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In an interview with CNN’s John King last night, White House adviser David Axelrod reluctantly conceded several interesting points. This would be on the Jobsgate scandal involving Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak and Sestak’s claim the White House offered him a job to get out of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate race against Arlen Specter. One can only imagine what he was really thinking as he answered King, denying three separate times he had any conversations with Sestak. Got the message? It wasn’t David Axelrod! Let’s parse.
1. Axelrod is firm in saying he had nothing to do with this. “I didn’t have any conversations with Congressman Sestak and I didn’t have any conversations with anybody connected with Congressman Sestak.” PARSE: Hey, somebody did this, I know who they are, but it wasn’t me.
2. Axelrod admits the Sestak allegation is serious. “If such things happened they would constitute a serious breach of the law.” PARSE: Why do you think we’re stonewalling, buddy? That jackass Sestak nailed us and now we’re all twisting in the wind.
3. Axelrod emphasizes again: “I was not a party to those conversations.” PARSE: Of course we’re talking about this. Hey, somebody did this but it wasn’t me, OK? We’re trying to figure out how to protect Rah..…uh…Mr. X.
4. Axelrod says things are fine. “All I know…is, well, I’ve…I’ve been briefed as Robert (Gibbs) has that they looked into it and their conclusion was that it was perfect…these conversations were perfectly appropriate.” PARSE: If you think we’re not telling you the truth because the truth is perfectly appropriate you and your audience are dumber than I think.
5. Axelrod denies a third time that he knows anything. “We’re only talking in circles because I wasn’t a part of those conversations…” PARSE: God Almighty, King! Leave me alone! For the third time I had nothing to do with this. It wasn’t me!!!! It was Him! Him! Him! It was He Who Shall Not Be Named!
And last but not least, as King closes by asking:
KING: “Can you make available the people who had the conversations?”
The senior advisor to the President of the United States replies:
AXELROD: “I’m sure that all of this…will be…I…I don’t think…any questions will be left unanswered…” PARSE: They’ll be answered over His dead body! Or maybe mine. But if we do answer, we have to clear this with Holder, Sestak and Ra…uh.. Mr. X so we’re all on the same page. And we have to do it without e-mail, phone calls or meetings logged on our schedules to avoid leaving a trail for Issa. Somebody around here is toast. And He knows who he is. Hey…who sent this dead fish to me?
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