David Axelrod shared an anecdote this morning from an “old Chicago pol” to help explain presidential politics and polling. Presidential candidates are like monkeys, you see:

Many immediately thought the “monkey” was Ben Carson:


But Axelrod was actually calling Marco Rubio a monkey, not Carson:

This will now be called David Axelrod’s “monkey butt” test, and it’s Rubio’s turn:

With the above in mind, now check out this just released email between Hillary Clinton and Sidney Blumenthal, specifically the subject line. It’s more Axelrod “monkey butt” imagery, but this time directed at Newt Gingrich:

You see, Axelrod isn’t racist. He compares all presidential candidates to monkeys. Probably even Hillary Clinton at one point…