Free Context or Context-Free?

Whatever — it’s David Axelrod, after all, speaking to CNN’s John King about which early races he’ll be watching on election night to get a feel for how the Democrats will do overall. And which were the first two he mentioned? The gubernatorial races in deep-blue Massachusetts and recently-bluish Ohio.


That’s right: Governors races.

King then when on to try to talk about at least one Senate fight, Joe Sestak in PA. Here’s Axelrod’s response:

No. I — as I said, I think you’re going to see an — an election where, you know, people win who perhaps you didn’t expect to win, people lose who — who, perhaps, you didn’t expect to lose on — on both sides.

So I — I mean what I would suggest to you is you — you stay up for the full night and — and total it up at the end. You know, we — if, for example, Jerry Brown can withstand, you know, what will probably end up being $200 million of spending by his opponent and get elected governor of California, that will be a big victory in the nation’s largest state.

The only name Axelrod could bring himself to drop was Brown‘s? He then went on to talk about Alex Sink — and the gubernatorial race in Florida. Then the topic turned to the GOTV effort with black voters and other stuff.

But it’s quite clear that Axelrod would rather not talk about the Senate, and he would rather lose a tooth than talk about the House.



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