I'm not going to get into the question of whether Rush Limbaugh's statement that Obama hates America is right or wrong -- because it is not relevant to the rest of this post. Instead, i want to focus on the reaction of David Axelrod to the comment.
Wonder if Mitt will go on all five networks to denounce this depravity?politi.co/NwSGFB— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) July 16, 2012
Now a few days ago, deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter had this to say about Mitt Romney.
“Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony. Or he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments.”
As FactCheck.org and many others have since noted, that is an out-and-out falsehood.
''No, we will not apologize."
Indeed, Cutter herself has refused to apologize and stated that Romney's complaint about being falsely labeled a felon constitutes "whining".
But now Axelrod wants Mitt Romney to apologize because of what Rush Limbaugh -- who is not a part of the Romney campaign -- had to say about the president?
“I think it can now be said, without equivocation — without equivocation — that this man hates this country,” the conservative radio host said. “He is trying, Barack Obama is trying, to dismantle, brick-by-brick, the American dream. There’s no other way to put this. There’s no other way to explain this.”
You know what? From my point of view, that is a whole lot milder statement than an accusation that someone is a criminal. And since Limbaugh is a private citizen speaking his own opinion, it would be beyond the pale for Romney to denounce the man for speaking his opinion about the President of the United States. After all, Romney has no control over what Limbaugh says on his show -- while Obama does have control over what his own campaign staff says about Romney, over whether thee will be an apology over a slanderous accusation of criminal conduct, and over the words that come out of his own mouth. Given all that, for Axelrod to seek some sort of contrition from Romney therefore busts the hypocrisy meter.