Obama wanted the debt ceiling raised without conditions. He lost that argument because the tea party Republicans demanded spending cuts in exchange for extending the debt ceiling. And they refused to raise taxes.
And once the deal went through, and S&P downgraded America's credit anyway, the politics were obvious: Blame the other guy.
Axelrod understands this better than many. He plays politics for a living, and he's very good at it. He's been the mouthpiece for Obama for years, and for the Daleys of Chicago.
So he knows that accusing someone loudly is important when you're trying to shift blame away from your candidate. And with Obama busy at fundraisers, Axelrod has a lot of shifting to do . . .
But there was no hiding the desperation in the voices of Axelrod and Kerry. It is the sound of fear that carries farthest.
A year or so ago, the grass-roots tea party conservatives were just called weird. When weird didn't work, they were called crazy. When crazy didn't work, they were called racists.
When racists didn't work, some Democrats called them terrorists and worse.
All the donkeys making noise because the tea party doesn't want the government to grope you at airports or spend your money? Amazing . . .I've said it before and I'll say it again. The Star's Matt Tully should take a week off and shadow John Kass at the Chicago Tribune. He could learn a lot from him.