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Tanya Harding? How about the “Rove Option”? (One More Time)

Good morning all! I found this on Yahoo news, originally from Huffpost. Earl Offari Hutchinson, author of The Ethnic Presidency: How Race Decides the Race to the White House says Karl Rove long ago signaled that he believes Barack Obama is the weakest Democratic candidate.

In an open memo which got almost no media play and zilch public attention last December, Rove spit out six things Obama should do to zap Clinton.

Obama has followed the script to the letter. He’s unleashed an all-out no holds barred attack on Clinton’s personality, record, and demeanor, and even tossed in some blatant racial digs at her and hubby Bill for supposedly demeaning Dr. King, Jesse Jackson, and of course himself. He’s made bold, brash, and loud pitches and promises to do everything from end the war to clean up the economy. This fulfills Rove’s admonition to him to stop sounding wishy-washy on the big ticket issues and create an aura and persona of confidence, expertise, and even invincibility about himself.

And the big blogger boyz bought right into Rove’s strategy, didn’t they? Rove must be a happy camper these days, seeing Hillary attacked right and left and the likes of Markos and Josh screeching at her to give up. Rove and other Republican strategists want nothing more than the chance to tear Obama apart in the general election campaign. As Hutchinson points out, Rove was already well aware of Rev. Wright and his controversial sermons as well as the simmering Rezko stew when he wrote this memo. Not only that, he was celebrating the possibilities for attacking Obama’s thin resume.

Rove viewed him as untested, inexperienced, way at the front on the learning curve on foreign policy matters, and with a checkered history. That included the hints, innuendos, and whispers about relations with his one time bankroller, the indicted Chicago financier Tony Rezko to his association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

And of course the race issue is one the Republicans have decades of experience in exploiting. Why do the Democrats always fall for the Republican tricks? Will enough superdelegates will wake up and smell the coffee before it’s too late? I’m betting yes, but I’m an eternal optimist. Please go read the whole thing. I’m tempted to go out and buy Hutchinson’s book. He’s got it just right.

Here is a little taste of Rove’s open memo to Barack:

First, stop acting like a vitamin-deficient Adlai Stevenson. Striking a pose of being high-minded and too pure will not work. Americans want to see you scrapping and fighting for the job, not in a mean or ugly way but in a forceful and straightforward way.

Hillary may come over as calculating and shifty but she looks in control. You, on the other hand, often come over as weak and ineffectual. In some debates, you do not even look at her when disagreeing with her, making it look as if you are afraid of her. She offers you openings time and again but you do not take advantage of them. Sharpen your attacks and make them more precise.

And item three on the six point program:

…when you create controversies do not pick issues where you are playing the weaker hand. For example, you attacked her for lacking foreign policy experience. It is true she was first lady, not secretary of state, and nobody will ever mistake her for James Baker III. But your qualifications are even thinner; you were a state senator and lived in Indonesia when you were six. Big deal. Americans think she has more foreign policy experience than you – and she does.

I ask you, which candidate does it sound like Bush’s “architect” thinks is stronger and which one does he think is weaker?

11 Responses

  1. I read this months back, when people were all wondering what rove was up to. This is absolutely the truth, but all of the media have been bought, which is why so many more people are reading Brit newspapers.
    snookered again??? by the same voice, brother, the same voice.

  2. My hero of the day!

    This is how a Clinton should behave on those gotcha interviews by these “neutral” journalists. Here Jamie Rubin laying the smackdown on Andrea Mitchell.

    Watch and learn!

  3. …these days, with the delegate math in the Democratic presidential race tilted heavily in Barack Obama’s favor, Clinton has drifted out of the GOP cross hairs. Republicans are digging deep into Obama’s past now, ready to chip away at any warm feelings about him voters may still retain after a bruising primary. But a Clinton nomination, while a long shot, is still a possibility, and it wouldn’t necessarily disappoint the people the woman herself dubbed, 10 years ago, the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” The script for a John McCain-Hillary Clinton race is already written. The Republicans have been reading from it for more than a decade. All it would require for the 2008 contest is a little updating. Hint: They may never have to utter the word “Whitewater.”
    Republicans look at Obama and see someone who would be open to attacks because voters don’t know him well enough.

