The Corner

Gird Your Loins . . .

Speaking to reporters in Lima, Ohio yesterday, David Axelrod said the President’s closing argument is “coming from his loins.” 

I’ve never seen him more exhilarated than he is right now. He believes in what he’s doing. He believes in what he’s fighting for. You can see in the speech that he’s delivering that this is coming from his loins.

The speech repurposes to the same shopworn rhetoric pitting the rich against the poor that has animated liberal Democrats of campaigns past, from Mario “Tale of Two Cities” Cuomo to John “Two Americas” Edwards. From the text of speech the President delivered in Lima:  

And here’s the thing, Lima — for eight years, we had a President who shared our beliefs — his name was Bill Clinton. And his economic plan asked the wealthiest to pay a little bit more so we could reduce our deficit and invest in the skills and ideas of our people. . . .

And let me tell you…I will be fine without a tax cut. I really will. Mitt Romney will definitely be fine without a tax cut. Don’t need it. And as long as I’m President, I’m not going to turn Medicare into a voucher just to pay for another millionaire’s tax cut. I’m not going to make young people pay more to go to college just for a tax cut for me or Mitt Romney. . . .

The folks at the very top in this country, they don’t need another champion in Washington.  They’ll always have a seat at the table. They’ll always have access. They’ll always have influence. We understand that. 

Comin’ at you straight from his loins.

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