rove slams obama

Posted on March 30, 2008

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Is George W. Bush’s boy genius Karl Rove targeting Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama because he and the Republican party are afraid of facing Obama in November?

Or is Rove is giving the world a taste of how they might try to crush Obama during the general elections?

Speaking at the Young America’s Foundation in Washington, D.C., Rove painted Obama as an ambitious but low-achieving senator, trading on his speech-making abilities without having much to show for it. “What bills has he sponsored?” Rove reportedly asked.

Rove also could not resist taking a dig at the Democratic party, ribbing them for hoping that former presidential hopeful Al Gore could still emerge and settle the impasse between Obama and the other Democratic party contender, Hillary Clinton. “You know you got a problem if the answer is Al Gore,” Rove said, to the amusement of those present.

Is Rove hoping to damage Obama now, in the hope that Obama would be out of the picture so that the Republicans would face Clinton instead? There is certainly validity in that view, as nothing would energize the Republican base more than the prospect of defeating Clinton, should she be the Democratic nominee.

In that case Obama and his supporters should get some kind of warped comfort from Rove’s unwanted attention. It possibly reveals the strength which Republicans view in Obama’s candidacy, their anxiety about having to go head-to-head with him and an attempt to manipulate things so that they would deal with Clinton instead.

Poor Clinton. She must be feeling pretty blue about not even being on Rove’s radar. Is this a bad portent for her, if the Republican attack machine that Rove embodies has totally disregarded her?

But Rove also gave a hint of the line of attack that the Republicans would engage against Obama if he ends up being the Democratic nominee. They would be attacking him on his thin resume and too little time spent in the political tranches. Against John McCain, the Republican nominee, Obama could indeed look like an over-ambitious, wet-behind-the-ears junior politician.

If you thought the internecine sniping between Clinton and Obama is too bitter and distasteful, wait till the Republicans swing into action and work on Obama.

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