David Axelrod, a former advisor to President Obama, stands by his earlier critique of President Biden’s approach to the upcoming elections despite reports of Biden expressing personal displeasure towards him. In a conversation with columnist Maureen Dowd, Axelrod dismissed concerns about being labeled difficult and emphasized the validity of current polls indicating challenges for Biden.
Axelrod suggested that the President’s belief in defying the typical constraints of political age might be overly optimistic. He drew parallels between Biden’s current situation and Hillary Clinton’s past campaign, cautioning against reliance on opposition flaws as a path to victory.
In early November, political columnist Jonathan Martin reported that Biden had privately referred to Axelrod using a derogatory term, hinting at a possible denial within the administration about the stark political realities ahead.
Dowd underscored the need for Biden to step away from trivial disagreements and consult with leading Democratic strategists openly and honestly. Axelrod’s outspoken stance prompted him to challenge the President to either fully commit to the campaign or consider stepping aside, in light of disconcerting poll figures.
On CNN, Axelrod acknowledged the discomfort his comments may have caused the President but also noted a wave of support from others who felt his outspokenness was necessary. Despite Biden’s reported reaction, Axelrod resolved to accept any personal discontent from the President, affirming his commitment to frank political discourse.