President Obama's former top political adviser, David Axelrod, took some shots at Hillary Clinton in a Slate interview from over the weekend. Clinton, Axelrod said, is on "double secret, super probation" after flip-flopping and declining to support Obama's trade bill that she previously championed.
"The operative word is 'genuine,'" Axelrod explained. "I mean, whatever she does, she has to do it genuinely. She' on like double secret, super probation here when it comes to inauthenticity. And I don't think that the position she took on the Trans-Pacific Partnership the other day has helped in that regard because she's got dozens and dozens and dozens of comments on the record in support of this agreement and this process. And I'm sure she's going to get some barbed questions and comments on that in this debate.
"She has to be very careful about not looking like she is not reading from a script.
"As for the grandmother thing, I actually -- I'm a new grandparent, so I'm partial to these references -- but it's become a bit hackneyed.
"So I just think the biggest thing they have to do is filter everything they do through that authenticity lens. Because if she comes off as inauthentic, it's going to just compound what seems to be the core problem facing her right now."
President Obama's former top political adviser, David Axelrod, says that "It would be a terrible mistake" for Hillary Clinton not to take questions from the press. Axelrod also once worked for the Clintons.
David Axelrod has some advice for Hillary Clinton: stop doing what you're doing. Of course, Axelrod, a political professional, put it a little more gently today in an interview with CNN.
But his message remains clear: Clinton should meet with voters (something she's hardly doing), be honest (a constant Clintonian struggle), and throw caution to the wind (something her month-long presidential campaign clearly hasn't even bothered to try).
President Obama's former top political adviser, David Axelrod, told the Hillary Clinton campaign that they'd have to answer questions about the secretary of state's exclusive use of private email. Axelrod made the comments last night on MSNBC:
"There was a rigorous policy about using email" in the Obama administratoin, Axelrod said. "People had private email, but government business was to be conducted on government email."
David Axelrod appears to be responding to Hillary Clinton's criticism of President Obama by reminding everyone of the future presidential candidate's support for the Iraq war. Obama, of course, was against the war from the beginning.
"Just to clarify," Axelrod said on Twitter, "'Don't do stupid stuff' means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision."
Just to clarify: "Don't do stupid stuff" means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision.
David Axelrod, the former top political adviser to President Barack Obama, talks Russia on Twitter. "Crimea and Punishment. Putin riding high at home now, but hard to see how his county benefits in the long run if ruble is in rubble," writes Axelrod.
George E. Condon Jr. at the National Journaldelivers a piece of Beltway analysis that is sure to gladden the hearts of all those living and working (or looking for work) out beyond the Potomac. The insider news is that, while the Obama administration has been through a bit of a rough patch, there is a way to turn things around. David Axelrod, the ace insider, sees it like this: