Spoiled Children of Divorce

Exemplary Child of Divorce – David Axelrod
July 15, 2008, 11:15 pm
Filed under: Exemplary Children of Divorce, Mentally Ill parents, Suicide

To balance out the last blog entry about conservative political mastermind Karl Rove, I’ve found an example of a liberal political mastermind in the strategist advisor for Barack Obama. David Axelrod is also a Child of Divorce.

Here’s a quote that Axelrod made of Karl Rove:

This, Axelrod says, is what Karl Rove understood about George W. Bush. “One of the reasons Bush has succeeded in two elections,” Axelrod says, “is that in his own rough-hewn way he has conveyed a sense of this is who I am, warts and all.”

The descriptions of Axelrod don’t make sense to me right now. He is said to be very involved and personable with reporters. And he is described as hunched over and exhausted. He describes himself as idealistic. And he is described as “cut-throat”. “He can do it very delicately, to the point that you may not realize he is slicing your head off.” At any rate, nobody has described him as Bubbly.

Axelrod was born in Manhattan, New York to a journalist Mother and a psychologist Father. His parents divorced when he was 8 years old.

Axelrod’s Father killed himself at Age 19. Axelrod didn’t ackowledge this for another 30 years when he is said to have written an article about Depression.

Axelrod graduated from the University of Chicago with some difficulty. Seems he had to spend an extra Semester completing courses he had left incomplete. (described in NY Times article linked to above).

Axelrod has been married since 1979 and has three children.

Although on completely different sides of the political fence both men went through severe traumas concerning their Fathers at Age 19.  They have both become prominent for extreme intelligence and understanding of human nature. And they both work as Advisors in extremely successful political campaigns. Rove is described as extremely competitive and Axelrod is described as extremely aggressive at the political level.  You grow up watching a Divorce, you understand the basics of human nature at a very intense scale.

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