Posted by: mutantpoodle | August 14, 2007

Note to WH: Please, PLEASE make 2008 about George Bush

One of Karl Rove’s parting shots in the Wall Street Journal article that revealed his imminent departure from the White House was to say that Hillary Clinton was, in addition to being “tough and tenacious,” also “fatally flawed.”

I’ll leave the whole discussion of projection out of it for now. But I’ll ask this: If you’re Hillary Clinton, who would you rather run against in 2008 – Romney / Thompson /Giuliani, or George W. Bush?

OK, pencils down.

Which is why it strikes me as idiotic that the White House said anything at all about the Hillary Clinton ad above, much less jumped in with both feet. Hell, they cannonballed into this pool:

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino sharply fired back to the Clinton’s allegations Tuesday in a press conference, saying “This is a president who, first and foremost, has helped millions of seniors across the country have access to prescription drugs at a much lower cost.”

“As to whether or not our troops are invisible to this president, I think that is absurd and that it is unconscionable that a member of Congress would say such a thing,” Perino added.

Except, of course, that none of it is absurd – it seems spot on to me. Do I need to remind people of the infamous “donut hole“, or the Walter Reed scandals, the ever-growing length of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the inability of this administration to get body armor to the troops?

Those are unconscionable.

But back to the matter at hand.

The G.O.P.’s lone shot at winning in 2008 is for their nominee to be able to distance himself from George Bush. If the Bushies keep whining about what will surely be a barrage of Democratic attacks against him – attacks, that as far as I can tell, are completely deserved – then the Democrats have what they want: their nominee running against a third term for George W. Bush.

It gave me the willies just to type that. But if that’s the choice, the Dems win.

It’s interesting that this happened one day after Rover got on Air Force One and headed back to Texas with his buddy. Given that he’s still being paid (with my tax dollars, dammit!) and that he’s such a control freak, I can’t believe that Karl didn’t sign off on this attack.

Which will make the 28 percenters happy, but will serve to remind most everyone else of the callous disregard George Bush has for them and their plight. And send them scurrying to check out what is, I think, a very effective indictment.

It sounds like Rove, after sucking the life out of the Republican Party over the last 6 years, still wants to play this game. If this is how he wants to do it, I’m willing to let my tax dollars subsidize it.

Tough, tenacious, and fatally flawed. I’m not so sure it’s Hillary.


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