On call with bloggers, Axelrod walks back "insane" comment
The Nation's Ari Melber reports that Obama senior adviser David Axelrod on Thursday evening walked back his contention that opposition to the Senate health-care reform bill by former Vermont governor Howard Dean and other progressives was "insane":
The White House swiftly organized a blogger conference call on Thursday evening to rally support for health care reform, in a bid to stem fallout from progressives over recent compromises in the Senate. Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod devoted most of the time to taking questions, as bloggers from OpenLeft, Daily Kos, Crooks and Liars and Huffington Post pressed for answers on why recent concessions seemed so one-sided.
MyDD's Jonathan Singer said he was channeling another blogger, Duncan Black, to ask whether Axelrod's recent "insane" remark about Howard Dean's position also applied to Ben Nelson's willingness to scuttle the entire bill. "I'm not professionally qualified to judge insanity and maybe I should have used a different word," Axelrod said, and he noted that "everybody's a little on edge at this point" in the long legislative battle.
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December 18, 2009; 12:21 PM ET
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