So, Axelrod's trying his best to convince people that the fact that independent voters in two states won by Obama broke heavily for the Republican gubernatorial candidates is much less important than a three-point win in a district where conservatives made it clear that they'd rather lose than not be listened to by GOP party leadership. His best is actually not all that great, given that he's suggesting (of all things) that candidates next year embrace the President - just like Bill Owens did! Yes, and just like Jon Corzine did, and just like Creigh Deeds did; so this was sufficiently eyebrow-raising that the Politico was nigh-forced to editorialize:
The cheerful public line from the White House carried an echo of Obama’s immediate predecessor, George W. Bush, another president whose political operation reported sunny skies no matter the weather.
It's bad when they compare you to Bush. Although it's also unfair: the previous administration did things. This one just whines about how hard it is to do them.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.