“At that moment I realized why they had to change the joke,” Axelrod recalled.
“Nobody is bashing business,” Axelrod insisted, to boos from the audience.
As for Ryan, Axelrod personally figured former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty would be the choice, possibly Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.
Axelrod Ax·el·rod (āk'səl-rŏd'), Julius. Born 1912.
American biochemist and pharmacologist. He shared a 1970 Nobel Prize for studies of the ways in which different substances affect neural impulses.