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Is David Axelrod calling us the A word? [Update]

You know. That “A” word that begins with “ASS” and ends with “SINS”?

Oh, Axelrod has reasons for using such below-the-belt language. While we dupes (including me) rant and complain about what “bad cop” Axe is saying about us, the chivalrous “good cop” will appear — gently, reassuringly, forward-looking — in key states*. From the most frequently cited article, “Axelrod: Obama Ready for ‘Contract Killers in Super PAC Land’” at The National Journal:

President Obama’s reelection campaign released a new ad on Monday that paints the president as a warrior fighting for the middle class. The message from the new spot, called “Go,” [VIDEO BELOW] is that Obama has led the nation through the economic crisis.

Here’s the chivalrous One’s video:

From “CONTRACT KILLERS” at Fox News’s Web site:

On the same day the Obama campaign revealed the first in a series of political ads devoid of political attacks, Senior Campaign Advisor David Axelrod derided several Romney backers as “contract killers.”

In a conference call with reporters Monday, Axelrod said the positive spin on the new ads, focusing on Obama’s accomplishments rather than reverting to political attacks, doesn’t preclude the campaign from reacting when it sees fit.

“We’re also going to be prepared, and I want to be clear, to respond to the attacks that we expect to continue from– not just from the Romney campaign but from the Karl and Koch brothers contract killers over there in SuperPAC land, who are going to continue to pound away on behalf of Governor Romney,” Axelrod said. …

Fox News goes further, comparing Axelrod’s below-the-belt language to Obama’s supposedly above-the-fray oratory:

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UPDATE / FOOTNOTE (*): “Go” [SEE THE VIDEO ABOVE] will air in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire, Iowa, North Carolina, Florida and Colorado, according to the Obama for America campaign. Axelrod said the campaign plans to spend about $25 million on ads this month.” — The National Journal article.

So Obama is airing his gooey, loverly ad in the KEY states, which I dare not call “battleground states” because the Obama campaign would find that unseemly given that they’re above the mud-slinging, contract-killing ads that those evil SuperPacs produce.

What they don’t mention is that their own Super Pac can’t begin to compete with the SuperPacs that are independently backing Mitt Romney and other Republicans. They’ll say that’s because Mitt et al. have sold their souls to big corporations, but in reality it is Obama himself who, in 2008, got the lion’s share of SuperPac-like ad money. Those same corporations would still gladly give to Obama but they are SMART and they’ve figured out that not only is Obama not made for the job of president, he cannot be counted on to live up to the bargains he made.

  • Hokma

    Lugar remnds me of Jacob Javitz who was in the Senate for 26 years after being a Congressman from New York. He was a liberal Republican which was in vogue in the 50′s, 60′s, and 70′s until 1980.

    In 1980 we had the major shift to conservatism with Reagan and Javitz, who had recently learned that he had ALS, had to compete with conservative Alfonse D’Amato. It was very sad to watch a shell of Javitz try and compete with D’Amato. Javitz lost the primary and his seat.

    Back then there were Senators that transcended party politics like Javitz and later Moynihan. Today there are few Senators who do that and Lugar was one of them.

    This election is compared to the one in 1980 (Carter/Reagan) so maybe it is not coincidental that like 1980 Republican voters are less tolerant of moderates as they showed in the 2010 election.

  • HELENK2
  • MG6

    Obama gave $$ to the Palestinians and other muslim groups.  AND YET…
    Little Israel along with it’s Jews population continue to do amazing things for humanity:  

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/london-marathon/9252205/Paralysed-Claire-Lomas-completes-London-Marathon.html

    “The £43,000 ReWalk suit she used for the marathon, designed by Israeli entrepreneur Amit Goffer, enables people with lower-limb paralysis to stand, walk and climb stairs through motion sensors and an onboard computer system.”

  • MG6
  • DianaLC

    I saw that “go” video last night.  I truly thought I had entered the pages of Orwell’s famous novel 1984.  You know how I felt?  Very Frightened!  There are soooooo many unthinking people out here in the population who do not follow politics, never watach the news, never read a paper or magazine (other than the celebrity gossip type).  They may be convinced by it.  Romney’s campaign has to figure out a way to pay for ads to appear right after each of his that tell the truth about the economy.  He doesn’t have to get nasty—just tell the truth.

    OT–I am saddened here in CO where I believe honest polling was done before the Dems put forward a civil unions bill.  The Repubs allowed 30 bills to fail by calling a recess in the House just so that civil unions bill failed, despite the fact that polling showed most CO think it is fine to allow civil unions.

    So, back to the point about language in politics.  I absolutely despise people using terms like “contract killers” even when obviously used figuratively.  We do need to bring back civility to public discourse, though my sense is that there never was such a thing–except when good public school administrators enforced it in student council elections.  We do need to find common ground through compromise.

    • FormerLiberal9

       

      “He doesn’t have to get nasty—just tell the truth.”

      Romney will not get nasty. Getting nasty will be left to the PAC’s and others while Romney will keep his hands clean. Just the way Obama’s team gets nasty. This is called fighting fire with fire and is necessary to do this time or  Romney will wind up like McCain. The only difference was McCain could go back to the Senate.

