Bill Maher’s profane characterizations of women including Sarah Palin are “not excusable in any way,” President Obama’s chief election strategist David Axelrod says a day after word spread that he backed out of of an appearance on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. But he adds in an interview running tonight on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront that Rush Limbaugh’s blasts at Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke were worse: “He’s the de facto boss of the (Republican) party.” Although Limbaugh apologized for calling Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute,” Axelrod says the attacks were part of “a perverse soliloquy.” Here’s the clip: