Karl Rove's Boneheaded Swipe at Hillary Clinton
by John Kass
Many of you know that I'm not Hillary Clinton's biggest fan.
But I would never question whether she was right in the head. Instead, what bothers me is that dark, crusty clump of carbon that some may confuse with a soul.
Before crazed hordes of Benghazi Deniers (in and out of journalism) shout me down with angry cries of "What difference, at this point, does it make?" let's stipulate something:
He suggested Mrs. Clinton has suffered brain damage.
And for that he should make a full and public apology.
Rove, like most establishment
According to the
"Thirty days in the hospital?" Rove was quoted as saying the other day. "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."
On Tuesday, Rove stammered through an attempt to clarify his remarks.
"Wait a minute -- no, no -- I didn't say she had brain damage. She had a serious health episode," Rove told
"And my other point is, this will be an issue in the 2016 race, whether she likes it or not."
And here's my point, Karl, whether you like it or not.
You're a weasel.
Clinton did take ill in 2012. And there have been responsible questions as to her health and age, given that she's an unannounced 2016 presidential candidate and is considered by Democrats to be Hillary the Inevitable.
But the way Rove played this has me wondering:
Does Rove have a brain? Or is that just a bloodless spider running around in there behind those twitchy eyes?
The grown-up way to answer a question about Mrs. Clinton's health was demonstrated by
I asked Cheney about Rove's brain-play when she was a guest on my
"Well, I just can't comment at all," said
Cheney, a Republican, has spent her life in politics and government. She's also taken legitimate political shots at Hillary Clinton.
But she wouldn't play doctor, as did Rove.
It's a classic trick, making an outlandish or controversial claim, then having the propriety of the claim repeated and debated, and going on TV to "clarify" the offending remarks.
And all the while the rusty knife is jabbed into the target again and again.
But Rove playing brain surgeon isn't mere politics. It's political assault. It's what turns American stomachs when politics enters their living rooms.
The right watches Fox, and the left watches all those other news shows, on the old-line networks, and MSNBC and
As Rove bangs the drums for Republicans, his counterpart is
While Rove thrusts and jabs, Axelrod seems constantly shocked by Republicans. It's his theatricality that's amusing, as if he's some kind of perpetual virgin, emotionally traumatized by the vulgarities of the opposition.
I assume he'll continue in this role with his new client,
Axelrod got his start in
He was 19 or 20, a Republican trying to undercut Democrat
"Rove put out this invitation on Dixon stationery saying everyone was invited, free booze, free girls, and free everything. We had all kinds of street people coming in drinking everything, eating all the hors d'oeuvres.
"He was a Democrat, and he said it takes all kinds to win, and everyone was invited," Callahan said. "And he won."
Rove grew to be a top Republican consultant, so crafty that he was an aide to President
Bush had two nicknames for Rove. One was "Boy Genius," which doesn't apply these days, but there was another. Bush called him "Turd Blossom."
Clinton is far too gracious to use it, at least in public. But I will.
Don't be a "Turd Blossom,"
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