CNN Adds Former Obama Strategist David Axelrod

2016 elections staffing continues.

CNN continues to add to its haul this week, this time with the hire of David Axelrod as senior political commentator. Axelrod, a former senior advisor to President Obama and the senior campaign strategist/mastermind behind Obama’s presidential bids, comes to CNN from MSNBC, where he was a senior political analyst.

Axelrod’s first scheduled appearance will be tomorrow on The Lead with Jake Tapper.

CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist called Axelrod an “all-around respected, well-connected commentator on the American political scene” in a statement.

Back in 2014, during a moment when Axelrod thought he was done with campaigns for good, he added one more to his resume, serving as an advisor to Ed Miliband and the Labour Party for the United Kingdom’s 2015 parliamentary elections. This is what Axelrod had to say about the difference between the British and American political press and election cycle, in an interview with Politico’s Michael Goldfarb.

Ads help define campaigns in America and they’re absent here — which may be better for the commonweal but it’s one less really powerful tool in the tool box.

Second difference is length of campaign, which is quite short. So you have a short time to communicate your message.

As a result there is a disproportionate power in the media and a much more aggressive media that you have to navigate.