  • elizabethrc

    This is what happens when one side starts to panic.  The Obama team seems to be trying everything but the kitchen sink to slam Romney and Republicans and in the process their lies and distortions of the facts are so blatant that even James Carville is speaking up (“we can lose this thing”) as a warning.
    I suspect the Romney camp has the maturity to just keep doing what they are doing, building support slowly and avoiding being sidetracked by outrageous attacks and name calling from the left.  So far, they seem to be employing Clinton’s tactic of the quick response, and then they move on.  I think it’s working.
    So now Obama is selling ‘shout outs’ for Mother’s Day to donors? 
    Is the lack of dignity and respect for the office lost on the voters?  I don’t think so.

    • KenoshaMarge

      Carville is trying to get some of the 2008 enthusiasm back. Doubtful he will succeed. If Obama can’t this loud-mouth won’t.

       He’s just another POS Dem “strategist”.  Big mouth and a platform on CNN to spout his crap. I loathe Carville almost as much as I loathe Begala. And I didn’t even “like” Carville when I was a Dem.

      • FLDemFem

         Carville and Skeletor, separated at birth?

  • FormerLiberal9

    The funny thing about this election is that for the first time in my life I am looking forward to a dirty negative campaign.  Maybe its because just telling the truth about Obama’s record will be negative campaigning.

    I’m beginning to believe I may have overestimated Axelrod as a political mastermind. But even a lousy team can look brilliant if they play a worse team. McCain and his campaign made Axelrod look like a genius but I didn’t have the perspective to really judge Obama’s team. So far Axelrod’s and his Bots haven’t impressed me much and they got the ball slammed back in their faces a couple of times. So a little display of Bravado from Axelrod just brings a smile to my face, let the fun begin. 

  • Popsmoke

    This is what happens when “contract killers” ( who both parties employ) do their hit… http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/richard-lugar-loses-primary-nomination-to-conservative-challenger-richard-mourdock/2012/05/08/gIQANcJjBU_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines

    We lost a top shelf guy. This will hurt both Indiana and the United State. I blame not just the “contract killers” but voter apathy and ignorance as well as a real lousy campaign run by Lugar’s people. I met with Lugar’s campaign folk about a year ago as they started up the office in Indy.

    Killing the experienced, moderate and honest brokers, both democratic and republican on the Hill is not the answer to solving any of our problems.

    This is also also going to be a tough general election. http://www.indianabarrister.com/archives/2012/05/it_was_time_not_tea_that_defeated_dick_lugar.html

    Extremism on both sides will kill this country… The Tea Party is doing no one any favors…. 

    • DianaLC

      Popsmoke,

      I lived in Indianapolis for a short time (the only two years I ever lived out of my home state of CO).  It was right after Lugar was crowned the title of Nixon’s “favorite mayor” and after the concept of Unigov was put into place. 

      I was never a fan of Nixon, but I did indeed enjoy my short time in Indianapolis.

      I have mixed feelings about Lugar’s defeat because of Mourdock’s Tea Party backing.  But Lugar now does, in a sense, give the impression of being a state politician out of touch with his state by living almost permanently near D.C. in Viriginia (I believe).  Perhaps the ideas that made him popular with Nixon, his wanting more powers to “devolve” back to the state and local governments (an idea that I do agree with), became more of a memory for him over time as he became such an insider.  To go from Nixon’s favorite mayor to one of Obama’s favorite Rublican senators may be the reason he lost—not necessarily the fault of a bad campaign strategy.  Compromise is good but capitulation is not necessarily good.

      Though I haven’t lived there for a long time, I do remember Indiana as being conservative.  A senator really does have to represent his/her party and the state from which he/she is sent to Congress.

      Now we have a chance to see what Indiana wants since Mourdock will have to run a campaign against a  Dem in Indiana.

      • Popsmoke

        Dick has not had an official residence in Indiana for a long time and that issue was a smoke screen. The only ones in Indiana who did not know this where those living in New Mexico.

        Dick being senior did tons of things for Indiana and especially for veterans. Dick was not truly out of touch, you don’t serve for 36 years and not bring home the bacon especially for the farm community.

        Dick’s problem was not touching the population not being out of touch. Meaning Dick needed to make folk touch him and chat with him directly. He needed to spend more time in State touching people which has always been a Lugar problem. He is not very charismatic at all.

        This and the fact that his campaign staff had its head up its ass from the get go. They pushed for third party attacks rather then get their man on the street shaking hands and kissing babies. When the campaign strategy was not working they did not shift and continued to target what they believed was the voting base while opposition pushed in the rural counties.

        Dick spent more time on the Hill voting rather than campaigning which he thought was more important and that speaks volumes for the man. Mourdock’s Tea Party loonies were tireless getting their man in from of people and attacking Lugar any way they could. The loony staffers ( I called them this because they are extreme right wingers) out gunned the Lugar staffers…

        However and more importantly what really helped Mourdock was exactly the REPUBLICAN “contract killers”, that and voter apathy…

        What should alarm everyone is that the “contract killers” on both sides are the real threat to our liberty and will be the death of our electoral process.

