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Despite Burton Spin, Axelrod Bails on Bill Maher



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Bill Burton, Obama’s former who now heads his SuperPAC, insisted last week that it was completely unacceptable for Republicans to not denounce Rush Limbaugh for his comments, but there was no need for Democrats to distance themselves from Bill Maher. Maher made a $1 million donation to Obama’s SuperPAC and is performing at a fundraiser for the Alabama Democratic Party, and has in the past used the c-word and t-word to describe Sarah Palin in his stand-up routines and his HBO show.

Burton:

“First of all, obviously, some of those things were vulgar and inappropriate and said over the course of years of a comedian’s life. It’s not language I would use or language we would use at Priorities USA,” Burton said. “But the notion that there is an equivalence between what a comedian has said over the course of his career and what the de facto leader of the Republican Party said to sexually degrade a woman who led in a political debate of our time, is crazy.”

If the comparison is crazy, why is Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod bailing on Maher’s show?

David Axelrod will not be appearing as a guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” despite reports last week that he was scheduled to do the show in the next few weeks.

“He’s not scheduled to go on at this time,” said Ben LaBolt, the press secretary for President Obama’s reelection campaign.

So, Mr. Burton, is David Axelrod crazy, or are you just offering an implausible spin that not even your closest allies believe?


Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Burton , Bill Maher , David Axelrod


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