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Tanya Harding? How about “the Rove Option?”

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? 

16 Responses

  1. It would help if there were a link to the original memo–otherwise this is pure hearsay. Nice to want to believe, but hearsay nonetheless.

  2. Thanks. I linked to Rove’s memo at FT. Here is what Rove wrote about Hillary in Newsweek.

    …she is tough, persistent and forgets nothing. Those are some of the reasons she is so formidable as a contender, and why Republicans who think she would be easy to beat are wrong.

  3. Haha. It turns out Rove has written quite a few articles telling either Obama or the prospective Republican candidate how to beat Hillary. I think I found the one Hutchinson was referring to though. After googling, I have the impression that Rove is every bit as obsessed with crushing Hillary as the big blogger boyz. Once he gets the strongest candidate out of the way, he’ll swat Obama like a fly.

  4. Anyone who thinks Rove is not working the campaign is a fool. He wants Obama because he has a bag full of tricks ready and aiming for Obama.

  5. I knew I could smell the stench of right-wing meme coming from the Obamaniacs. I didn’t realize it came straight from Turdblossom’s sphincter.

  6. myiq2xu,

    I think Rove is probably Axelrod’s idol, don’t you?

  7. myiq2xu: Well the fact that most of the blooger boys were Republicans while Bill Clinton was running for office is part of why you smelled that stench.

  8. You are a complete idiot who has no understanding of political strategy. What a stupid stupid stupid stupid post from an even stupider person.

  9. libarbarian–

    Oh really? What a fascinating comment. I notice you are a commenter at “right-wing nuthouse.” Don’t they keep you busy enough over there?

  10. A stupid comment for a stupid column written by a stupid whiner.

  11. Read my “rightwingnuthouse” comments. I treat Rick Moran like I treat you. Anyways, have fun with your pity party.

  12. You should probably post your comments on Huffpost for the “stupid” writer of the article. His name is Earl Hutchinson. I’m sure he’ll want to hear from you.

  13. The Rove Republicans have wanted Anybody but Hillary for a long time. Obama is their prefferred choice as being the easiest candidate to beat. Too bad the media played into it and now we have a whole lot of mis-informed voters trying their hardest to play into the Republican dream by voting for an unqualified, unelectable, fatally flawed Obama.
    Anybody who has watched Rove work in the past can deduce that he knew about Wright, Farrakhan, Black Panthers, Weather Undergound, Rezko and who knows how many other Obama skeletons.
    At least Rove did his homework, unlike the media and, unfortunately, many voters.

  14. Yes, I’ve seen the invisible hand of Karl Rove all through this election. People really underestimate him. They think his total schtick is getting people to run Swiftboat attack ads. He is far more sinister, working behind the scenes to inflitrate his opposition. I’ve always suspected that many of the most hateful Obamabots online were really wingnuts. I’ve also suspected that the Big Blog Boyz have been infiltrated by these people to the extent that the blog owners have come to back their positions. How else to explain them backing someone who is the antithesis of the kind of progressivism thay have been writing about for years? This is the kind of thing Karl Rove would do with gusto.

  15. CD: Yep, but I was called a paranoid freak by Kos and others when I brought it up last fall. They’ve got major infiltration problems there. In fact, they’ve pretty much become the new Little Green Footballs seeing as most of the former Republican Hillary haters seem to be posting there. Rove has been diligently working away on us. I’ve always believed that the way the GOP would get us is by dividing us from within. But I was powerless to stop it when I saw it happening.
    OTOH, Obama’s campaign has engaged in divisive negative politics all of its own volition. Clinton has been a pussycat in comparison. She’s made wayyyy too many concessions to the rantings of the media and the Obamaphiles. I don’t know what’s going to happen but the time to decide is now before there is a nomination.

  16. OTOH, Obama’s campaign has engaged in divisive negative politics all of its own volition. Clinton has been a pussycat in comparison. She’s made wayyyy too many concessions to the rantings of the media and the Obamaphiles

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !

    Thanks. I haven’t laughed that hard in a LONG time.

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