you have to remember Romnuey has flipped on his core beliefs only to appear conservative for the nomination and he will get nailed on it. Yes, they have attacked, but as Rush Limbaugh noted, they have a ton of opposition research to pummel Romney with till November. Not to mention Romney co-founded Bain Capital; he’ll be portrayed as everything Wall Street. I’ll end by pointing out that Romney called for “civil discourse” and we know how that works for the other side and the media have been kind of soft with Romney. As for Santorum, I don’t disagree entirely because liberals will galvanize against a strong social conservative while the right cedes ground, and Obama can bypass the econimic issues.


14 posted on 03/15/2012 9:44:04 PM PDT by Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Axelrod - get back to us when you stop clubbing baby seals!


15 posted on 03/16/2012 5:50:08 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t like Romney, but he gave the best answer to the Rush kerfluffle. The majority leader in the house and Santorum both gave smarmy anit-Rush comments...it sure surprised me that Romney didn’t give the left what they wanted...


16 posted on 03/16/2012 1:00:39 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Axelrod will still vote for Mitt in all the primaries. Twice.


17 posted on 03/16/2012 8:21:26 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Dems want medical care funding to be based on the patients political and religious beliefs)
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