    Won’t they be disappointed when Hillary’s nomination coincides with voter fatigue and no one pays any attention to the invented stuff?

  4. MABlue,

    Wow! That was a fantastic performance by Jamie Rubin. Hillary needs to get him out there more often. Thank you so much for posting that video. I never would have seen it, since I have completely stopped watching MSNBO.

  5. Wright strikes again (courtesy of a commenter from Talk Left). This time he insults Italians:


    ‘Obama’s Pastor Slurs Italians in Latest Magazine
    By Penny Starr

    Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago where Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has been a member for two decades, slurred Italians in a piece published in the most recent issue of Trumpet Newsmagazine.

    “(Jesus’) enemies had their opinion about Him,” Wright wrote in a eulogy of the late scholar Asa Hilliard in the November/December 2007 issue. “The Italians for the most part looked down their garlic noses at the Galileans.”

    Wright continued, “From the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth (in a barn in a township that was under the Apartheid Roman government that said his daddy had to be in), up to and including the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ death on a cross, a Roman cross, public lynching Italian style. …

    “He refused to be defined by others and Dr. Asa Hilliard also refused to be defined by others. The government runs everything from the White House to the schoolhouse, from the Capitol to the Klan, white supremacy is clearly in charge, but Asa, like Jesus, refused to be defined by an oppressive government because Asa got his identity from an Omnipotent God.”‘

  6. If it weren’t so damned important I would be openly rooting for Obama to win the nomination. That way all the chickens could come home to roost for all those backstabbing DNC elites who have screwed the party over. I think there is truely something seriously wrong with Kennedy, Kerry, Daschle, Dean, Pelosi, Brazille and the rest. I am beginning to think the democratic party elite have no interest in governing. All they seem to want to do is play the victim. Why, why, oh why do those big bad evil republicans beat us up, take our lunch money and win all the elections? I drives me bonkers that Hillary is probably the only dem who will stand up for the agenda and the principles of the party. And yet, they want to bounce her. Try figuring that one out. I can’t.

  7. Gregoryp,

    I’ve wondered the same thing. I’m really fed up with Kerry. I’ve always admired Ted Kennedy, but I really have a problem with the way he has flip flopped about Hillary’s work on SChip. I can’t imagine why these guys want Obama except as someone they can easily influence. He doesn’t even support the basic Democratic agenda as far as I can see. I don’t trust him on social security, the Supreme Court, women’s rights, gay rights, separation of church and state. And I don’t want another neophyte dealing with foreign policy.

    I’m still hoping Hillary will win the nomination. She’s always at her best with her back against the wall. I think she can do it.

  8. The divisive race-baiting (from Obama’s camp) is fulfiling Karl Rove’s wet dreams of drving a wedge between Blacks and the Dem Party.

    Badly done, Barack. Very badly done, indeed.

  9. Strange choice of words–to call Romans “Italians.” Very strange. A stretch and not making sense without a hidden meaning.

  10. I discovered something today. Obama supporters’ heads explode when you show that they are lip-synching to Karl Rove.

    Take their quote, the matching words from Turdblossom, add the link, and “BOOM”

  11. You know, as someone just finishing up a PhD on the Roman military, I gotta say, Wright’s stuff sends me over the wall.

    Not just because it’s racist, misognist and more (yea, I know, that’s enough), but because it’s historically WRONG.

    Apartheid? Romans? Romans as Italians? Jesus as black, not Jewish? What the hell? Did this man never learn anything? Well, I guess that’s self evident, I answered my own question.

    Romans did not practice a system of apartheid. Slavery worked in vastly different ways under them than it did under the American South. Romans seemed to have had little or no prejudice against skin color. One of their emperors, Septimius Severus was north African, for instance. There is no real mention of skin color and prejudice against it in the writings of classical authors.

    Yea, yea, Wright can insult me and I won’t like it and get angry and protest. But he insults my Romans and there is hell to pay!

    How the heck can I vote for Obama when he takes counsel from this man? He tacitly supports the misogny, the racism, the historical untruths by sticking by him for the last 20 years. Obama doesn’t give a crap about truth, and that makes him unfit to be president.

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