Axelrod: Palin Reflects ‘Why We Can’t Abandon Education’

CHICAGO (CBS) — Top Obama adviser David Axelrod on Tuesday said Republican superstar Sarah Palin is “a good reflection of why we can’t abandon education.”

Axelrod was weighing in on Palin’s recent gaffe on Paul Revere, in which she claimed Revere had set off in part to warn the British “that they weren’t going to be takin’ away our arms.”

“I think it’s a good reflection of why we can’t abandon education,” Axelrod said. “We need good education so everybody knows their history lessons.”

Palin made the remarks after a visit to the historic Old North Church in Boston last week. She was quickly accused of misquoting history, but on Sunday, she insisted she was right.

“I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere,” she told Chris Wallace on Fox News Channel Sunday morning. “Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. That, hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have,” she added. “He did warn the British.”

The Paul Revere House’s Web site says that on April 18, 1775, Dr. Joseph Warren instructed Revere to ride to Lexington, Mass., to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them. In an undated letter posted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, Revere wrote of the need to keep his activities secret and his suspicion that a member of his tight circle of planners had become a British informant.

According to the letter, written around 1798, Revere did give up some details of the plan to the British that night, but after he had notified other colonists, and under questioning by British soldiers.
Surrounded, Revere revealed “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up,” he wrote.

Palin has yet to declare whether she will run for in the Republican primary for president next year.

Axelrod Calls Pawlenty’s Chicago Speech ‘Good Stagecraft’
Axelrod also weighed on the Chicago speech by a confirmed Republican gubernatorial hopeful, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Debra Dale reports, Axelrod said Pawlenty’s choice to deliver his speech in President Barack Obama’s hometown is simply politics.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Debra Dale reports

“It’s good stagecraft to come here,” Axelrod said. “But the stagecraft isn’t important. It’s the content of what he has to say.”

Speaking at the University of Chicago’s Harris School for Public Policy, Pawlenty accused Obama of being satisfied with as second-rate American economy “produced by his third-rate policies.”

Pawlenty’s plan would cut taxes on business by more than half and simplify the tax code to just three tiers.

Pawlenty also is proposing what he is calling “The Google Test.” He says Americans can find a service on the Internet from a private company, then the government probably shouldn’t be providing it too.

He accused Obama of discouraging innovation, and said regulations have weighed down an economic recovery.

But Axelrod questioned Pawlenty’s own financial management skills, given the state of the economy in Minnesota when he left office.

“He left his own state with a $5 billion deficit, and now he’s counseling the rest of the country on how to handle finances,” Axelrod said. “I think he would have been well-served to take care of the finances of his own state.”

He said Pawlenty is proposing what would amount to massive tax cuts for the wealthy and huge new deficits.

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  • southside

    Axelrod is a classic case on the need for more education. He convinced 53% of America to swallow the Obama lie and vote for him. Axelrod showed how, if you can repeat the same lies over and over again, you can fool a majority of the people.

    • BOZO

      The article is about Sarah palin. Seems you need educating also.

    • Vince

      You Are So Right,George Bush Proved That For EIGHT LONG YEARS.

  • Smarty Pants

    Does anyone really take Sarah Palin seriously? Is anyone surprised that she doesn’t know the details of a third-grade history lesson? Remember that she explained her foreign affairs expertise as being able to see Russia from her front porch (ok, that’s the comediens’ version, but Sarah did say she understood foreign affairs because Russia is near Alaska. She did. Really.) Palin won’t run for office because then she’ll have to back up this stupid, crazy stuff she says. RIght now, this stupid stuff she says is raking in the money for her. She should make hay while the sun shines and grab all she can while she can. This kind of stuff is funny, but for only so long.

  • Larry

    Axelrod is an example of why we shouldn’t abandon birth control. What a slimy individual he is.

    • Zastava

      two thumbs up.

    • John Borland

      Nice, Larry. I suppose the same could be said for you…

      • Harry Callahan

        Hey John are you just a joo joo bean lover,I bet you get your obama doll wet every night,I bet;ch ya.

    • Mr. Justice

      I agree with you Larry. If that punk Axelrod spoke like that about my wife, I would be calling him out. One does not speak like that about a woman. Not even Hillary Clinton.

  • Jim

    Quinn is “a good reflection of why we can’t abandon education.” For the record, I do agree that Palin is not too bright (and I’m being really nice).

    • Truth B Told

      That may be true Jim, but she is hot. i have met her in person. She is really hot.

  • reginald

    Axlerod is a Con Artist. He Will Be Passing Out The Obama-aid to drink.. Not This Time. You Got us Once. Not Again Bud! Real Change Will Be here in 2012. Not With Spare Change. Bush Created A Disaster, You guys Created A CATASTROPHE!!!!

    • Zastava

      Could not agree more.

  • Mike Puffer

    All of these left wing losers are pretty smug for the condition that the economy is in. They just keep bashing away with name calling and snide remarks but they offer no relief from unemployment, high gas prices, creeping inflation, the threat of the dollar being devalued or any of the other myriad problems that these dreamers haven’t got a handle on. They better hope that the electorate is as stupid as their elitist leaders think it is. Since they are too busy talking bad about good people they never listen to any people. Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and our faux president are truly the evil triumvirate. If you added up all the sixes on their collective skulls the result would be 54.

  • Rick

    I guess Axlerod forgot that Obama said that he visited all 57 states.

  • Sarah

    Isn’t that nice talk by the joo joo bean Asselrod,really his words says alot,he could be used to fill all the potholes that are still around from a state runned by Democrats,Hey Asselrod go back to DC and f**k that up more with the muslim.

  • Vicky

    David Axelrod is a shining reflection of the lack of grace and manners in America.

    • Mr. Justice

      @ Vicky, I could not have said that any more graceful. Great comment.

  • Bubba Decatur

    Wasn’t it Prez who signed Westminster Abbey Guestbook with the wrong date? And, for a guy that went to Columbia and Harvard Law, his grammar was not up-to-snuff. “IT IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO COMMEMORATE OUR COMMON HERITAGE, AND COMMON SACRIFICE.” Huh? Or, is he just a Hockey Mom from Wasilla, Alaska? Hey……I can see 2012 from my front porch!


    Scholars say Palin was correct. But the university progressives say it was a lucky mistake. I believe it was intentional to prove the drive-by media wrong – AGAIN.
    As for Alaska -stupid progressives are brainwashed – as ALWAYS.

  • ralph

    Oh Oh! Obama’s attack dogs are on the loose already! We’re not even done making fun of Weiner’s wiener. Did Sarah just make a “lucky” “mistake” or did she say exactly what she wanted to out FOX the foolish libs?

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