Republican operative Karl Rove, whose mastery of dirty political tricks dates back more than 40 years, is hypocritically expressing concern that President Obama’s re-election campaign will employ a playbook written by “hard-nosed Chicago pols.”
But Rove’s warning is just a political dog-whistle intended to rouse the rustics in his Republican Party. He realizes that the GOP base increasingly is rural, white and Southern. The very thought of Chicago politics scares the hell out of these people. Rove hopes it will reinforce his party’s sense of cultural persecution: The dark urban masses are out to destroy the decent folks in this country.
Rove’s appeal to Chicagophobia is in THIS ARTICLE.