President Obama's former top political adviser, David Axelrod, compared Martin O'Malley to Gary Hart in comments this morning on national television:
"David Axelrod, what does Martin O'Malley need to do to break through?"
"Well, he has to hang around and be persistent and hope to get some breaks," said Axelrod. "You know, Martin O'Malley began his career driving Gary Hart, a young senator from Colorado in 1984, who was widely discounted as a potential challenger to Walter Mondale who was the presumptive nominee. And Hart ended up taking Mondale right to the edge of defeat before Mondale overcame that. And that was his formative experience, O'Malley's formative experience. He's hoping for that same kind of effect."
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:
The administration's second-term woes might have been avoided if only the first term spinners had stayed around. Amie Parnes of The Hill writes of speculation that if Gibbs and Axelrod and Plouffe were: