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David Axelrod To Erin Burnett: Maher Doesn’t Play Same Role As GOP ‘De Facto Boss’ Rush Limbaugh
Mediaite ^ | March 15, 2012 | Alex Alvarez

Posted on 03/15/2012 5:05:33 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

On Thursday, CNN’s Erin Burnett spoke with David Axelrod, the communications director for President Obama’s re-election campaign, about his recently-canceled plans to appear on controversial host Bill Maher‘s HBO program.

Burnett brought up Axelrod’s condemnation of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for having called Georgetown student and activist Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” — a condemnation that proved problematic in light of his decision to appear on Maher’s show given the comedian’s own history of referring to women — mainly, but not solely, conservative women in the public eye, like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann — by derogatory names.

Burnett then asked Axelrod if Maher’s recent million dollar donation to a pro-Obama Super PAC should be returned in light of his comments.

Well, first of all, let me say there’s been a coarsening of our political culture. I don’t think that language is appropriate, no matter who uses it. And I think whoever you are in politics, you ought to be willing to say so. I was disappointed that Governor Romney didn’t stand up more forcefully when Rush Limbaugh said what he said.

But understand that these words that Maher has used in his standup act are a little bit different than — not excusable in any way — but different than a guy with 23 million radio listeners using his broadcast platform to malign a young woman for speaking her mind in the most inappropriate, grotesque ways.

Nor does Bill Maher play the role in the Democratic party that Rush Limbaugh plays in the Republican party, where he’s really the de facto boss of the party. Everybody responds to him, which is the reason why I think Governor Romney was afraid to take him on.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billmaher; rushlimbaugh; sandrafluke

1 posted on 03/15/2012 5:05:40 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

These RAT pukes could spin s*** into sugar.

The only question in my mind is... do they believe their own BS, or do they all attend the same liberal upside-down-think brainwashing seminars?


2 posted on 03/15/2012 5:08:14 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Rush Limbaugh...he’s really the de facto boss of the party”

yeah, if Rush is the boss of the GOP, then how did McCain get the nomination in 2008?


3 posted on 03/15/2012 5:09:37 PM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Yo. I thought Rush was nothing more than an entertainer...
4 posted on 03/15/2012 5:09:45 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Really; has he given as much as Maher did to Obama’s PAC?


5 posted on 03/15/2012 5:14:19 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

nice to see he’s still on the distribution list for the talking points (he’s about the fifth high-profile Dem to make a virtually identical statement)


6 posted on 03/15/2012 5:22:05 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: kearnyirish2
Let me think. Hmmmmm...

NO!

7 posted on 03/15/2012 5:25:19 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Remember it’s pure projection. They have created the vast leftwing conspiracy.


8 posted on 03/15/2012 5:25:19 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Obama reelection means the end of America.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Maher said it is okay to call Sarah Palin a c—t or a T—t because he is a commedian. What level of disgusting profanity am I allowed as an accountant? What if I were an engineer?


9 posted on 03/15/2012 5:27:20 PM PDT by freedomrings69
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To: Pravious

They actually think that way, it’s what they’ve been taught.


10 posted on 03/15/2012 5:30:34 PM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

It is ridiculous for the Bolsheviks to basically paint Rush as an elected official (with all the responsibility that involves for the male white Republican ones at least) while not just turning a blind eye to, but obviously engineering the attacks from the left from all quarters.

The Dems have used their “useful idiots” as attack dogs in a way that only a few like Rush seem to understand; this next election is going to be fought by everyone EXCEPT the candidates, so the right needs to be organized to counter the likes of Saturday Night Live, the evening leftist “news” and “comedy” shows (they’ve melded into one & the same with Jon Stewart & Co.), etc.

Juan McCain thought he’d be a gentleman, and Obama’s legions trashed him and Sarah Palin into oblivion; after losing to a nothing like Obama, McCain shouldn’t even be seen in public.


11 posted on 03/15/2012 5:48:11 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: All

Can this jackass Axelrod swim backward any faster?


