David Axelrod Takes Aim At Hillary’s Campaign, Encourages ‘Humility’

The man behind much of Barack Obama’s electoral success recently weighed in on the shortcomings he believes Hillary Clinton must overcome in order to become the next president. David Axelrod, who served as Obama’s campaign strategist during the 2008 election, has dealt with Clinton before and offered some tips regarding how she can improve her strategy ahead of 2016.

“Humility is the order of the day,” he insisted. “In 2007, her campaign was this juggernaut of inevitability and it was a top-down experience.”

As it turned out, of course, the far less recognizable Obama was able to overcome the name recognition gap and defeat Clinton to earn his party’s nomination. Axelrod speculated that Americans can grow to resent the notion that a particular candidate’s nomination is a foregone conclusion.

“Voters don’t like to be told that their decision is predetermined,” he explained. “They want to be asked for their vote; and more than that they want to have a genuine connection with the candidate.”

Though he saw some redeeming qualities in Clinton following her 2008 loss in the Iowa caucuses, Axelrod cautioned that she needs to remain humble throughout the process in order to come out victorious in next year’s primary.

He described the post-Iowa Clinton of 2008 as one who “threw caution off” and was better able to identify with voters.

“The candidate you see in Iowa today is much closer to that candidate,” he concluded, “and I think that’s authentically who she is.”

Regardless of her personality on the campaign trail, however, plenty of evidence exists that prospective voters are already weary of Clinton’s near-constant media coverage more than a year and a half before Election Day. Whether due to the fact that she has been a household name for more than two decades or that she has been linked to countless scandals throughout that time, reports of Clinton’s inevitability – as in the 2008 campaign cycle – might be premature.

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Chris Matthews Clueless On Why Hillary’s Private Email Account Is Suspicious


The New York Times piece by Michael S. Schmidt on Hillary Rodham Clinton using a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state has many of her supporters scrambling to justify her actions. Mrs. Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department is a serious breach of federal law since these communications are considered government records.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews thinks that Mrs. Clinton not using a secure government email account is not worthy of scrutiny. He compared the use of personal email for official government correspondence with the petty violation of stealing office supplies for use at home.

I don’t know with this formal custom how often it’s honored, how often it’s not. It’s almost like don’t take your pens home and use them at home. I wonder if it’s one of those roles.

Matthews asked former campaign strategist David Axelrod if this should be a NYT front page story.

David Axelrod, you’ve got experience with this. What did you – you think this is something worth the top of the fold of the New York Times? Hillary Clinton didn’t use her email instead of her government email? Is this worthy of this kind of hootin’ and hollerin’?

Jonathan Allen, Bloomberg News D.C. Bureau Chief, explained to the Hardball host that all government letters and emails belong to American citizens.

I think what’s interesting about this story, it used to be the criticism that the Clintons wanted to re-write history. Now it seems that Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to have history recorded at all with these emails. I mean, it’s disturbing on the level, you know, as Ron pointed out today, these are our emails. This is our information and I think it goes to a larger question.

Matthews interrupted with a weak analogy that Mrs. Clinton should be able to send her husband an email to meet at a restaurant for dinner through a private email account. Mr. Allen responded that a private email is permissible for personal communications, but all government business needs to be conducted on a government email server.

You can have a private email for your private conversations. But you shouldn’t be conducting government business from your private email account. And honestly, if you look at the way this is set up, it was set up with a forethought to evade the spirit of the open records laws. I mean, it’s the pattern almost of paranoia.

Matthews interrupted Allen in an attempt to defend the former secretary of state.

What was the law at the time she did this? What was the law at the time she did this? I thought the law didn’t come into effect after…

h/t: Newsbusters

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No Scandals For Obama Administration? You Can’t Be Serious!

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David Axelrod, former top advisor to President Obama, made a revelatory comment on his book tour this week. In an appearance at the University of Chicago, touting his political autobiography, Axelrod said, “I’m proud of the fact that basically you’ve had an administration that has been in place for six years in which there hasn’t been a major scandal. I think that says a lot about the ethical strictures of this administration.”

Perhaps most surprisingly, Axelrod made the statement with a straight face. The only logical explanation for such a statement is that either he’s oblivious to what the administration has done over the past six years, or he’s completely detached from reality. At the very least, he clearly could have a promising future as an actor.

Equally alarming is the context within which Axelrod made the remark. He was responding to a question from an audience member on why Obama broke his promised ban on lobbyists in the White House. Axelrod replied that he didn’t “think that’s true.”

Lobbying scholar Conor McGrath has documented how inaccurate Axelrod’s perception is. In the latest issue of the Journal of Public Affairs, McGrath said, “President Obama’s public rhetoric on contact with lobbyists does not always accord with his private actions.” You’ll recall that on his first day in office, Obama ostentatiously signed an Executive Order banning former lobbyists from working in his administration. That makes it even more difficult to disavow the reality that they hired 119 former lobbyists, including 60 in senior administration posts, according to McGrath.

