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Monday, October 11, 2010

Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer to David Axelrod: Is That The Best You Can Do?

In 2008, candidate Obama billed himself to the nation as the "post-partisan", "post-racial" politician. Now we can add "post-factual" to the list of Obama's superlatives. The president's top advisor David Axelrod appeared on Face the Nation to excoriate the Chamber of Commerce as a “threat to our democracy.”





During the interview, Schieffer played a laughable hit piece from the DNC filled with bumper-sticker sloganering claiming that Ed Gillespie and the lunatic left's favorite scourge, Carl Rove are "shills for big business" and are "stealing our Democracy."

After the ad claims that the Chamber of Commerce is "taking secret foreign money to influence our elections" Schiefer stops the tape shortly thereafter and points out, "the New York Times looked into the Chamber specifically and said that the chamber really isn't putting foreign money into the campaign." About the Chamber's budgeting regimen Schieffer notes, "They do spend heavily in politics, 25 million so far, they expect to spend 50 million. But this part about foreign money; that appears to be peanuts Mr. Axlerod. Do you have any evidence that's it's anything other than peanuts?" Axelrod's response to Schiefer is astounding for its sheer brazeness. "Do you have any evidence that it's not Bob?" replys Axelrod.

Welcome to the postmodernist world of today's Democrats, where facts don't matter, logic doesn't matter, they only stand as simple details to be brushed aside on the way to your message. In the mind of today's postmodernist, one simply makes an acusation, and whether or not it has merit, leave it up to the accused to take the bait and try and prove you're wrong!

Axelrod gives us the real reason he's on Face the Nation later in the tape when he says, "If the Chamber opens up it's books, and says here's where our political money is coming from here are the million dollar, two million, three million dollar contributions, we've gotten from this company or that industry, then we'll know. Until they do that, all we have is their assertion." (Just like we have Axelrod's assertion) The administration and the Democrats are in a full court press, to find out who the donors to the Chamber of Commerce are and how are they are spending their money.

Even the New York Times, hardly considered a friend to Republicans or Conservatives finds no foul here. Eric Lichtblau wrote in Thursday's edition of the Times, "there is little evidence that what the chamber does in collecting overseas dues is improper or even unusual, according to both liberal and conservative election-law lawyers and campaign finance documents. In fact, the controversy over the Chamber of Commerce financing may say more about the Washington spin cycle — where an Internet blog posting can be quickly picked up by like-minded groups and become political fodder for the president himself — than it does about the vagaries of campaign finance."

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