Good thing Karl Rove has a job writing for the Wall Street Journal, because his latest political thoughts are pretty limp. Of course, Rove is not honored by those on the right for his political writings. He's revered as a dirty trickster-- brewing up false accusations, third party attacks, disenfranchisement of minority voters. But he's trying out this new gig, as an op-ed pundit, on Murdoch's Wall Street Journal and Fox News.
In today's Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, Rove is doing the echo chamber thing, joining the choir attacking both Obama and Clinton as , "left-leaning," "partisan" members of the "hard left." Of course, the fact that McCain is almost desperately doing all he can to bolster his credentials as a hard right, extremist conservative-- that's just fine, even though McCain claims to be reaching out to the middle and independents, at the same time.
But Rove uses Obama's positions and words to attack him as less than honest, as inauthentic.
Then, Rove spins Obama's support from unions-- organizations representing millions of voters-- and characterizes that support as support from Union special interests.
This attempt to spin unions as special interest groups needs to be dealt with directly and head on. Unions represent voters. Lobbyists for unions represent millions of Americans. There's a huge difference between them and lobbyists representing transnational corporations whose primary interests are profits. Let the voters decide that one. But make it clear that any pundit or politician who can't tell the difference between lobbying for people and workers or lobbying for profits is clearly showing where his values lie. Here's how Rove's lame attempt looks:
These stands represent not just policy vulnerabilities, but also a real danger to Mr. Obama's credibility and authenticity. He cannot proclaim his goal is the end of influence for lobbies if the only influences he seeks to end are lobbies of the center and the right.
Rove touts McCain's attack of Obama as strong, potent stuff, freshly introduced into the race, claiming "Mr. Obama had not been so effectively criticized before." And he cites McCain's sleep inducing attack:
Rove argues that Obama is not really about bringing together the red and blue states to be the United States. His proof-- Obama did not join the right wing dems who were part of the Gang of 14-- ie, the gutless, sellout dems who helped Bush get his two SCOTUS appointees inflicted upon the US, without even a filibuster. He forgets to mention that Obama, failed to filibuster, like the rest of the invertebrate Democrats.
Then, Rove glowing discusses how Hillary will help deprecate Obama,
Rove wraps up summing up his weak arguments, attempting to smear Obama's integrity:
Now, this is not surprising. It's to be expected of the duke of derision, swami of smear. We can expect, if the corner of Obama's mouth droops downward, or if his brows furrow, that Rove will photoshop it, editorially, if not vidographically, into a spin that Obama is angry, weak, depressed, emotionally unstable. Or, they'll catch Obama horsing around or yukiing it up a bit and treat him like a fool or idiot. That's the way he and his ilk works. It's not an if, not a maybe. It's a certainty.