The media may tell you otherwise, but Karl Rove just scored one of the few unequivocal victories over the Clinton machine. Some will say his question about Mrs. Clinton’s health will backfire (search), but on whom? Mr. Rove isn’t running for office.
It was Mr. Clinton himself who awarded the laurels to the Republican strategies when the Democrat vouched for “his wife Hillary’s health“.
As Stephen Kruiser put it in a quoting the article linked above:
I’m sure that this is just an attention getting evil genius ploy on the part of Karl Rove, but I am enjoying it because he’s giving them a taste of their own medicine. Pulling something out of thin air to get the character assassination rumor mill fired up is classic Clinton. The mere fact that Bubba even had to answer a question about it is a minor victory for Rove.
My only quibble with Kruiser relates to the magnitude of the victory. It’s not minor. It’s significant. The media are now talking about Hillary’s health (if only to denounce Rove). But, still Americans are thinking about her health. And asking questions.
There will be calls for the former Secretary of State to release her medical records. And questions about her health will persist if when she fails to do so.
Yes, this is a significant victory for Rove, but it’s just one victory on the political battlefield. It does not decide the contest.
Perhaps, this victory is like a military battle fought in Trenton in 1776 where the victor went on to win the war. But Agincourt (1415) was also a victory. And the victor in that contest ended up losing the war.
Mr. Rove’s comment may make him look a fool or some kind of zany extremist, but he’s not running for office. He’s a political strategist. And mischievous and unscrupulous his comments may be; making them is good political strategy.
W’s “architect” is becoming adept at fighting the Clintons on their own turf.
More on this topic anon.
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