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Posted on 02/17/2009 5:34:39 PM PST by Steelfish
Rove Responds to Axelrod
Karl Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, insisted in an interview with "Today" show host Matt Lauer this morning that he had every right to offer his analysis of the economic strategy adopted by the Obama Administration -- a response to critical comments made by Obama senior adviser David Axelrod in an interview with the Post last week.
"I am not giving him advice, I am commenting on what they are doing," Rove told Lauer. "And I'm sure even this White House would say people have the right to offer an opinion."
Rove went on to argue that it was Democrats -- particularly former President Bill Clinton -- who were largely responsible for the current economic mess due to their lax regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; Rove called the failure of those two entities the "biggest accelerant" in driving the economic collapse and made a point to note that Obama failed to side with the Bush Administration's attempt to tighten regulations on Fannie and Freddie earlier this decade.
Rove's comments came just days after Axelrod, in an interview with the Post's Lois Romano, told a group of senior advisers that their criticisms of the new Administration were off base.
"The last thing that I think we are looking for at this juncture is advice on fiscal integrity or ethics from Karl Rove -- anyone who's read the newspapers for the last eight years would laugh at that," said Axelrod.
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These DemocRATS always attack the messanger, because they cannot defend DemocRAT policy
I don’t want to hear much from Rove either at this point.
This message needs to get out more to conservatives who have no clue about what happened.
Thank you Karl.
Rove is a smart idiot. I would love to know why he let Bush hole up for 6 years and not tell us $hit. He let every loser in the world attack Bush and define him, and did nothing.
And Axelrod has history here in Chicago of playing both sides of issues for the evil luchre. Scratch the surface on him and you have any other opportunistic political bastard. It really is about the money.
Well, actually, no. Obama would love nothing better than stifling all conservative opinion. The censorship doctrine is up next.
Unfortunately I agree with you. Whether the responsibility for the horrible communications coming from the Bush administration is Rove’s responsibility or Bush’s own for the “new tone”, they irresponsibly allowed lies to be aired and fester into fabricated truths. Simply a disaster.
Ari Fleischer did a fine job in the early days. Whoever hired McClelland should be retired from GOP politics permanently. By the time the late Tony Snow got there it was too late. The negative perceptions and untruths had already taken hold.
Why does Obama surround himself with such creepy people?
Thanks for posting this.
< In which case, I would wager that Axelrod (and Rahm Emanuel) are both drawing down substantial (and undeclared) paychecks from something other than the federal government.
I'd speculate that Emanuel and Axelrod are a third party's "inside men", charged with telling Obama what to do.
Both of them are only too ready to volunteer comment publicly on policy plans outside of the political sector -- something that Rove or Card would never have done.
You raise an appropriate criticism of the former Administration. They had the horsepower, the Conservative views, the majority of the voters, and the opportunities and they let the media, Hollwood and the Democrats direct the country. And they did a lousy job explaining things along the way. Shame on them, and now we have...
Yeah, it’s funny how Rove and Cheney and Republicans are suddenly getting gonads AFTER the fact. When they had power and were getting crucified by the Left they were completely silent. It’s all a big con game. Anyone who posts that stupid “Rove you Magnificent Bastard” pic should have their account nuked.
They are "creepy" because they have an agenda -- an agenda they must keep secret.
There's no way they can be honest. They must deceive.
Rove is either too optimistic, or too polite. Between the "Fairness" Doctrine and speech codes, this White House represents the worst of liberalism, and they are especially fond of censorship. They do not believe their opponents have the right to free speech or even to hold a differing opinion silently.
they’re just better out of power than they are in power, like most politicians, as Obama’s minions are discovering, I’m sure. Another thing that made Reagan a rarity, at least until Iran - Contra.
**Excellent to see Karl Rove talking about how the Repubs tried to rein in Fannie and the Dems filibustered it...with Obama participating in the filibuster.**
Yes, the truth speaks volumes.
Correction: -- only those who've read only the newspapers ... would laugh at that ...
The rest of us know Rove's right on the mark.
Why did you ping me my own quote?
I thought your astute comment bore repeating. In bold.
Why does Obama surround himself with such creepy people?
Cause they do what he wants, the way he wants.
Still nothing is carved in stone that they must remain effective. Karma Police don’t play.
Rove went on to argue that it was Democrats -- particularly former President Bill Clinton -- who were largely responsible for the current economic mess due to their lax regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; Rove called the failure of those two entities the "biggest accelerant" in driving the economic collapse and made a point to note that Obama failed to side with the Bush Administration's attempt to tighten regulations on Fannie and Freddie earlier this decade.That's it in a nutshell. Throw in Barney Frank (head of finance committee that would NOT stop the sub-prime loan fiasco when urged to do so by conservatives for years.)
"The last thing that I think we are looking for at this juncture is advice on fiscal integrity or ethics from Karl Rove -- anyone who's read the newspapers for the last eight years would laugh at that," said Axelrod.Axelrod is a pompus ass.
