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Rove Responds to Axelrod
Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2009

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."

Heyooo!

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: axelrod; bhoeconomy; bhostimulus; davidaxelrod; economy; karlrove; obama; porkulus; rove; stimulus

1 posted on 02/17/2009 5:34:39 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

These DemocRATS always attack the messanger, because they cannot defend DemocRAT policy


2 posted on 02/17/2009 5:37:54 PM PST by Steven Tyler
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To: Steelfish

I don’t want to hear much from Rove either at this point.


3 posted on 02/17/2009 5:38:20 PM PST by TFine80 (The 1994 Revolution Petered Out.... So Let's Try Again and Do It Right!)
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To: Steelfish
Rove an crew had a responsibility to us Conservatives to tell us what was happening. I'm busy with my business. I voted for that crew because I am a Conservative.
I had no Idea how bad things had gotten, an I don't think they knew either. But because they were asleep , I now have zer0.
4 posted on 02/17/2009 5:42:38 PM PST by reefdiver (How do you keep the Conservative a Conservative, in Washington DC ?)
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To: Steelfish
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.

This message needs to get out more to conservatives who have no clue about what happened.

Thank you Karl.

5 posted on 02/17/2009 5:47:50 PM PST by what's up
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To: TFine80

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.


6 posted on 02/17/2009 5:48:23 PM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: Steelfish
IMHO, Axlerod is a major tool and cheap shot artist. I would have Rove next to me in a fight any time over Axelrod.

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.

7 posted on 02/17/2009 5:49:53 PM PST by Thebaddog (Obama is a goof, pass it on.)
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To: Steelfish
"And I'm sure even this White House would say people have the right to offer an opinion."

Well, actually, no. Obama would love nothing better than stifling all conservative opinion. The censorship doctrine is up next.

8 posted on 02/17/2009 5:51:05 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: freeplancer

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.


9 posted on 02/17/2009 5:57:13 PM PST by untwist
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To: Steelfish

Why does Obama surround himself with such creepy people?


10 posted on 02/17/2009 6:00:50 PM PST by FreedBird (o)
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To: Steelfish
Good article.

Thanks for posting this.

11 posted on 02/17/2009 6:14:41 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Thebaddog
Scratch the surface on him and you have any other opportunistic political bastard. It really is about the money.

< 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.

12 posted on 02/17/2009 6:22:15 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: reefdiver

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...


13 posted on 02/17/2009 6:22:31 PM PST by Dutchboy88
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To: TFine80

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.


14 posted on 02/17/2009 6:24:35 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Libertarian and Constitution Parties should merge into one)
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To: FreedBird
Why does Obama surround himself with such creepy people?

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.

15 posted on 02/17/2009 6:24:43 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: freeplancer

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.


16 posted on 02/17/2009 6:27:36 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (PIE FIGHT!!!!!)
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To: Steelfish
Rove told Lauer. "And I'm sure even this White House would say people have the right to offer an opinion."

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.

17 posted on 02/17/2009 6:28:05 PM PST by MathDoc (If there ever was a time that Obama looked like an amateur, it's right now.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


18 posted on 02/17/2009 6:29:25 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: what's up

**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.


19 posted on 02/17/2009 6:43:49 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Steelfish
"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.

Correction: -- only those who've read only the newspapers ... would laugh at that ...

The rest of us know Rove's right on the mark.

20 posted on 02/17/2009 6:53:45 PM PST by Tellurian (Sanctity of life and sanctity of property ... define our free country. (Star Parker))
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To: Jeff Chandler

Why did you ping me my own quote?


21 posted on 02/17/2009 8:09:55 PM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: freeplancer

I thought your astute comment bore repeating. In bold.


22 posted on 02/17/2009 8:15:38 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (PIE FIGHT!!!!!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Thanks.


23 posted on 02/17/2009 8:24:08 PM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: FreedBird

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.


24 posted on 02/17/2009 9:35:43 PM PST by dusttoyou (HNIC)
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To: Steelfish
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.

