Thursday, February 12, 2009
Atta boy, David! Axelrod strikes back.
This is what I like to see (and hope to see a lot more of)!
After prominent members of Junior's gang of shysters broke with accepted decorum and publicly criticized the Obama administration, the President's senior adviser, David Axelrod hit back today in an interview with the Washington Post.
First, there was Big Dick Cheney warning that, unless the United States continues to torture and abuse detainees, Al Qaeda will storm into our living rooms and throttle our dogs and cats before our very eyes... or something like that.
Axelrod's response? "I was disappointed in [Cheney's] comments not because he said–stated the obvious which is that there are threats that are grave, but that he suggested that somehow the President’s decisions on torture in Guantanamo would increase the likelihood of that."
Well, perhaps not as emphatically-stated as I would have liked, but at least it's fit for print. (And if the Washington Post were to ever ask me to comment... well, let's just say there would be a lot of square bracket  replacements.)
Then, there was Andy Card, Junior's nominal chief-of-staff, whom Junior sent out to fetch cheeseburgers whenever the talk got serious. Andy was all in a huff because President Obama and his advisers didn't wear suit jackets in the Oval Office.
Axelrod hit him with a pretty good zinger, quipping: "We're wearing short sleeves because we have to roll up our sleeves and clean up the mess that we inherited." (And, of course, after Andy had shot his mouth off, some web-wise surfer discovered photos of Junior sitting at his desk in the Oval Office in his shirt sleeves! (Gasp!))
And lastly, there was Karl Rove himself. Axelrod's counterpart. Rove wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal bitching about the way that the new administration is handling the financial crisis (the crisis that Rove helped to create).
Quoth Axelrod: "You know, the last thing that I think we're looking for at this juncture is advice on fiscal integrity or ethics from Karl Rove, anyone who's read the newspapers for the last eight years would laugh at that." Is it just me? Or does Axelrod seem to have a special contempt for the man that Junior called "Turdblossom?" (And really, who among us doesn't?)
Axelrod's comments are hard-hitting and serve to remind the public of the absolutely sh*tty job that the Bush administration did when they held office. It's not just that they were corrupt, but that they were also inept!
As the remnants of the Republican party whine and cry and do their best to discredit Obama, even at the price of our national economy, Democrats generally, and the Obama administration specifically, should continue to remind the public of what it is that the Republicans truly represent: incompetence, corruption, sadism, plutocracy.