Friday, March 16, 2012

The Language David Axelrod Uses

David Axelrod, senior guru (unofficial title) of Obama's re-election campaign, had some harsh words for Bill Burton, head of the Obama SuperPAC.

Here's what Burton said regarding Bill Maher's vile words towards conservative women:

“First of all, obviously, some of those things were vulgar and inappropriate and said over the course of years of a comedian’s life. It’s not language I would use or language we would use at Priorities USA,” Burton said

First, Axelrod took to twitter to express his dismay about such a response:

And when [he] says it's "not the language I would of used," what does that mean? What about the spirit of what [was] said? Was that OK?

Axelrod later expanded on that in an interview:

"What about the spirit of what was said?" Axelrod asked ... "I thought that was a cowardly answer, and it was a test of leadership, and one that he failed."

Wait. What?

Oh, right. Axelrod wasn't talking about Bill Burton's answer regarding Maher. He was perched atop his high horse which was standing on his soap box regarding Mitt Romney's response to Rush Limbaugh's comments regarding Sandra Fluke:

Last week, Romney made a brief comment about the Fluke incident, saying that Limbaugh calling Fluke a "slut" was "not the language I would have used."

"What about the spirit of what was said?" Axelrod asked of Romney's response. "I thought that was a cowardly answer, and it was a test of leadership, and one that he failed."

So Romney and Burton used nearly identical words to respond to Limbaugh/Maher respectively. But Axelrod only views one of those responses as cowardly.

But of course. David Axelrod doesn't think Bill Burton is cowardly or a failed leader. Because Axelrod has standards. Two of them. You might even call them double standards.

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