25 posted on 02/17/2009 9:35:45 PM PST by Syncro (Ti Ming -- Use Librally)
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To: dusttoyou
(Q) Why does Obama surround himself with such creepy people?

(A) 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.

Present Obama has no choice.

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.

26 posted on 02/17/2009 9:44:17 PM PST by Syncro (Ti Ming -- Use Librally)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Amen to that....Its not easy trying to defend a man that won’t defend himself...All the “new tone” talk was BS


27 posted on 02/17/2009 11:04:18 PM PST by goat granny
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To: okie01
I'd speculate that Emanuel and Axelrod are a third party's "inside men", charged with telling Obama what to do.

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.

28 posted on 02/18/2009 4:25:35 AM PST by Thebaddog (Obama is a goof, pass it on.)
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To: freeplancer
He let every loser in the world attack Bush and define him, and did nothing.

How is that Rove's fault, and not Bush's?

29 posted on 02/18/2009 4:32:25 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Steelfish

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.


30 posted on 02/18/2009 4:45:37 AM PST by Puddleglum (this space for rent)
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To: Puddleglum

Dubya installed Chris Cox as chairman of the SEC. The buck stops with Dubya.


31 posted on 02/18/2009 5:01:19 AM PST by Night Hides Not (Don't blame me...I voted for Palin!)
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To: Fresh Wind

“How is that Rove’s fault, and not Bush’s? “

Rove, is that you?


32 posted on 02/18/2009 5:03:38 AM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: freeplancer

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?


33 posted on 02/18/2009 5:17:07 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Fresh Wind

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.


34 posted on 02/18/2009 6:16:48 AM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: Syncro

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.


35 posted on 02/18/2009 7:09:05 AM PST by dusttoyou (HNIC)
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To: freeplancer

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.


36 posted on 02/18/2009 9:14:16 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Fresh Wind

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.


37 posted on 02/18/2009 1:53:04 PM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: Steelfish

A pox on both party’s house. Pitchforks and torches for all of them.


38 posted on 02/18/2009 1:54:44 PM PST by OB1kNOb (Although politicians are economically irrelevant, that doesn't keep them from yanking the $ levers.)
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To: Syncro

Who was Barney Franks gay lover at Freddie Mac?

Ask that question any time Barney speaks.


39 posted on 02/18/2009 2:22:49 PM PST by CPT Clay (Drill ANWR, Personal Accounts NOW ,)
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To: Steelfish
"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."

Pretty much straight up. I just wish he'd back off from the Crazy Weather Machine.

40 posted on 02/18/2009 2:26:28 PM PST by StAnDeliver
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To: Steelfish
"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.

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.

41 posted on 02/18/2009 2:32:53 PM PST by StAnDeliver
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To: Steelfish
"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."

FINALLY!!!! Someone is saying what should have been said and repeated from day 1...

42 posted on 02/18/2009 2:50:03 PM PST by avacado (Bipartisanship is when Democrats and Republicans get together to rob the American people blind)
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To: Steelfish

Rove articulating now what his boss wouldn’t for 8 years, isn’t that just special!


43 posted on 02/18/2009 2:53:00 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: reefdiver

LOL. We ALL have zer0, hopefully not for 8 years.


44 posted on 02/18/2009 4:55:04 PM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: untwist

Ari and Tony were THE best. McClelland was a tool.


45 posted on 02/18/2009 4:56:05 PM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: freeplancer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85gO8XLb4ug


46 posted on 02/18/2009 5:16:25 PM PST by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Marysecretary

Speaking of tools, this Robert Gibbs is insufferable.


47 posted on 02/18/2009 5:17:28 PM PST by untwist
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To: Fresh Wind

Quit pinging me and get a life. You are annoying and immature.


48 posted on 02/18/2009 5:29:26 PM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: untwist

I bet we could all name our ‘favorite’ tools, LOL.


49 posted on 02/18/2009 9:21:57 PM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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