Axelrod predicts Republican ‘reign of terror’

White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod talks in the East Room of the White House. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Republicans in the U.S. Congress are under a “reign of terror” imposed by the party’s conservative wing that also has pushed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to the right, President Barack Obama’s senior campaign strategist said on Sunday.

David Axelrod, in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” program, cited the Obama administration’s plans for immigration reform as an example of Republican intransigence in Congress.

The political process in Washington should not be “monolithic opposition to everything the chief executive wants to do as a political strategy,” Axelrod said, adding that an “implacable group of Republicans” had blocked any possibility of immigration reform.

“I think there are a lot of Republicans in Congress who want to cooperate … but they’re in the thralls of this reign of terror from the far right that has dragged the party to the right,” he said.

“Governor Romney and the party have gone way off to the right,” he added.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Axelrod said that if Obama is re-elected, some Republicans would be more willing to work with him.

Axelrod said Romney, the former Massachusetts governor in line to be the Republican challenger to Obama’s re-election in the November 6 election, has nothing new to offer voters.

“People don’t know Mitt Romney very well,” he said on CNN. “They see a businessman. They hope he has new ideas. When they find out what his ideas are, slashing taxes at the top for the very wealthy … they’re going to think, ‘This is very familiar. We’ve tried this. This was a big failure.’”

Axelrod said Romney’s campaign for the Republican nomination had been a negative one, based on attacking his opponents rather than spelling out ideas.

“When he does, I think people are going to judge them for what they are, which is backward-looking and a repeat of what got us into this mess in the first place,” he added.

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6 Responses to "Axelrod predicts Republican ‘reign of terror’"

  1. Sandy Price  April 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    This commentary is absolutely right on and explains the fears that many Republicans have about the November election. Unless the voters are white straight Christian men, there is little to offer anyone else. Do we really want more wars in our future? Do we want our women at the mercy of the Vatican when it comes to our freedoms? Do women have to go through the loss of dignity when they visit their doctors? If this abortion issue is turned over to the Homeland Security team, will all of us have to be xrayed before and after we travel abroad to see if we snuck in a quick abortion?

    The war on abortions will make the war on drugs look like a video game.

    Is this what we really want? This is what President Bush 43 wanted and certainly what Gov. Romney wants.

  2. Evelyn Smith  April 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I don’t suppose that anyone in the media has looked up the actual use of the term “Reign of Terror” during the French Revolution. The radicals that took over the French governmrnt executed anyone who expressed dissatisfaction after their promises of “income equality” had not empowered the bourgeoise. Members of the Roman Catholic clergy were also particularly hard hit by this purge.

    If the Republicans in this allusion stand for royalty, and most particularly, Marie Antoinette’s ‘Let them eat cake” attitude. they are the victims of the Reign of Terror, not the instigators of it. Question: Did anyone in the White House pass the second senr=ester of the World History survey class?

  3. Sandy Price  April 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Evelyn, the term may not be used accurately but the message is sent that since the GOP has been taken over by the religious right they do tend to resemble the church at its worst. I made many references to the inquisition when I learned of the changes wanted by the Evangelical leaders within the Republican National Committee. To classify abortions as terrorist actions flagged my interest. I have been a Republican my entire life and to see the changes wanted by Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell to set the new agenda for all members of the GOP shocked me to the core.

    The history of the GOP never ever leaned into a government control over our social lives. In 1999 when Bush 43 promised federal grants to the churches, it immediately destroyed the separation of church and state and all hell broke loose in the GOP. There had been a plan to develop a One World Order Empire as far back as the end of WW2 and it meant a continuing state of war to pull it off. It was Karl Rove who added the religious base to this Empire-building plan and the GOP fell into place without question. Poor Romney had no such plans but fell into place quickly. He is still in the Missionary mode and will always work to bring more members into his church. The new agenda of the GOP fits into his plans like a leather glove. I know this man as we are cousins but I am no longer a member of his church.

    Oh my, what a mess has been made by Bush losing the tax exemption status for the churches. They are still trying to take full benefits of their 501′s but the IRS is waiting to nail them, before the Supreme Court takes action. I sometimes feel that Franklin and Jefferson must be spinning in their graves at the mess we find at this time.

  4. Jim B.  April 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Another movie favorite: “Awakenings — Part II”! Members of Congress are injected with massive doses of L-Dopa by the Surgeon General…Congressmen and Senators awaken from their catatonic states. They begin to move and to work on the country’s problems….Starring Wilford Brimley as the Surgeon General who follows up the injections with hot bowls of Quaker oatmeal.

  5. woody188  April 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Axelrod is afraid of Obama being further to the right than Romney. Sure, Romney sounds like a classic conservative, but his actions while in government have all been pure leftist neo-con/progressive. Romney’s favorite answers to problems are to raise taxes and restrict freedom. Sounds like a continuation of Bush/Obama to me!

  6. Sandy Price  April 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Woody. You may be right. None of us know how either man will react to a Syrian, North Korean, Palestinian, Iranian action. Bush/Cheney broke all the laws and regulations of how America goes to war. It is time this was cleared up but it has to be done by the Congress. Our Congress has literally destroyed the government. Which way do we go if anything or nothing happens?

    I tend to trust the Obama White House over anyone running across the aisle. The GOP has no focus with regard to the future of America. I remember demanding a firm agenda prior to the 2000 election when Bush claimed to be a born-again Christian. To me it was the shot heard around the world for a new American religion to be added to the U.S. Constitution.

    Hell yes, it would solve a lot of problems if we all worshipped the same God. That may have been the case in 1776 but it is not how we live in 2012. The basic Christian church groups are not working for Jesus Christ but a nation to be for Christians only. Right below the surface sits white supremacy groups jockeying for position with men who will never consider women as equals.

    Somewhere in the interpretation of Jesus’s words, the concept of individuality is missing. People of color must stay with others of the same color. People of Latino roots must be contained outside the limits of North America.

    When my kids were very young, we read Michener’s “Hawaii”….well, I wanted to read it that summer so I read it to my 7 year old and her 14 month old baby sister who sat there listening to every word. We had all the maps and pictures of the Islands and from where all the Hawaiians landed.

    The final part of the book is called “The Golden People” and told the story of the white people along with the other races and national navigators brought to the islands and we became truly the “golden” people. It seems to have stuck with both girls and my message of individual races is what made Hawaii a Paradise.

    Is this not what America is supposed to be at this time? Are we not still the greatest conglomeration of humans ever recorded?

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