Since Mr. Axelrod seems to be oblivious to the administration’s failure in regard to hiring lobbyists, he’s certainly left the door open to erroneous perceptions with regard to administration scandals, as well. So let’s take a look at some of the scandals that have not taken place over the past six years, per the former advisor.

Things like the IRS being used as a political enforcement arm of the administration in targeting opposition groups and taxpayers. And how about the three-fer of refusing to provide adequate protection of our ambassador to Libya, blaming his murder on a video that no one in Libya had seen before then, and then covering up everything from the State Department to the Pentagon and the White House to prevent the truth from being revealed.

Axelrod clearly doesn’t think Obamacare’s a scandal, but there are a great number of Americans who believe differently. What else can it be called when a president promises our health insurance would drop by $2,400 and we could all keep the policies that we like, but then prices rise by an average of 78% in four years, and tens of millions of Americans lost that insurance they were promised they could keep? In a normal person’s lexicon, that would be considered scandalous, especially since it was all obviously based on a lie.

And let’s not forget Axelrod’s “non-scandal” of dozens of our veterans losing their lives, and tens of thousands of them being deprived requisite healthcare because of internal politics within the Veteran’s Administration. When policies lead to one unnecessary and innocent death, isn’t that scandalous? So why is it not when it leads to over 40 deaths?

In banana republics, politicians giving money to their political cronies, and vice versa, is considered graft and corruption. This administration has proven one of two things: either the U.S. is now a banana republic, or such graft and corruption is now acceptable in the most powerful republic in the world. How else can we classify the billions of “stimulus” dollars that went to administration friends at Solyndra, NextEra, Ener1, Solar Trust, and dozens of other well-connected companies, which all subsequently went bankrupt?

Typically, when a government illegally (according to its own laws) operates a gun-running operation, putting guns purposefully into the hands of drug cartels and their goons, leading to the deaths of government law enforcement agents, it would be considered a scandal. Perhaps Mr. Axelrod just thinks that the DOJ’s “Fast and Furious” operation was just business as usual.

We could go on and on, including the EPA’s collusion with the green lobby, the 25 documented unconstitutional actions of the administration after taking an oath to uphold it, the massive debt and deficit spending that threatens our economic stability, and the Bowe Bergdahl fiasco of trading five of the most hardened jihadists for an army deserter. And then, in the case of the latter, having the temerity to claim the “Taliban is an armed insurgency; ISIL is a terrorist group. So we don’t make concessions to terrorist groups.”

I’m sure that a major component to Axelrod’s ignorance of administration scandals is the fact that the mainstream media has virtually ignored all of them. To a media that has ignored the myriad of administration scandals, failures, lies, and incompetency, if they don’t report them, the scandals apparently never occurred. Kind of like the old philosophical question of a tree falling in a forest; if there’s no one to hear it, does it make any noise? To the media, if they don’t report it, it didn’t happen; and the administration affirms the nonevent.

Then again, perhaps it’s just a characteristic of sycophancy. If Axelrod denies the scandals occurred, they didn’t. For perception rarely approximates reality in a sycophant’s mind. Such detachment from reality may be laudable in Hollywood, but certainly not in the top echelons of government.

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Axelrod Interview: Ad Spending, The Ground Game, Reaching “Persuadables”

 David Axelrod SC Axelrod Interview: Ad Spending, the Ground Game, Reaching Persuadables

Reporters from several news organizations, including RealClearPolitics, interviewed Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod in Parma, Ohio, Thursday after President Obama’s speech there.

What’s your response to the $100 million raised by Romney campaign and announced today?

Congratulations, they had a good month.

What about taunts on Twitter from the Romney camp today?

I mean, I don’t think that — ultimately — that this race will be determined on monthly fundraising, and we’ve already been honest, not because of what they’re raising, but about what the super PACs are raising — that we’re going to be outspent. It seems to me that they were looking for some good news today, and this is the best they had.

The race is not coming down to money?

I’ve said it always concerns me — you know the monthly numbers are not as big. . . . The fact that Sheldon Adelson can go to the cage in his casino and pull $10 million out and send it to Restore Our Future or to anybody or to Rove — that’s a bigger concern. I think ultimately you can have all the money you want, but if you don’t have the right candidate and the right message . . . They’ve spent an awful lot of money in the last few months, and it’s hard to see what that bought them.

You’ve said you don’t think the Romney campaign is focused on the ground game and the grassroots.

I don’t think you buy grassroots. We have an organization, and that is helpful, and some of that is paid. But you either inspire activity at the grassroots, or you don’t. I don’t see anything to suggest to me that that’s going to be Gov. Romney’s strength in this race.

Read More at realclearpolitics.com. By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics.

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