        Yes Indiana is a conservative state but its not a extreme right state….

        Now the question will become can Mourdock survive the general?

        Indiana lost yesterday. It lost a senior player in the Senate and for those who understand the Hill, that is a killer. The country lost a senior statesmen and the very thread of our nuclear non-proliferation programs…

        Why? Simple… extremism and third party special interests …. Stupid Shit….

        • DianaLC

          Popsmoke,

          I never said I didn’t like Lugar.  But I did point out his mistake.  He should have been there in Indiana with the people he represented.  He forgot that part of the process.  And as far as I can tell, blaming the campaign staff is like passing the buck.

          Now we’ll see what happens to Indiana in the Senate.  At this point I do want more opposition to HR.

          • Popsmoke

            Believe me I blame both dick and his staff….

          • Popsmoke

             Good review … http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/why-dick-lugar-lost/2012/05/09/gIQAj9cfCU_blog.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics


            Lugar’s campaign did nothing to help him and, in fact, reinforced the
            fact that he had fallen badly out of touch with Republican voters in
            his state.

            Rather than heed the advice of national campaign
            professionals, who told Lugar he needed to professionalize his campaign
            operation, the incumbent went in the opposite direction — parting ways
            with respected pollster Linda DiVall and surrounding himself with Senate
            loyalists who knew far more about cloture than campaigns.

            Lugar
            convinced himself that the way he was regarded in Washington — as a
            senior statesman — was the way he was regarded in Indiana. He cavalierly
            dismissed the seriousness of Mourdock’s challenge and didn’t seem to
            grasp the danger inherent in the extended public debate over whether or not he was even a resident of the state.

            He did little to counter the idea that, at 80, his time to retire had come.”

        • Wisewoman2

          “what really helped Mourdock was exactly the REPUBLICAN “contract killers”.

          I see you really like Alexrod’s terminology you keep using it.  That says a lot about you whether you realize it or not.  People like him and Obama’s minions are the real “contract killers” lowering the standards of the country, implementing policies that don’t work such as an 830 billion stimulus for by their own statements of 2 million jobs created or “saved” at a cost of $415,000/job in one year or if 3 million jobs a cost of $277,000/job.  If one divides the money in half then 2 years of job time is possible at a cost of $208,000 and $139,000, respectively.  Most people earn between $25,000 and $100,000 per year.  When people focus on the math and find out the stupidity of wasting this much money for dubious results they will sh*t on themselves for supporting such a stupid president and congress.  If this ever happens the election will be a blowout for the opposite party and rightfully so.

          • Popsmoke

            By the way, Mourdock is already making a jackass of himself by stating that he will not compermise his standards and that he wants veto proof majority republican congress….

            Wait until the new Jr. Senator gets to DC and starts his new office in the basement of Senate Dirkson….

    • Wisewoman2

      “Extremism on both sides will kill this country… The Tea Party is doing no one any favors….”  By this statement you are saying that the Tea Party is extremist.  Now tell me what is extremist about having the following positions?
      1.  A belief that people are Taxed Enough Already (TEA) and forming a party the TEA Party to advocate for that position.
      2.  That our deficit and debt are way too big and should be cut.
      3.  Support representatives who support their positions and campaign for others to vote the same way.
      4.  Are not impressed with tax and spend policies and other policies that caused a melt down of the economy.
      5.  Believe in holding congress’s feet to the fire on these issues.  THEY ARE NOT PLAYING AND FRANKLY NEITHER SHOULD WE IF WE WANT THINGS TO CHANGE.

      • Popsmoke

        Look… Its not just about holding Congress’s feet to the fire. I am all for that. Its about HOW and WHO is holding whom…. Freedom Works and 527s like that one? Bullshit!

        Change? By partisan politics? Wake up your brighter than this….

      • Popsmoke

        This is the change you are calling for?

        “Richard Mourdock: ‘Bipartisanship Ought To Consist Of Democrats Coming To The Republican Point Of View’”

        The man is an idiot!

    • Hokma

      I met Lugar a few times back when I was doing some consulting – one time at the airport. He was one of the most engaging elected people I had ever met.

      It’s like a great sports star who you never thinks they can go on forever, until one day their talents are diminshed and are taken over by a younger star. It’s always sad to watch.

      • Popsmoke

        Exactly…. This was his biggest downfall…

        “with respected pollster Linda DiVall and surrounding himself with Senate loyalists who knew far more about cloture than campaigns.”

        I meet one of these Senate foreign relations staffers now on the campaign trail. This reporter hit it right on the head when he said, “surrounding himself with Senate loyalists who knew far more about cloture than campaigns.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

    Every time I see that comb over & 70s porn stache all I can think of is “I am the walrus! goo goo g’joob g’goo goo g’joob. Goo goo g’joob g’goo goo g’joob g’goo.”

    Seriously, separated at birth? You be the judge:

    • FLDemFem

       More like this guy..always promising something tomorrow for a hamburger, or vote,  today. The resemblance is uncanny.