Skip to comments.Axelrod: “There’s this reign of terror going on in the Republican Party”
Posted on 07/13/2012 9:58:36 AM PDT by Kaslin
New tone? David Axelrod spoke with National Journal’s Beth Reinhard in a phone interview, excerpts of which were posted a few minutes ago. In the interview, Axelrod decried the “politics of obstruction” — and then compared Republicans to Robespierre:
NJ President Obama has been vague about what he would accomplish in his second term.
AXELROD The president believes you build a strong, sustainable economy by building a strong, viable growing middle class. You have to continue to upgrade our educational system and improve access to higher education and technical training. We have to invest in research and development and the kinds of things that will create high-end, advanced manufacturing jobs. We have to continue to open up markets all over the world for American products. We need to continue with an all-of-the-above energy policy and really push for the development of all sources of energy. Immigration reform is an unfinished piece of business. But the principal thing we need to be pursuing is a very aggressive strategy of putting people back to work.
NJ How would the president accomplish those goals with a Republican-controlled House and possibly Senate?
AXELROD They have had a policy of obstruction from the day the president arrived. When the president is reelected, it will be a rejection of the politics of obstruction. Theres this reign of terror going on in the Republican Party.
I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised to hear this kind of rhetoric from the flailing and failing Obama campaign. Axelrod and his cohorts have gotten outfought, outraised, and outclassed in two short months after having the field all to themselves for over a year. Yesterday, the campaign accused Mitt Romney of being a felon, which prompted a demand for an apology that will not be coming forthwith, almost assuredly.
Axelrod is not just a cheap demagogue, he’s also a cheap small-d democrat. Voters sent a Republican-controlled House to Washington specifically to force a change in policy, a message that Axelrod and Barack Obama ignored. The House, by the way, has passed budgets and more than a dozen jobs bills. It’s the Democratic-controlled Senate that has been the obstruction, refusing to pass budgets so that conference committees can resolve issues, and ignoring the House jobs bills altogether. Obama has shown zero leadership on this issue, griping about Republican dissent while ignoring completely that his own party has yet to cast one single supporting vote in three tries on his own budget proposals, and won’t even attempt to hold a vote on Obama’s tax proposals.
The actual “reign of terror,” for the sake of those as historically illiterate as Axelrod, took place during the French Revolution, when it turned bloody. The revolutionaries became as despotic as the monarchy they deposed, executing thousands for dissent and purported betrayal of the revolution. It’s actually the opposite of what Republicans are doing in Congress by opposing Obama’s agenda and attempting to push forward their own. That’s as ignorant an analogy as one might see in American politics.
The real terror for Axelrod is that he’s about to lose an election, and his campaign still hasn’t figured out what its theme is yet. The strong stench of desperation is in the air, as well as the even more pungent stench of demagoguery. Axelrod should be ashamed, but won’t be.
It’s appropriate that he has that lame little führer mustache.
How does his answer remotely answer the question? How have the Republicans “obstructed” anything when they were in the minority for the first two years of Obama’s presidency? What did they obstruct during the two years they held the House? The problem with political reporting these days is that no one asks follow up questions to this type of nonsense. How are Republicans “extreme”? Give me an example? How is saying we should cut spending so that we aren’t running $1 trillion deficits “extreme”? Explain exactly how the elderly and children will starve to death on the streets if we cut spending by 10% or even 20%?
Sounds like the White House and DNC are in full panic mode.
Wonder what this portends for October?
They are in FULL LIE/DESPERATION MODE - AT EVERY LEVEL!!
Gird your loins!! 1 Peter 1:13
A reign of terror.
With control of one-half of one-third of the US gubment?
Darn, they’re good.
Lots of people believe that. Some people realize that and act upon it.
The difference between a belief and reality is that you eventually wake up and see that the tooth is still there.
Seems like The Sandman is working overtime and the dreaming is still going on in DC.
Axelrod is simply projecting again.
Such demagoguery by a regime in power ALWAYS results in the criminalization and extermination of those peoples, parties and groups they have labeled as terrorists/threats to the state.
I fear most Americans have no clue what time it is right now.
Thanks for sharing that with us Davy boy! LOL! We’ll look into it right away and let you if we find anything. You ‘RAT moron.
How could the republicans have obstructed anything when they weren’t even permitted to participate in the discussions? If anyone did obstruct it was the rats and that is a fact
with or without it he still looks like a dunce
Well that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave said last week this would be his last election. What he didn’t say but probably thought was and everybody’s else’s presidential election. I make sure of that
Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre: Influenced by 18th-century Enlightenment philosophes such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Montesquieu, he was a capable articulator of the beliefs of the left-wing bourgeoisie.
Oh, don’t you wish. I read the best idea for a punishment for them. Lock them up in Gitmo or Alcatraz and put cameras on them 24/7. Anytime “We, the People” were bored or wanted a little taste of revenge we could tune in to The Traitor Channel and watch them waste away in prison. I thought that sounded like a great idea, one that would be cathartic and educational for the nation. If they remove the ping pong tables and tv’s it might even be a deterrent.
How fitting is this picture :-)
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