As Western Journalism reported earlier today, Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party absolutely crushed their rivals on the left in the just-concluded national elections that saw the liberal Labour Party in the United Kingdom lose some two dozen seats in Parliament. And which former Obama strategist was a highly paid consultant to Labour candidates? Which big-time MSNBC political analyst had only days before the humiliating defeat suffered by his British clients predicted a “very, very close race?”
Why, that now thoroughly discredited pundit was none other than David Axelrod, who NewsBusters says collected the tidy sum of $463,000 for his advice that saw Labour Party leaders go down in flames. NewsBusters reports that, following the trouncing his clients took, Axelrod tried to shift the blame away from his advice about how to run their leftist campaigns.
“On Twitter, Friday, Axelrod blamed others: ‘In all my years as journalist & strategist, I’ve never seen as stark a failure of polling as in UK. Huge project ahead to unravel that.’”
Clearly, though, it wasn’t polling that led to the defeat of the candidates who followed Axelrod’s lead in choosing the campaign positions they would embrace — positions that British voters overwhelmingly rejected. Only yesterday, the day Britons went to the polls, Axelrod went on Andrea Mitchell’s MSNBC show to, essentially, declare victory for the Labour Party as well as to tout the supposed superiority of the political advice he gave the party’s candidates.
NewsBusters provides a partial transcript of that interview, which has now proven to be rather unfortunate for Mr. Axelrod and opinions about his competence in both advising about, and predicting the results of, today’s political contests.
…some of the same issues, Andrea, we’re dealing with here, that in the advanced economies, how do you create economies in which people that work hard get ahead, stay ahead of bills, have some hope for kids and their future… One thing seems clear is that there’s going to be a progressive majority in Britain after this election. Unless there’s a huge surprise today, it’s really hard to see how David Cameron puts together, puts together a majority coalition.
The real significance of David Axelrod’s utter failure here runs far beyond the Conservative Party’s landslide in the United Kingdom. It’s what Axelrod’s advice and insight — or lack thereof — could mean for the 2016 election cycle in the United States. That point is driven home with a vengeance by a recent post on the website of NBC News — a piece that, ironically, underscores the potential weakness of traditional Democrat talking points and what many might call “threadbare” campaign platitudes.
The opening sentences of the NBC News post are particularly revealing: “President Barack Obama’s former adviser David Axelrod has some advice for 2016 presidential hopefuls: Pay heed to politicians across the pond. The strategist, who has been advising the U.K.’s main opposition Labour Party ahead of Thursday’s election, said Americans contenders should draw lessons from Britain’s general election by putting household economics at the heart of their campaign.”
By clicking on the video below, you can watch the celebrated guru of liberal election victory lay out his philosophy that, if adopted by Democrats in 2016, could lead to the same kind of wipeout that the Labour Party just suffered across the pond.
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