In a column published in The New York Times, Maureen Dowd defended Axelrod and criticized Biden for engaging in "petty feuds."
Axelrod, who has previously defended Biden, expressed his indifference to being called a derogatory term, stating, "I don't care about them thinking I'm a prick — that's fine." He also emphasized the accuracy of the polls, saying, "I hope they don't think the polls are wrong, because they're not."
Drawing a comparison to Hillary Clinton, Axelrod expressed concern that Biden believes he can defy nature. "I think he has a 50-50 shot here, but no better than that, maybe a little worse," Axelrod said. "He thinks he can cheat nature here and it's really risky. They've got a real problem if they're counting on Trump to win it for them. I remember Hillary doing that, too."
In early November, Politico columnist Jonathan Martin reported that Biden had privately referred to Axelrod as a derogatory term. Dowd interpreted the president's outburst as a sign of denial and criticized those around him for sugarcoating the political forecast.
Dowd argued that Biden should not harbor a grudge and should instead seek advice from the brightest minds in his party. She highlighted the support Axelrod received from others who agreed with his assessment of the latest polling.
Axelrod appeared on CNN to respond to Martin's reporting, acknowledging that Biden was irritated by his concerns but emphasizing the need for a change in the campaign's approach. "Either get out or get going," Axelrod said, suggesting that the status quo would not lead Biden to success.
While Axelrod acknowledged that the president may be unhappy with him, he revealed that many others were glad someone had spoken up about Biden. "I'll live with the fact that the president's unhappy with me," he concluded.