Sunday 26 September 2010Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.
When Sergio Amiti took his wife on a romantic break to Capri last month, he did not expect to find a seagull stealing their breakfast from a table on the balcony overlooking the sea [Sergio Amiti/Exclusivepix]
Oh just for laughs… apparently some big profile of Axelrod will post online tomorrow in The New Republic… but a couple snips were in the Mike Allen email.
They came, they failed, but no, it is Washington that deeply disappointed them.
“Them” being the Chicago boys, Axelrod in particular, who (I guess) massed outside DC, made their assault with their long guns, astride their mighty steeds…
and fell face down.
Obama, and the white boys behind him, did fine by their masters… but I still think he was supposed to keep a lid on the populace, keep patting them down, saying he loved them. Mesmerise them with his few talents.
Something like that…
“Obama and Axelrod both believe in changing Washington for its own sake. ‘It’s in the president’s nature, it’s also in David’s nature,’ says Stephanie Cutter, a senior White House aide. … [vomit worthy, truly —Mcat]
Whatever his tendency to fall in and out of love with politicians, there’s no evidence Axelrod has soured on Barack Obama. Quite the contrary-he is said to take enormous pride in the president’s legislative accomplishments. ‘When Obama rejects Axe’s political advice, David’s attitude is not like, “Why isn’t he listening to me?”’ says one administration official. ‘It’s more like, “This is why I love this guy. He’s willing to follow his heart even when the short-term politics are not with him.”’
Instead, the source of Axelrod’s disillusionment these days is Washington itself … As long as he was a civilian, Axelrod could blame the pace of change on the flawed politicians he helped elect. He could always move on and invest his hopes in someone else. But now that he’s serving in government, it’s clear that the problem isn’t so much flawed people-though, like anyone, Obama has his flaws-as a ferociously stubborn, possibly irredeemable system. For an idealist like David Axelrod, that may be the most terrifying thought of all.”
Posting tomorrow: http://www.tnr.com (ugh… if anyone could stand to read it.)
I don’t think the narrative makes any sense at all, but seems to be the cover story in process: Washington failed the miniature pols and fixers from Chicago. It wasn’t them, oh no. Couldn’t be them.
I am reminded of the crew that utterly blew the Olympics bid, made a public spectacle of pretzel and pretzel consort (in a dress that did not fit, no less)… and acted like no one noticed the amateurish play.
And the big fat fail.
Meanwhile over at the Right Wing Ranch this tidbit surfaced… bet this was quite the fascistic little hoe down:
NEW YORK — Even among the gays, the right is on the rise.
The broad surge in the conservative grassroots made it as far as PayPal founder Peter Thiel’s grand apartment overlooking New York’s Union Square Tuesday night, where about 150 backers of the conservative gay group GOProud gathered to laugh at Ann Coulter’s red meat riffs on Democrats, blacks, and the Obamas at a fundraiser organizers touted as “Homocon.”
GOProud is the tea party of the gay rights movement, with well-tailored dark suits in place of revolutionary war garb. The event, complete with lithe young men in black “Freedom is Fabulous” t-shirts guiding guests to the elevator, marked a new high tide in the shift of the Republican Party away from “social issues” and toward a broader complaint about Democratic management of the economy, national security, and the idea of America. GOProud is an explicitly gay group that isn’t particularly focused on gay rights, and Coulter’s speech – full of conservative red meat, and only the occasional Judy Garland joke – reflected its focus.
The gay right is thriving at a moment that the mainstream gay rights movement faces a profound crisis. ….
Hardly surprising, hardly different than things have been, just more out in the open.