Axelrod was on State Of The Union yesterday, where host Candy Crowley asked him about the negative reaction to the deal and to the President's scolding of progressives who opposed it. Axelrod said: "I don't think you could ever say you're selling anyone down the river when you're talking about tax cuts that are going to make significant difference."
Crowley asked if he thought the deal could have been handled better, and Axelrod replied: "We handled it as best as we could given the time frame that we had. I'm not looking for style points here, I'm looking for progress for the American people."
Here's the video -- the talk about liberals comes at about the 5:30 mark: