Talk about your political opportunism… The Page reports that David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s top strategist, told reporters today that Hillary Clinton “will not benefit from a renewed conversation about foreign policy in the wake of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination in Pakistan.”
Bhutto’s death will “call into issue the judgment: who’s made the right judgments,” Axelrod said. “Obviously, one of the reasons that Pakistan is in the distress that it’s in is because al-Qaeda is resurgent, has become more powerful within that country and that’s a consequence of us taking the eye off the ball and making the wrong judgment in going into Iraq. That’s a serious difference between these candidates and I’m sure that people will take that into consideration.”
With foreign policy considered by many to be a strength Clinton has and Obama’s is lacking in, apparently Axelrod felt that swiping at Clinton for her Iraq war vote at this time would help Obama and hurt Clinton. Instead, Axelrod ends up looking like an ass on this one, especially adding the Woody Allen analogy:
“I know Woody Allen said that 80% of life is just showing up but there’s actually more to being proficient in foreign policy than just having been around for a long time. You also have to have good judgment. Obama was willing to split with the conventional wisdom on Iraq and many of these other issues and I think events have borne out his judgment.”
Unbelievable. Considering that Hillary Clinton actually knew Benazir Bhutto, WTF was Alexrod thinking? This is no time for candidates or their spokesmen to be stepping in the mire the way Axelrod did today. As Paul Krugman aptly notes in a message to the candidates, “It’s not about you.” There’s more thoughts on Axelrod’s unbelievably stupid remarks here, here, here and here.