If Obama is truly the leader, why does he never speak without reading off a teleprompter? Who writes the words that Obama emits and vocalizes? Who approves the words that Obama uses when it comes to his signature issue, the Porkulus bill. He didn't write it. He didn't even read it. It was written in the office of Nancy Pelosi. Very few people to this moment have read that bill, the stimulus bill. Does that make Nancy Pelosi the leader of the Democrat Party? Well, you could make a case for that. When Obama and Hillary were neck and neck in the primaries, Pelosi did wave her mallet, she signaled the superdelegates to vote for Obama. It was clear that Pelosi wanted no part of Hillary in Washington in any kind of executive or legislative branch role. Secretary of state is okay, she's out of the country making gaffes, that's just fine with Nancy Pelosi. But I don't think it's that easy.
Who is the leader of the Democrats? It's not MoveOn.org. It's not this bunch running never ending ads featuring me. I think I know who it is after reading the New York Times recently: David Axelrod with a little Rahm Emanuel thrown in. Karl Rove was nothing compared to Axelrod, 'cause this guy, Axelrod, really is Obama's brain, looming in the background, which is the best place to look in this administration, is the background to find out what the hell's going on. The real leader of the Democrat Party could well be George Soros, but the guy that is putting the words in Obama's mouth, Obama doesn't speak without a prompter anymore, is David Axelrod, and there's a story in the New York Times this morning: "President's Political Protector Is Ever Close at Hand." David Axelrod is identified as the political protector. Few words come across Obama's lips that Axelrod doesn't bless, is a quote from this story.
"Axelrod has a strong belief in polling and focus groups." It goes on to give many details, such as: "There are few words that come across the presidentís lips that have not been blessed by Mr. Axelrod. He reviews every speech, studies every major policy position and works with Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, to prepare responses to the crisis of the day." There are other examples, and then there's this little reference in the story: "He also helps decide which fights to pick and which ones to avoid, making him a leading voice in setting the political tone in Washington. The recent back-and-forth with Rush Limbaugh, for example, was explicitly authorized by Mr. Axelrod, who told aides that it was not a moment to sit quietly after Mr. Limbaugh said he hoped that Mr. Obama would 'fail.'" Well, now, the New York Times and the people at Politico got a little battle here, because the people at Politico said that it was Rahm Emanuel working with Carville and Begala and Stephanopoulos that hatched this plan last fall. Now the New York Times gives the credit to Axelrod.