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Oh, I like this. After suffering through a consistent amount of nonsense from Karl Rove, Andy Card, and Shooter Cheney, David Axelrod has had enough and lays a nice smackdown on the Axis of Jackassery.


David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, had harsh words for some of former President Bush's closest advisers during an interview with the Post's Lois Romano yesterday, dismissing as "intramural stuff" the critiques offered by the former Administration.

Axelrod praised Bush for his handling of the transition while sharply criticizing some of the former president's advisers.

Axelrod said he was "disappointed" by former Vice President Dick Cheney's comments regarding the planned closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison and the suggestion that it would increase the likelihood of a terrorist attack; he described himself as "surprised" by former White House chief of staff Andy Card's remark that not wearing a jacket in the Oval Office was disrespectful.

But, Axelrod saved his strongest condemnation for the man who held his job in the Bush White House: Karl Rove. Of Rove's criticism of Obama's economic stimulus plan, Axelrod said: "The last thing that I think we are looking for at this juncture is advice on fiscal integrity or ethics from Karl Rove -- anyone who's read the newspapers for the last eight years would laugh at that."

The fact that these three loudmouths get any air time is amazing in its own right, but the level of stupidity in their comments has really been infuriating. Kudos to Axelrod for a richly deserved smackdown.

Edit: I altered the title somewhat as it wasn't as righteous a smackdown as it could have been, but I'm very pleased nonetheless.

Originally posted to turneresq on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 06:00 PM PST.

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