Karl Rove, the most overrated political guru of our time, is direly warning Republicans that Barack Obama will resort to mudslinging in the coming presidential campaign.
Is this guy serious?
Is he talking about the same Barack Obama whose political base is often impatient with his reluctance to fight back against the calumny aimed at him by Republicans?
Is he talking about the same Barack Obama who’s better known for playing patty-cake with his political rivals than for counterpunching?
Or could it be that Rove actually fears that Obama will finally decide, with justification, that it’s payback time for all the garbage that’s been thrown at him? After all, Republican right-wingers have questioned Obama’s patriotism, his parentage and his American roots. They have slurred his family, lied about his religion, and resorted to almost every kind of disgusting disparagement imaginable.
Perhaps Rove has belatedly come to the recognition that Obamaphobia is much worse than what folks on his side used to call Bush Derangement Syndrome. Perhaps he’s afraid that such provocation is irresistible and will spawn a counter-volley in the coming campaign.
On the other hand, I might be completely wrong about Rove in this regard. I might be crediting him with much more political acuity than he merits. Yeah, that must be it. Isn’t this the same so-called political genius whose efforts on behalf of George W. Bush failed to stave off the lowest approval ratings for any president since Richard Nixon?
Then, too, in his warning about Obama’s inevitable mudslinging next year, Rove says Republicans should avoid responding in kind, as we see HERE.
Avoid responding? Come on! If Karl Rove actually thinks that Republicans can refrain from slinging mud, he knows even less about politics than I had suspected.