Newspapers? LOL well yea, controlled by the liberals to keep the truth from getting out.
Thanks, Karl Rove for your comments.
(Q) Why does Obama surround himself with such creepy people?Present Obama has no choice.
(A) Cause they do what he wants, the way he wants.
Still nothing is carved in stone that they must remain effective. Karma Police dont play.
He owes his handlers big time.
He has no control over who surrounds him.
He is a complete tool.
Clintons and Clinton people are in charge. Following the Saul Alinsky model. To a "T."
Rahm Emmanuel proved that by going totally against Obama's request to not crack his knuckles so loud, and Rahm went right over to B. Hussein and cracked a big one in his ear.
Total insubordination by Obama's "appointee" and taken like a poofter by our Illustrious Emperor The One.
B. O. is completely and totally pwned.
Amen to that....Its not easy trying to defend a man that won’t defend himself...All the “new tone” talk was BS
I think you are right and add Stephy, Serpenthead, and the Forehead to that list. Soros had them in for meetings with his "Masters of the World" crowd. I don't think they were talking about the Cubs.
How is that Rove's fault, and not Bush's?
all well and good, but what did Bush and company do to rein in derivatives trading? Nothing. They had the power and did nothing.
Both parties are owned by bankers and lobbyists and other short-term-returns men.
Dubya installed Chris Cox as chairman of the SEC. The buck stops with Dubya.
“How is that Rove’s fault, and not Bush’s? “
Rove, is that you?
Last time I checked, Bush was president, not Rove.
Bush was Rove’s boss, he could have told Rove to implement an effective public relations campaign to counter the Rat propaganda, but he didn’t. Bush had the bully pulpit, and he just let it gather dust.
Now, explain to me again how this was Rove’s fault?
I don’t bother with people like you usually. Your “eastern” arrogance is a bit much, as if I owe you an explanation just because you feel a little combative over a simple comment.
Someone is supposed to tell the emporer that he has no clothes on. If the emporer persists in not believing this person, then a protest of sorts needs to happen. If the problem still persists, then the advisor is supposed to resign out of moral obligation. Even the Rat McClellan had no info regarding any conflict between Bush’s protectors; therefore, it did not exist.
The only reason Rove was not “chief of staff”, was because Bush knew he would never fire him, since a true chief of staff has to be the fall guy. In other words, Rove was essentially the only person with permanant standing to advise Bush. Not even Dick C. had that ability.
So my friend, it was Rove’s obligation to do something, and he didn’t. The very fact that Bush was his boss, is the sole reason he should not have just collected a paycheck.
Had not heard this knuckle cracking story previously, but it goes right with my suspicions about why there are so many of the klintoon mafia in the nobama admin. I figured that back in the Primaries, hitlery realized that she could beat nobama for the nomination, but in the general election the general black voter base would not vote for her because she denied them “their chance”. I do not doubt that hitlery has some diabolical plot to move on up to Prez, but at SOS (more or less Prime Minister) and with the klintoon mafia firmly entrenched, she may be in a more powerful position. Klintoons are more pragmatic about actual power and the unfettered ability to access the Treasury than be concerned with whose name is on the desk.
In a way this is better than socialist nobama actually running the show, as for the most part the damn klintoons are mostly grifters and the $1Tril money toss fits right into their MO. Who knows how many Billions they find a way to slip off with.
In another way klintoons will have no problem assuruing we have no way to prevent or go after them, i.e. gun control and subverting the Constitution.
Either way none of this bodes well for America.
I questioned your original statement, and rather than answering my question or supporting your position, you replied with an insult.
I asked the question again and you replied with another insult but at least you gave me an answer. I guess that’s progress.
Thank God we have superior minds like you to chart the “progress” of all us simpletons out here. I have a feeling that “fresh wind” is a self-reflective nickname for when you speak.
A pox on both party’s house. Pitchforks and torches for all of them.
Who was Barney Franks gay lover at Freddie Mac?
Ask that question any time Barney speaks.
Pretty much straight up. I just wish he'd back off from the Crazy Weather Machine.
As opposed to you, scumbag? You wish you were that good.
You couldn't even get Barry a 2-day inaugural honeymoon at the Roach Motel, much less the traditional 100 days.
Got yourself a tax cheat running the IRS. Nice. Liberals called out Mr. Deeply Saddened And Withdrawn by saying he'd "suck off a corpse for cheeseburger". Nice. Hilda's husband, no hablas taxes either. Bueno.
It all comes down to what I've said all along; you and Barry simply aren't good enough to run this country. And both of you know it.
FINALLY!!!! Someone is saying what should have been said and repeated from day 1...
Rove articulating now what his boss wouldn’t for 8 years, isn’t that just special!
LOL. We ALL have zer0, hopefully not for 8 years.
Ari and Tony were THE best. McClelland was a tool.
Speaking of tools, this Robert Gibbs is insufferable.
Quit pinging me and get a life. You are annoying and immature.
I bet we could all name our ‘favorite’ tools, LOL.