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Is The Romney Campaign Getting In David Axelrod's Head?
BuzzFeed ^ | 6/11/2012 | Zeke Miller

Posted on 06/12/2012 12:41:02 AM PDT by tellw

Obama adviser David Axelrod offered some clear signs that Mitt Romney’s attacks on him are taking their toll, twice referring to reaction he’s received from Romney operatives in Boston in a 75 minute discussion at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan Monday night.

Axelrod, the most visible face on the calm, cool, and collected Obama campaign had been rattled at a press conference two weeks ago on the steps of the Massachusetts State Capitol blocks from Romney headquarters when he faced bubbles and chants of “Solyndra.”

President Barack Obama’s senior adviser and political guru responded to moderator John Heilemann’s poll of the room that all but four people in attendance voted for Obama in 2008 by saying: “We have a very nice room here…not like those folks up in Boston.”

Later, joking about hypothetical Romney trackers in the audience recording his every word, Axelrod added, “At least they’re letting me speak.”

Axelrod’s unprompted asides suggested Romney’s in-person and social media guerilla campaign is taking hold — at least in the cubic foot of space above Axelrod’s shoulders.

Beyond the from the now-infamous press conference, the Romney campaign has deployed campaign staffers to infiltrate Obama campaign events to tweet about empty seats and spin the president’s comments while he’s still in the room. On Twitter, Romney operatives swarm over nearly every Axelrod television appearance to point out flaws and needle him over inconsistencies.

Romney aides frequently brag when Axelrod grows frustrated with their efforts. “We’re in his head,” one staffer said triumphantly after the Massachusetts press conference.

It remains to be seen whether the Twitter wars or surrogate fights will have any impact beyond the tweet-obsessed Acela corridor.

But the Romney effort is part of a larger effort to energize the base by showing the campaign has fight — something conservatives doubted McCain had four years ago. Also, Boston’s theory goes, if they can get in Axelrod’s head, the vaunted Chicago operation might just slip-up.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: romneycare

1 posted on 06/12/2012 12:41:17 AM PDT by tellw
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To: tellw

Say what you think about Romney, but I just love his campaign’s attacks on 0bama’s & Co. It’s obvious that—contrary to some Freepers’ hope—Romney attacks 0bama fiercely. This is not to say that they’ll use all opportunities to attack them. In fact, I don’t think they should. I’d like them to pick the battles that can inflict as much harm on Zero campaign.


2 posted on 06/12/2012 12:50:58 AM PDT by paudio (Post-racial society: When we can legitimately hire and fire a Black man without feeling guilty)
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To: tellw

Yes, it’s getting to them. They can’t stand up to the truth.


3 posted on 06/12/2012 12:53:09 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: tellw

A lot of folks in this administration are starting to
look over their shoulders, they have played fast
and loose with their positions and are now realizing
that they may have to pay a price for it.


4 posted on 06/12/2012 12:56:51 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: paudio

I agree. Romney is hitting him hard and the hits will get harder.


5 posted on 06/12/2012 12:57:05 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: tellw

I don’t like a lot of what MittCare did in MA, but he’s clearly fighting. Far more than McLame ever did. Will grudgingly give due props...


6 posted on 06/12/2012 1:06:54 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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Obama is down to Axelrod as chief surrogate?

He’s pathetic. Hope to see him more. :)


7 posted on 06/12/2012 1:41:42 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: unkus

He is indeed showing some courage in these attacks.

So very different from the limp campaign that McCain waged.
(Dear God please forgive me for how much I despise that ‘man’)

I also feel that Romney will NOT roll over and play dead in the face of CERTAIN dem vote fraud. He will take it all the way to the Supreme Court....even in the face of certain rioting in the streets when he does so.

I would however enjoy this so much more if it was Newt on the battlefield! OMG! what might have been! ... sigh...


8 posted on 06/12/2012 2:05:34 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: piytar

McLame was never really fighting for anything. He likes Obama. Romney, on the other hand, has a goal to achieve. First Mormon POTUS. He will fight with fire and brimstone, and his church will rally with every last breath. They want this badly.


9 posted on 06/12/2012 2:31:04 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: unkus
"I agree. Romney is hitting him hard and the hits will get harder."

And save the best for last. About mid October start hitting hard and don't let up. . . . . .

10 posted on 06/12/2012 2:53:50 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: Bobalu
"I would however enjoy this so much more if it was Newt on the battlefield! OMG! what might have been! ... sigh.."

I agree Newt was my 2nd choice. Herman was my first. Just FYI my tag line has been the same since before we knew who the Republican nominee was. No way will I not vote. Vote for ZERO? There is not enough money in the world or a girl pretty enough for that to ever happen. . . . . . .

