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AP: GOP Wants To Face Hillary, Not Edwards

From those champions of the truth at the Associated Press:

Rove’s attacks on Clinton a flashback to 2004


CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) — GOP strategist Karl Rove won’t let up in his attacks on Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton, but the intriguing question is why.

Is it a sign that Rove, who masterminded Bush’s two presidential victories, is worried about Clinton? Or a calculation that the GOP attacks will get Democrats to rally to her side because the GOP would prefer not to take on Democrats John Edwards or Barack Obama?

Asked why he was helping Clinton by saying she would headline the ticket, Rove said: “Didn’t know that I was. Don’t think that I am.”

Then he criticized Clinton, saying more people have an unfavorable than favorable opinion of the New York senator and former first lady.

“She enters the general election campaign with the highest negatives of any candidate in the history of the Gallup poll,” Rove said.

“It just says people have made an opinion about her. It’s hard to change opinions once you’ve been a high-profile person in the public eye, as she has for 16 or 17 years.” In a USA Today-Gallup poll this month, 49 percent viewed Clinton unfavorably compared to 35 percent unfavorable for Obama and 34 percent for Edwards.

Rove might be revisiting his 2004 play book. Bush’s re-election team aimed its harshest comments at Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the eventual nominee, because it wanted Bush to take on Kerry rather than Edwards, then a senator from North Carolina.

The Los Angeles Times on Sunday reported that Bush’s former pollster and strategist Matthew Dowd said at a 2004 Harvard University conference that Bush’s re-election team went after Kerry because they were more afraid of Edwards.

Asked whether he was attacking Clinton because the GOP feared Obama, Rove replied: “I read that in the L.A. Times this morning. Those guys out in L.A. have got to get clued in. I mean, come on.”

Asked for his opinions on Obama, Rove demurred.

“I’ve said enough,” he said…

At a Democratic debate in Iowa on Sunday, Clinton responded to Rove’s criticism.

“I don’t think Karl Rove is going to endorse me, but I find it interesting that he’s obsessed with me,” she said.

She said no candidate will escape the “Republican attack machine” and added, “I know how to beat them.” …

Mind you, this is supposed to be a news story.

Does anyone believe that the GOP would rather face Mrs. BIll Clinton than Barack Hussein Obama or the one-term wonder personal injury lawyer,?

These two are walking gaffe machines. (Not that Hillary isn’t.) And both of them have such questionable backgrounds, it is a laugh that they are even being taken seriously as candidates.

(Where is all the media’s usual labeling of “pigmies” and “dwarves”? Oh, that’s right. That is only used when talking about GOP primary candidates.)

And does anyone believe that the Republicans would have preferred to face Mr. Kerry rather than Mr. Edwards in the last go around?

Mr. Edwards didn’t win a single Democrat primary in 2004, apart from (his birth state of) South Caroline.

Edwards couldn’t win the primary in his own state of North Carolina. (As state from which he knew he could not be re-elected.)

And of course his presence on the ticket did not help Kerry carry the state in the primaries.

And yet the AP claims the Republicans tremble before this powerhouse.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 20th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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