David Axelrod and Eric Fehrnstrom, Twitter frenemies

at 01:09 PM ET, 04/18/2012

A few months ago, when the story of Mitt Romney’s dog Seamus’ ride on top of a car was once again in the news, a top strategist for President Obama took a subtle jab.

David Axelrod, the president’s closest political adviser, took to Twitter to declare that “loving owners” take their dogs inside the car, tweeting a photo of Obama carrying his dog Bo in the presidential limo.

Last night, after a conservative blogger pointed out President Obama had confessed to eating dog in Indonesia, Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom tweeted:

Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt came to Axelrod’s defense:

In truth, LaBolt probably could have let Axelrod handle it. This was far from the first time Axelrod and Fehrnstrom have tangled on Twitter.

Obviously, both strategists are defending their bosses at every opportunity, and social media is an easy outlet — and one that they know has a very high number of reporters spectating it. But beyond that, both men seem to love sparring over social media, often on subjects their official campaigns wouldn’t touch or in language they wouldn’t use.

And given how often they tweet @ each other — see what we did there? — it’s hard not to imagine they both enjoy each other’s virtual company (at least a little).

Here’s a brief history:

* On Bill Maher

Just a few days ago, Fehrnstrom took a shot at Axelrod for not repudiating comedian Maher, an Obama supporter, for defending Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist, who said Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life.”

Axelrod responded with a flurry of tweets higlighting offensive remarks made by Republicans and concluding:

* On Mad Men

After Axelrod said on CBS’ that Romney was living in a “time warp” and “watches ‘Mad Men’ instead of the evening news,” Fehrnstrom responded:

And Axelrod responded by reminding Fehrnstrom of his “Etch-a-sketch” gaffe:

* Unemployment

In January, Axelrod and Fehrnstrom argued over whether, as Romney himself claimed, more Americans lost their jobs under Obama “than any president in modern history.”

Axelrod started by linking to a chart showing the job situation getting worse under President Bush and slowly improving under Obama.

Fehrnstrom responded:

Nearly a dozen posts later, Axelrod reminded Fehrnstrom that there was a Republican primary debate that night:

And the Romney adviser shot back:

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