On CNN Thursday, Obama senior advisor David Axelrod showed the good graces to condemn the vulgar language of Bill Maher — though as you will note in the video he did give Maher more of a pass than Rush Limbaugh.
It was a distinction without a difference based on political bias, of course, but at least he didn't try to seriously claim that Maher can be excused for his language.
What I think should be noted, however, is in this video Axelrod never answers the question as to whether his condemnation of Maher's language extends to the return of Maher's $1 million given to re-elect President Barack Obama. He simply doesn't answer the primary question the interviewer asks.
Not the first time that kind of unresponsiveness has happened, of course. But it once again points to the bankruptcy of Democrats as they try to use Limbaugh's language to conjure up a cogent and serious political point in the presidential election. There simply isn't one that is intellectually honest and I give Axelrod some credit for going at least a little past the arguments of others to condemn Maher for his words.
For an example of a lesser Democrat, consider Nevada's Shelley Berkley. In her attempt to win a U.S. Senate seat she has taken the issue to a far more dangerous level. She wants to get Rush fired from his job for his language. Yet, all she can say about Maher is that his words were "not funny."
Not funny? That's all she has to say about a guy in her political circle who calls women he doesn't politically like" a "c**t" and a "tw*t"? If someone who didn't like Berkley's politics called her such names, do you think she'd just pass it off as no big deal? Nothing to see here? All it was was just "not funny?"
I don't think so. And that's why I think what Berkley is doing now in her race for the Senate is indicative of a candidate who has gone beyond politically wrong to a candidate who would be dangerous in a role in which she is charged with protecting the rights of Nevadans.
I will explain in my Sunday column. You can, of course, agree or disagree. Either way, I'll look forward to having you join us in what has become the undisputed most talked about newspaper column in Nevada.