11 posted on 06/12/2012 3:00:26 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: Bobalu
"So very different from the limp campaign that McCain waged.
(Dear God please forgive me for how much I despise that ‘man’)"

McLaim is one piece of crap that I would not urinate on if his guts were on fire.
War hero? Why? Because he got captured? That doesn't make one a hero.
He graduated last in his class at the Naval Academy. He should never been allowed in the aviation program. Only because his daddy was an Admiral was he allowed to fly. He got several crew members killed and severely injured because he was inept as a pilot.

12 posted on 06/12/2012 3:09:03 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: tellw

Could not happen to a nicer guy. Maybe time for the crybaby lightweight to get out of the kitchen?


13 posted on 06/12/2012 3:10:08 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Must meditate on what Barack Obama/DNC wants YOU to do on Election Day. And then, do NOT do THAT!)
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To: DeaconRed
"I would however enjoy this so much more if it was Newt on the battlefield! OMG! what might have been! ... sigh.."

Amen!

I would have paid a $1,000 to watch that/those debates. Newt would have left Dear Leader sniveling, bumbling, stammering, puddle of jello, melting on the floor.

One can only hope that Mitt (and his handlers) see the writing on the wall and keep growing their backbones.

Of course there will always be the Establishment RINO, wusses (and McCains) who will counsel caution, "civility" and "respect" for the office and candidate, not too mention the fear of being labeled "racist." Screw them; damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.

15 posted on 06/12/2012 3:31:13 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: tellw

All the Obama campaign has to do is demonstrate how Romney would have supported bailing out Solyrnda, based on his record in Mass.


16 posted on 06/12/2012 3:42:21 AM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

I am still reading “the Amateur”. It’s opened my eyes even more on what a dud we have as Commander in Chief. We CAN NOT afford to make this mistake AGAIN. We can not vote based on skin color alone. BHO is unequipped, incompetent and insecure. Go get the book!

As for Mitt, he needs to charge like a rhino’s balls are on fire. All he needs to do is expose BHO’s weaknesses and incompetence. The people already know. Gloves need to come off. Now is NOT the time to be a p***y!


17 posted on 06/12/2012 3:46:44 AM PDT by dubyajam ("Life is Hard ... It's Even Harder When you're Stupid" --- John Wayne)
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To: tellw

But the Romney effort is part of a larger effort to energize the base by showing the campaign has fight
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That is the truth. Whatever we might not like about the guy, he’s no wuss when it comes to campaigning. (The Primaries proved that.) He wants to win, unlike the sorry-ass McCain campaign in ‘08. The folks on Mitt’s campaign staff have ba**s.


18 posted on 06/12/2012 3:47:19 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: paudio

With the usual disclaimer that I gave $$ to Cain and voted for Newt, my wife kept saying Romney was sneaky and ruthless, which was what our side needed after McLame. Well, it appears she’s right. Romney has let his surrogates keep Zero on the defensive while he appears to “stay above it.”


19 posted on 06/12/2012 3:50:39 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: tellw

Definitely Romney is getting into Axlerod’s head. Axlerod can’t believe how liberal Romney is and is shocked out of his wits. Liberals think the same and Axlerod and Romney believe the same things.


20 posted on 06/12/2012 3:53:05 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: tellw

Romney’s got the Eye of the Tiger!


21 posted on 06/12/2012 3:53:31 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: tellw

McCain in 2008 had no problem campaigning against Republicans in the primary... he just didn’t want to campaign against the dems in the general.

Not to mention, McCain was feebleminded. I’ll never forget the spectacle of him “suspending his campaign” and “rushing back to Washington”, as if the only hope for the nation’s financial system was from the old S&L Fraudster. And then he ended up agreeing with everything Bush did anyway! Just like he wasn’t there!

What a feeble-minded old fool.


22 posted on 06/12/2012 4:07:52 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: mkjessup
I will say once again what I've consistently said, which is that America would have been MUCH better off if that little NVA runt who fired that missile at McStain in '67 had been a better shot.

Piss off... anyone hoping that an enemy of this country had killed a US Citizen and Soldier in the line of duty is no better than the enemies fellow travelers. No matter who that soldier was, he was a member of the US Armed forces fighting for us. You might as well be a 'fellow traveler' to that NVA runt.

23 posted on 06/12/2012 4:20:12 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: catbertz; STARWISE; LucyT; onyx; maggief; MinuteGal

Romney’s father was familiar with Alinsky and his methods. The ol “it takes one to know one” may be appropriate here. Nothing Axelrod does is new or unfamiliar to Romney, they know the “rules” of Axelrod’s chess game and are going to out play him move by move.


24 posted on 06/12/2012 4:20:42 AM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama: " born in Kenya.".. he's lying now or then?)
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To: DeaconRed

My neighbors are non political people, never voted. Parent and three kids and spouses have now registered to vote against the Won. Hope he motivaates more to get involved /s

Sure wish Newt or Herman was his pick for VP. That could only happen if Mittens got stronger, they would both outshine him.


