Axelrod to Susie Madrak: "Honey, you know I love you! Now STFU and give me that money!"
Susie's got some access, and she shows how to use it:
Top Obama adviser David Axelrod got an earful of the liberal blogosphere's anger at the White House moments ago, when a blogger on a conference call directly called out Axelrod over White House criticism of the left, accusing the administration of "hippie punching."
"We're the girl you'll take under the bleachers but you won't be seen with in the light of day," the blogger, Susan Madrak of Crooks and Liars, pointedly told Axelrod on the call, which was organized for liberal bloggers and progressive media.
“[AXELROD:] Let me say this. I really believe this is the most consequential time in our lifetime… We are in a struggle, we are in a fight. We don’t have to agree, but we all have to lock arms and move forward here. [Translation: STFU and give us your money] ....
And we get? Seriously, Dave, have you considered playing old-fashioned politics, like I understand they do in Chicago, by giving something to the people you supposedly want on your side?
“[AXELROD:] Saying we shouldn’t be involved in intramural [What? Grade school recess? What's wrong with this guy?] skirmishes, I couldn’t agree more. [Translation: STFU and give us your money] And that goes on both sides… I’m not lecturing you, I’m speaking to everyone involved on our side. There are big things at stake here. The nature of progressive thought is that we go at it, we trade ideas, and that’s as it should be. But we have to come together [Translation: STFU and give us your money]. ... Whatever differences we have pale in comparison to the differences to the folks out there today masquerading as representatives of the American people.” [Translation: Look! Over there! Sarah Palin!]
I like the "big things at stake" riff. "Big things" like what? Like 10% nominal (20% real) unemployment? No. The Ds are normalizing it. Like the Ds trying to steal the Rs "tax cut" clothes? They're not even going to hold a vote. Like the wars? Iraq is still going on, and Afghanistan is getting worse. Like executive lawlessness? Obama ratified and consolidated everything Bush did. Like HCR? A bailout for the insurance companies. Like FinReg? The banksters are bigger than ever, and just as accountable as they were under Bush, which is to say, not at all. Like Social Security? Obama's Cat Food Commission is going to cut it after the election.
Neither party's done jack squat, except for bailing out the top 1% for when they lost the rent money at the track. Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.
NOTE Booman makes a further contribution to the Annals of Progressive Idiocy with "balanced" comment:
On our side, though, we were far too quick to assign the worst motivations to the administration. We made ourselves their enemy and earned their enmity. ....
Why? Not clapping hard enough? And what do you mean "we," Boo?
It's a two-way failure, as the exchange between Madrak and Axelrod crystallized. I hope people listen to what Axelrod had to say. But I'm also glad that Madrak had the balls to get in Ax's face.
Well, I've been schooled in the "had the balls" locution, because -- and I know this will come as a surprise to career "progressives" like Booman -- more than half the human race doesn't have balls. I believe it was CD who suggested "have the stones," since stones could refer to both balls and -- pay attention, here, Booman, because I'm only going to say this once -- ovaries. And if we need to have that discussion, could we have it in a separate post?