Scour the mainstream media for the first eight years of the current decade and you will invariably find a reference to the nefarious machinations of the diabolical Karl Rove. In nearly every single report, you’ll find that the accusations against that good man and shrewd political tactician were based more on circumstantial evidence, innuendo and prejudice than anything else.
No one, for example, has been able to substantiate the “conventional wisdom” that Rove was behind the spate of initiatives defining marriage on various state ballots in 2004.
When evidence emerges, however, that a Rove counterpart in the Obama campaign/Administration, David Axelrod is drawing money from a firm tapped to make ads touting Obamacare (and with money from those dread pharmaceutical industry), there is virtual silence in the mainstream media.
Rove never profited from deals like this, getting the Administration’s lobbyist allies to pay his firm to produce ads while working in the White House as senior adviser to the President.
It’s hard to imagine a situation in which, say, Karl Rove was still getting checks from a firm that was, in turn, employed by the drug lobby not drawing fire from the left, and Axelrod’s arrangement is, a bit belatedly, getting that attention.
FROM THE COMMENTS: An insightful collegiate blogger offers:
I don’t think it’s a political conflict of interest. Axelfraud supports government-run healthcare, and now he’s getting paid to support it, so it doesn’t change anything.