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Sunday, February 15, 2009

David Axelrod's finely honed horsepuckey detector
Posted by Jill | 11:15 AM
Axelrod is really, really good:

David Gregory tried mightily to bully Axelrod into curling up into a fetal position in the corner, with his "would you concede...." and "...wouldn't you agree..." nonsense, only to have Axelrod brush off this standard Press the Meat boilerplate as if he were swatting flies, taking charge of the conversation to get the Administration's points across.

Nice work, David.

This is becoming a pattern, and a good one. Axelrod is never anything but unfailingly polite to his interviewer, but he clearly does not suffer fools gladly. Like his boss, he manages to slough off the kind of Washington boilerplate dished out by the punditocracy (so masterfully skewered by Frank Rich today) and just go about his business. He did it on CNN a few days ago and he did it on NBC today.

At least so far it seems to be working. People are recognizing that the very same people who are playing Gotcha with Axelrod and President Obama, demanding "bipartisanship" that means "Do what the Republicans want" are the ones who were lauding George W. Bush in his flight suit and passing along bogus terrorist threats, including the one that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Perhaps they've realized out in the hinterlands that these people don't know jack and are not worth listening to.

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