David Axelrod’s long-anticipated departure from the White House is happening a little earlier than expected – right after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech in late January or early February – so the  senior adviser can “recharge his batteries,” according to a senior administration official.

David Plouffe — Obama’s 2008 campaign manager and most skilled organization builder - will be joining the West Wing staff in early January, also a bit earlier than predicted, to help a reeling White House cope with the biggest midterm rebuke any president has suffered in decades.

Axelrod’s mildly accelerated departure, first reported by CNN Monday night, immediately stoked speculation among some congressional Democrats that the White House is planning a more sweeping overhaul of the West Wing than was expected.

"Have you ever heard of hippie punching?" That prompted a long silence from Axelrod.

"You want us to help you, the first thing I would suggest is enough of the hippie punching," Madrak [of Crooksandliars] added. "We’re [the liberal blogosphere] the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day."

Top Obama adviser David Axelrod got an earful of the liberal blogosphere’s anger at the White House moments ago, when a blogger on a conference call directly called out Axelrod over White House criticism of the left, accusing Axelrod of “hippie punching.”

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If the Republican Party wants to go out and say to that child who now has insurance or say to that small business that will get tax credits this year if he signs the bill to help their employees get health care. If they want to say to them, “You know what? We’re actually gonna take that away from you. We don’t think that’s such a good idea.” I say, let’s have that fight. Make my day. I’m ready to have that. And every member of Congress ought to be willing to have that debate as well.
David Axelrod asked about the political cost health reform may bring for upcoming elections. via gawker via MTP
…But I believe we will have a strong case to make about the leadership the President’s provided in a difficult time, and vision for rebuilding America’s strength for the future. And to the extent the Republican Party is seen as sitting on the sidelines, rooting for failure, I don’t think they will be rewarded.
David Axelrod told The Hill on Wednesday that the Republican Party will not be rewarded in the mid-term elections this year if it is “rooting for failure.”