12 posted on 03/15/2012 6:17:51 PM PDT by navymom1
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This reminds me of something I read . . . about an avowed leftist who went to Cuba. She toured a mental institution, and after seeing the conditions there she gushed about the patients there (political prisoners) who had been given lobotomies—noting how lucky they were to have been given COMMUNIST lobotomies. These people think that we are actually stupid enough to fall for this crap. A lobotomy is a lobotomy. An insult is an insult.


13 posted on 03/15/2012 6:20:15 PM PDT by adgirl
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They’re getting blatant enough about their double-standard that it may start blowing up in their faces soon.


14 posted on 03/15/2012 6:26:08 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopaths.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A distinction that makes no difference IS no difference.


15 posted on 03/15/2012 6:33:36 PM PDT by surely_you_jest (Mitt Romney is the latter day incarnation of Joe Isuzu.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

These pukes are circling the wagons in defense of scumbag Maher.


16 posted on 03/15/2012 6:56:57 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hey @sswholerod, I don’t give a rat’s arse as to what roll Maher plays, versus Rush plays, versus Olbermann plays, versus etc, etc, etc. Wrong is wrong is wrong, and dimocRATS are the absolute worse, most vile beings on the face of planet Earth.


17 posted on 03/15/2012 7:06:57 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yeah, keep on spinnin, David.


18 posted on 03/15/2012 7:19:11 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A true bottom feeder.


19 posted on 03/15/2012 7:29:33 PM PDT by JamesA (You don't have to be big to stand tall)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So could Maher also use “N” word without recrimination since he is a comedian? Or is it that you can call women names but not African Americans. How does this actually work? It is hard to get clear on the rules. Why did Michael Richards (Kramer) get into trouble? It seems certain approved people can say certain approved things that others can’t say based on the whim of the left and how useful or not it is to them to allow/disallow. Got it.


20 posted on 03/15/2012 8:37:48 PM PDT by Anima Mundi
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Fluke is a slut.
21 posted on 03/15/2012 8:40:00 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This “boss” nonsense is another false trope that they get their lap dog media to repeat endlessly. Let’s face some facts - Maher is hugely political, he is a ‘boss’, and he has been on Sunday morning news programs for crying out loud - and he interviews dozens of politicians on his show who discuss political issues for hours. He viciously mocks conservatives and Republicans and his attacks are taken up by the rest of his ilk. He cannot hide behind the false patina of comedy - or else Limbaugh could basically claim that same mantle. They both make their money by commenting, satirizing and mocking politics - every single day. Under Axelrod’s own logic - why is the Democratic Party so afraid to shout down Bill Maher, is he the de facto boss of the Democratic Party, or is it because he is a major contributor. Why won’t Obama’s superpac give back the money?

Maher is horrible - from calling US troops ‘cowards’ to the vile language he uses on women and he is unapologetic about it. The hypocrites of the left act as if it doesn’t matter, that woman lose any defense from his grotesque language if they happen to be conservative - then no tears are shed. The double standard is sickening - but their spinning it is just as bad.

These alligator tears for the Fluke woman is another sham. I thought her appearance was contrived, and the weepy tears about the Church not funding contraception for Georgetown law students as some kind of crime against humanity were completely manufactured. The whole thing was a Stalinist 30’s show trial with the Church in the dock. False charges completely trumped up, and then the parade of ersatz victims. Then what isn’t being said by the media is just as appalling - and that is Ms. Fluke wants both abortion and sex change operations to be funded by the Church. If that position was made public - she would be immediately dismissed. But the clever media is very careful how Fluke is portrayed, and they never ask those questions.

It is almost like being part of a Black Mass. The crucifixes are upside down and they have dragged a goat into the sanctuary. They stab the consecrated host with a knife and say ‘see, there is no blood, there is no body.’ It is a horrible feeling watching this monstrosity of lies, the false piety of the so-called aggrieved, the piecemeal destruction of the Christian religion, and the left’s demented pursuit of denying first amendment rights to whomever they disdain. We are becoming the Soviet Union - and Obama is playing the part of Stalin, rather well. ‘We are condemned to live through the mistakes of the past if we do not learn from them.’


22 posted on 03/15/2012 8:50:47 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The big guy doesn’t cut million-dollar checks to Republicans like Shecky there does for you guys, Dave.


23 posted on 03/15/2012 11:20:50 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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