Meet Obama's Karl Rove

Axelrod is the brain behind the senator's campaign
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2008 1:06 PM CST
Meet Obama's Karl Rove
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shares a laugh with his staff and Senior Campaign Advisor David Axelrod, left, during a flight between Chicago and East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Feb. 4, 2008.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)   (Associated Press)

Even as Hillary Clinton shakes up her campaign staff, Barack Obama’s top adviser enjoys the standing of a man who, one political observer says, “ain’t going to be fired.” David Axelrod is Obama’s version of Karl Rove, the LA Times reports in a profile of one of the country’s top political minds.

Asked what he does all day, Axelrod replied, “Shmooze." Behind all Obama’s best lines, behind his inspirational message, there’s Axelrod. He has worked for most of the 2008 Democratic candidates, but he and Obama go way back. They were friends even before Axelrod ran his Senate campaign, which to hear Axelrod tell it was a “great adventure.” (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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