Karl Rove Playing a 162 game season

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Karl Rove Playing a 162 game season

I’ve been tied up with both the Har­vard Black Mass story and my upcom­ing trip to EWTN in Alabama so I haven’t paid a lot of atten­tion to the Karl Rove, Hillary Clin­ton brain dam­age story.

I’m no Rove fan but look­ing at this dis­pas­sion­ately it was a bril­liant move.

Con­sider: You want to inter­ject an issue into the polit­i­cal con­ver­sa­tion (Hillary’s Health & her con­cus­sion) when you are fac­ing a press that is not only uni­ver­sally against you but ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing the tar­get of your attack.

You give them a state­ment designed to get your foes to charge like a bull:

Thirty days in the hos­pi­tal? And when she reap­pears, she’s wear­ing glasses that are only for peo­ple who have trau­matic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.

The reac­tion was all that he could hope for peo­ple jumped all over him Rove game them a full news cycle of attacks on him, the Today Show, CNN and the NBC nightly news. As Doug Mat­a­co­nis noted nobody really likes Karl so they where happy to pile on but along with those attacks were reac­tions like this:

I notice how over­stated the reac­tion is — “no words for this level of lying”? What part is the lie? Was Rove wrong about the num­ber of days in the hos­pi­tal? (I think he was.) Clearly, she came out wear­ing some spe­cial glasses. Was Rove wrong in his char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the glasses? (Maybe not.) Cer­tainly, it’s fair to state that the pub­lic (and the prospec­tive donors) need accu­rate facts about a pres­i­den­tial candidate’s health. That is always demanded, and we’ve been mis­led by can­di­dates in the past. (I’m think­ing of Paul Tsongas.) The over­re­ac­tion makes me sus­pi­cious that there really is a prob­lem. I don’t like this how-​dare-​you-​even-​ask atti­tude. It makes me skep­ti­cal. But I do under­stand the alter­na­tive expla­na­tion: Stir up the base with stim­u­lat­ing out­rage and a reminder that one ought to hate Karl Rove.

When the come­di­ans hit him that gave them another whole cycle to keep the attack on Rove going and when Rove “clar­i­fied” the state­ment it led to the third con­sec­u­tive day of the press hit­ting Karl Rove. Jazz Shaw noticed this result

That’s three days where Karl Rove and while he has pretty much been a tar­get dur­ing that time he has also advanced the fol­low­ing items into the news cycle.

1. Hillary is old

2. Hillary had a seri­ous injury before her appear­ance at the Beng­hazi hearings

3. Hillary’s health will be an issue in 2016

And he’s done it into the teeth of a media ded­i­cated to defend her.

Now granted this is an eas­ier con­ver­sa­tion for the media than nam­ing a Clin­ton accom­plish­ment but that’s not the limit of Rove’s accom­plish­ment as Peter Beinart grudg­ingly notes at the Atlantic:

Con­sider the Clin­ton “brain dam­age” story. Right now, the press is slam­ming Rove for his vicious, out­landish com­ments. But they’re also talk­ing about Clinton’s health prob­lems as sec­re­tary of state, dis­rupt­ing the story she wants to tell about her time in Foggy Bot­tom in her forth­com­ing memoir.

If she has a moment of Rick Perry-​like for­get­ful­ness some­time between now and the fall of 2016, Rove’s com­ments make it more likely that vot­ers will won­der whether she’s still with it mentally.

Thanks to Rove this story is going to be in play for years, and that’s just from the press. How long do you think before some GOP oper­a­tive links her deci­sions on Boko Haram or her “What dif­fer­ence does it make” state­ments to a Hillary “brain injury” or “impair­ment”? And when they do how fast will the Hillary defend­ers hurry to charge that red cape?

This is a story that will be in play for months and Karl Rove has made sure there will be plenty of video in the libraries of all the net­works to bring out when it bub­bles to the sur­face again.

That’s why he gets the big bucks.

Clos­ing thought: Right now the MSM has spent three days on this story, how many low infor­ma­tion vot­ers dis­cov­ered Hillary’s seri­ous injury for the first time and will have it in the back of their mind now that the press has put it there?

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I’ve been tied up with both the Harvard Black Mass story and my upcoming trip to EWTN in Alabama so I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the Karl Rove, Hillary Clinton brain damage story.

I’m no Rove fan but looking at this dispassionately it was a brilliant move.

Consider: You want to interject an issue into the political conversation (Hillary’s Health & her concussion) when you are facing a press that is not only universally against you but dedicated to protecting the target of your attack.

You give them a statement designed to get your foes to charge like a bull:

Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.

The reaction was all that he could hope for people jumped all over him Rove game them a full news cycle of attacks on him, the Today Show, CNN and the NBC nightly news.  As Doug Mataconis noted nobody really likes Karl so they where happy to pile on but along with those attacks were reactions like this:

I notice how overstated the reaction is — “no words for this level of lying”? What part is the lie? Was Rove wrong about the number of days in the hospital? (I think he was.) Clearly, she came out wearing some special glasses. Was Rove wrong in his characterization of the glasses? (Maybe not.) Certainly, it’s fair to state that the public (and the prospective donors) need accurate facts about a presidential candidate’s health. That is always demanded, and we’ve been misled by candidates in the past. (I’m thinking of Paul Tsongas.) The overreaction makes me suspicious that there really is a problem. I don’t like this how-dare-you-even-ask attitude. It makes me skeptical. But I do understand the alternative explanation: Stir up the base with stimulating outrage and a reminder that one ought to hate Karl Rove.

When the comedians hit him that gave them another whole cycle to keep the attack on Rove going and when Rove “clarified” the statement it led to the third consecutive day of the press hitting Karl Rove. Jazz Shaw noticed this result

That’s three days where Karl Rove and while he has pretty much been a target during that time he has also advanced the following items into the news cycle.

1. Hillary is old

2. Hillary had a serious injury before her appearance at the Benghazi hearings

3. Hillary’s health will be an issue in 2016

And he’s done it into the teeth of a media dedicated to defend her.

Now granted this is an easier conversation for the media than naming a Clinton accomplishment but that’s not the limit of Rove’s accomplishment as Peter Beinart grudgingly notes at the Atlantic:

Consider the Clinton “brain damage” story. Right now, the press is slamming Rove for his vicious, outlandish comments. But they’re also talking about Clinton’s health problems as secretary of state, disrupting the story she wants to tell about her time in Foggy Bottom in her forthcoming memoir.

If she has a moment of Rick Perry-like forgetfulness sometime between now and the fall of 2016, Rove’s comments make it more likely that voters will wonder whether she’s still with it mentally.

Thanks to Rove this story is going to be in play for years, and that’s just from the press.  How long do you think before some GOP operative links her decisions on Boko Haram or her “What difference does it make”  statements to a Hillary “brain injury” or “impairment”?  And when they do how fast will the Hillary defenders hurry to charge that red cape?

This is a story that will be in play for months and Karl Rove has made sure there will be plenty of video in the libraries of all the networks to bring out when it bubbles to the surface again.

That’s why he gets the big bucks.

Closing thought:  Right now the MSM has spent three days on this story, how many low information voters discovered Hillary’s serious injury for the first time and will have it in the back of their mind now that the press has put it there?

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For a full month I ask a fixed amount $1465, as of today we have $385 in the till. We need $65 a day every day for the rest of the month to make that goal.

If you think this coverage and what we do here is worth your support please consider hitting Datipjar below.

Naturally once our monthly goal is made these solicitations will disappear till the next month but once we get 61 more subscribers  at $20 a month the goal will be covered for a full year and this pitch will disappear until 2015.

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