Hippie Punching & The Enthusiasm Gap

This time it is David Axelrod who doesn’t get it.

Some fireworks at the end of an otherwise uneventful conference call with White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod, when blogger Susie Madrak took the White House to task for their continued swipes at the “professional left.”

Madrak asked, “I’m a blogger, and I don’t know if you know this term, but are you familiar with the term hippie-punching?”

There was about a 15-second pause. “Go ahead,” said Axelrod.

She continued. “Liberals and bloggers feel like we’re the girl you take under the bleachers but won’t be seen with in the light of day.” She mentioned a series of incidents where the White House distances themselves from their base, and wondered how that helps Democrats regain enthusiasm from those same people. “We’re not big numbers, but we raise money and we encourage people to vote and get involved. You have to help us help you,” she concluded.

…and it continues:

Axelrod tried to make it sound like Madrak was saying she wanted help (I don’t really know what he was intimating here), but Madrak said, “No, I said help us help you. Don’t make our jobs so much harder with these comments.”

“I’d say right back atcha,” replied Axelrod, growing a bit tense. “Whatever differences we have pale in comparison to the differences to the folks out there today masquerading as representatives of the American people.”

“I hear you, I hope you hear me,” he wrapped up.

At this point, I really think that the Obama game plan is to lose the house at midterms. They just want to get that Clinton-under-fire-groove on, have an excuse to cave to the Wingnuts, and use it as the argument to return him to the White House in 2012. I think we are going to see Triangulation perfected in the next two years.

(Firedoglake, Greg Sargent and Susie’s Suburban Guerrilla)

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0 Responses to Hippie Punching & The Enthusiasm Gap

  1. Screw triangulation. Bassoonery is much more effective.