Monday, April 16, 2012

David Axelrod on FOX News Sunday Reminds Reader of Past Encounter

PPPS (Littleton)—Our loyal reader and sometimes contributor, Citizen Pete, sent us a note after viewing Chris Wallace's interview with David Axelrod on FOX News Sunday.

Dear Editor,

Watching David Axelrod on FOX News Sunday brought back fond memories of when I debated him last June. 

I can certainly sympathize with Chris Wallace trying to get a word in edgewise once Axelrod gets rolling. 

But I got in a few. Axelrod is good, but no match for Citizen Pete.

Your loyal reader,
Citizen Pete

Here is a link to our interview with Citizen Pete about his debate with David Axelrod, former Senior Adviser to the President and current Obama campaign spokesman.

And here are links about the FOX News Sunday Interview which focus on Axelrod's now famous faux pas, where he appeared to endorse Mitt Romney's solution for the economy.
FOX News
Washington Post
New York Post

UPDATE June 17, 2012 — An Analysis of the Axelrod Fauz Pas from Master Axelrod Debater, Citizen Pete

David Axelrod is a master of spin and perfecter of the "astroturf" method of political persuasion, but when he gets rolling, sometimes his mouth gets out ahead of his brain. That was certainly the case on FOX News Sunday.

The funny part is that Axlerod's faux pas came not when Chris Wallace was challenging him or trying (vainly) to interrupt and redirect the conversation, but when he offered him the softball question at the end - here you go, I'm setting you up, summarize your best talking point on what this election is all about from your candidate's perspective.

I think that Axelrod's mind is wired (especially when doing a FOX News interview) to respond to a question in this way:
  1. first, deflect away from or deny the truth posed in the question,
  2. then quickly drop a subtle untruth or two designed to set up for......
  3. the full offensive based on a new bold fresh lie,
  4. then, finish with a barrage of unrelated talking points before the host can regain control.
Chris Wallace's closing, straight forward "tell me what you want us to hear" question threw him off his game. Axlerod simply could not shift gears fast enough. And Wallace just sat back and smiled. 

I liken it to "pulling the chair" on an NBA big man down under the basket. Way to go Chris!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Retro 2009 Tea Party Signs Spotted at Anti-Obamacare Rally

PPPS (Denver)—In a surprising twist, two Tea Party signs originally carried at a 2009 Protest of Obamacare, resurfaced on Tuesday at a Hands Off My Healthcare Rally in Denver sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. The Denver rally was one of many across the nation in protest of Obamacare, and included speeches about aspects of the law by several noted conservative and Tea Party activists.