The man behind both the successful Presidential campaigns of former President Obama is strategist David Axelrod. He said, “There’s this feeling that things are out of control” and added: “So, you know…this is very, very difficult environment right now .”
The first thing that comes to mind for me is: Does this have Obama’s blessing? I find it hard to believe that Axelrod would, as a CNN commentator and criticizer of the Democratic Party’s standard bearer, without having been given permission by his boss. The second question I have is: How long do you think this man will be working at CNN? He’s going to cause a stir among left-leaning networks who have covered Biden since the beginning of his presidency. Oliver Darcy …
and Brian Stelter
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 1, 2022
Axelrod continued to attack the president, however:
Inflation, no one president can control inflation, but it is a gale force wind right now. It is affecting politics.
You heard him speak about gas prices today. Although he talks about the gas taxes holiday, he will not get it. There are many Americans skeptical that this would be a good idea.
While it is true that inflation cannot be controlled by one president, one can certainly increase the problems with excessive spending. Biden has a number of out-of control bills, including the $1.2 trillion bill for infrastructure and the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that provides COVID relief. Add tens to billions more that were sent to Ukraine. All this could have to do with inflation.
Don’t forget, Biden was willing to spend up to $5 trillion more for the Build Back better bill. But he could not get enough votes to stop him. If this behemoth had made it to Congress, imagine how bad inflation would have been.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in November of 2021 that Biden’s monstrous agenda was even bigger than the New Deal and that “Never in American history has so much been spent at one time.”
The resulting inflation came at a price:
“A just-released national survey has found that 83% of U.S. households are cutting their personal spending and travel due to soaring inflation. These cutbacks are being driven almost entirely by energy costs, which have spiked nearly 35% in the past year.” https://t.co/ecXE9w8p0V
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) July 1, 2022
Tapper asked Axelrod about an AP-NORC poll which shows that 85 percent of respondents think the country is headed in the wrong direction. Tapper stated, “That clearly points to disaster in November for Democrats.” Axelrod was also in agreement:
If you looked at the chart you would see that the vitals are poor. The President’s approval rating’s at 38%. His economic rating is low. The consumer confidence has dropped. This is the number you mentioned.
The two men also talked about the filibuster. Both acknowledged that, although Biden recently proposed a pause to allow for abortion votes, it is not possible. Tapper stated flatly, “Well he won’t be able get it done,” as he doesn’t possess the votes. Axelrod agreed once more.
Being a loyal Dem and also a CNN contributor, Axelrod at least had to make a (weak) attempt at optimism, claiming that the recent overturn of Roe v Wade might galvanize the progressive base. He said, “You know what, if I was a Republican strategist I would be a bit concerned about that right now.”
No David. Republican strategists don’t worry about this right now. They are also able to read polls.
Axelrod was critical of the Biden Administration in the past, but this interview shows that he has really taken the gloves off. As I had asked, does he still have the blessing of Big O? Is this a sign that a wave of Dems will soon jump the Biden ship and try to force out of the race in 2024?
Or are they clearing the decks for Michelle Obama?