25 posted on 06/12/2012 4:26:17 AM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama: " born in Kenya.".. he's lying now or then?)
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To: tellw

Axelrod & Obama are no strangers to the shout-down treatment, except that this is the first time they’ve been on the receiving end of it.


26 posted on 06/12/2012 4:31:55 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: dubyajam
I am still reading “the Amateur”. It’s opened my eyes even more on what a dud we have as Commander in Chief. We CAN NOT afford to make this mistake AGAIN. We can not vote based on skin color alone. BHO is unequipped, incompetent and insecure. Go get the book!

I'm about a third of the way through "The Amateur". A highly recommended source book for the ABO crowd and that means most Freepers. Even the "I'll never vote for Romney" types might think twice about their position after reading this book.

27 posted on 06/12/2012 4:58:47 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: tellw

Hehehe...at least Romney is giving these bastages a good fight. He’s got them looking over their shoulder and crybabying about it.

Seems they can dish it out but can take very little.

Good. Keep pouring it on ‘em.

OBAMA’S DISATEROUS 1STS AS PRESIDENT
http://www.jeffhead.com/obama1sts.htm

WHO REALLY IS BARACK OBAMA?
http://www.jeffhead.com/whoisobama.htm


28 posted on 06/12/2012 5:14:07 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Jeff Head

——Seems they can dish it out but can take very little.-——

When you’re on offense, they’re on defense, and YOU’RE DETERMINING THE AGENDA.

Got it RNC?

Sheesh.


29 posted on 06/12/2012 5:18:40 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: paudio

Mitt is running a good campaign so far to be honest. He still has to earn my vote though.


30 posted on 06/12/2012 5:21:57 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: pistolpackinpapa
I saw a clip of an old Romney/Kennedy senate debate in MA and Romney was definitely not a wallflower and was in Teddy's face big time. Meanwhile, McCain remains the ‘Exhibit A’ example of what NOT to do.
31 posted on 06/12/2012 5:42:20 AM PDT by JPG (Don't just talk about it, make it happen.)
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To: wolfman23601

Romney also has money. He can run with Obama till November. That was something McCain couldn’t and wouldn’t do.


32 posted on 06/12/2012 5:43:13 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: InterceptPoint

I am going to get thebook. along with two or three others.

But I will never believe that Obama is ignorant, or a bumbling idiot.

He is a very effecive and dangerous enemy to all we hold dear and he is going about, with a will, using his rigid marxist ideology to dismantle this Republic beforeour eyes, building on the progress that others like him have made over the last 40-50 years.

He absolutely needs to go...the sooner the better.

The Man Who Despises America
http://www.jeffhead.com/obama-time.htm


33 posted on 06/12/2012 5:44:50 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: tellw
... the calm, cool, and collected Obama campaign ...

My eyes are rolling all the way to the next planet.

34 posted on 06/12/2012 5:45:27 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

IMHO, McCain would have gotten more money (although his own personal wealth would not have been what Romney has) had he fought hard against the leftists instead of trying to make nice with them.


35 posted on 06/12/2012 5:46:45 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Amen to that. Pretty simple stuff.


36 posted on 06/12/2012 5:50:23 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: tellw

Can you imagine what would happen to Axelrod if he got the Palin treatment?

So far, he’s only recieved 10% of that, and he’s already getting shook? I hope Romney begins to really pour on the coal.


37 posted on 06/12/2012 7:18:58 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: hoosiermama; TheOldLady; netmilsmom; tomdavidd; Freeper; Gvl_M3; Flotsam_Jetsome; Berlin_Freeper; ..
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Article, also # 28 , # 33.

Thanks, hoosiermama

38 posted on 06/12/2012 11:54:27 AM PDT by LucyT
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To: catbertz; DeaconRed; All

He will fight with fire and brimstone, and his church will rally with every last breath....
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Something a lot of people don’t know and many don’t remember: The Mormon’s are big on “Genealogy”. The Mormon Church may have already investigated and know where Obama was born and have documented proof. If so, they will release it, via a third party, in September or October. Stay tuned!!! This thing is just getting warmed up.


39 posted on 06/12/2012 4:51:20 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: dubyajam

LOL... Love your attitude and your passion. You go boy!!!


40 posted on 06/12/2012 4:54:29 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: hoosiermama; All
Sure wish Newt or Herman was his pick for VP. ______________________________________________________________ I voted for Newt in the TX Primary, May 29th, although Romney was already the presumptive nominee. But, Newt has too much baggage. And how can so many FReepers still "push" Cain for anything. He let Gloria Allred and three, menopausal, old broads run him out of the race. If you're innocent you stand and fight. He ran. Screw Herman Cain.
41 posted on 06/12/2012 5:00:14 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: pistolpackinpapa

Nice reminder! I knew about their genealogy industry, but wasn’t making the connection until now. Looking forward to the firestorm of poo.


42 posted on 06/12/2012 5:42:53 PM PDT by catbertz
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