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Axelrod and Trippi Tag Team Penn

It’s the three stooges. No offense intended to Curly, Moe and Larry.

Get the hook for these guys. It’s time the women took over, because this spectacle
on “Hardball” was a disgrace. Children, all of them, Matthews included.

No clearer case could be made for women taking over the politics in this country. Because whatever these guys have we need to rid ourselves of it immediately.

But can anyone doubt Trippi and Axelrod are tag teaming the Clinton camp? With
Matthews chiming in this was three on one, the guys all going after Clinton’s
man Mark Penn, who should be replaced by Mandy Grunwald, as one example, whenever
Clinton needs a TV spokesperson. Seriously, what are they thinking? Trippi does
such a disservice for Edwards, whining and practically winking to Axelrod as
he attacks Penn. As for Axelrod, he has no class whatsoever. Even after Shaheen
steps down
, with Clinton personally apologizing,
Axelrod obviously thinks the Shaheen event is Obama’s ticket to the nomination so he will not let it
go. Penn repeating the word cocaine infuriated Trippi, but you didn’t hear Trippi calling Axelrod for ignoring the fact that
Clinton has done all she can on the Shaheen score. Obama is even raising money off of it now. It’s clear that both Trippi
and Axelrod were hoping to make Penn look bad by working together in order to humiliate the Clinton camp, with Matthews acting as an enabler. The whole segment was such a turn off it’s hard to judge who looked worse.

Axelrod also has a lot of nerve talking about negative attacks. Perhaps it
has slipped Mr. Axelrod’s mind what Marc
Ambinder wrote recently
:


His campaign staffers, too, have become frustrated by the focus of the media’s
attention, specifically that the press has not covered Clinton in the way
they expected it would. During an interview this summer, Obama’s
friend Valerie Jarrett said to me, unbidden, “He is a man who is devoted
to his wife. There aren’t going to be any skeletons in his closet in
terms of his personal life at all. Period.” And at a campaign event
in Iowa, one of Obama’s aides plopped down next to me and spoke even
more bluntly. He wanted to know when reporters would begin to look into Bill
Clinton’s postpresidential sex life.

Obama’s attacks began in July with “Bush-Cheney lite,” a quintessential
right-wing talking point.

Obama let fly the “D-Punjab” beauty, plus a hit on Bill Clinton.

Do you want to talk about Obama sucking up Novak’s screed with a straw?

How about targeting Paul Krugman, with oppo research dumped on Edwards as a recent encore.

Axelrod and the Obama campaign are utterly hypocritical on this score, but with Trippi’s help Clinton was made the bad guy. These two would never have pulled this stunt off with Many Grunwald standing there, never.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such pathetic performances from supposedly
professional campaign advisors. If you don’t like our politics, these three
stooges are exhibits one, two and three.

Their bottom line message for the candidates got in at the end. Edwards represents a walk away from big corporate interests in Washington. Clinton represents experience and someone who’s been working hard for people for 35 years. Obama can bring everyone together, Independents, Republicans and Democrats. Take your pick.

Elizabeth Edwards was on MSNBC just a little while ago speaking for her husband. She makes Joe Trippi look like a dirty diaper strapped infant. Edwards should go with her next time. At least she’s got class.

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