When Karl Rove the Man-Child Genius Guru of the President makes comments about your political viability in elections their are plenty of ways to handle it. The best way, if a reporter asked, would be to laugh and say “that’s very intresting but right now I am focused on being the best senator for the people of New York.”
That is a good way and shows the kind of political skill needed to be a successful national caliber canidate
THIS however is how Hillary decided to do it.
ALBANY, N.Y. _ Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that President Bush’s chief political strategist Karl Rove “spends a lot of time obsessing about me.”
First of all lets talk about Karl Rove. Karl Rove is a dumpy guy in glasses with thinning hair. Hillary Clinton is viewed as a very “glamorous” figure. So really by her choice of wording the Senator from New York tried to do what lots of “cool” girls in high school did to that dumpy kid with glasses who had a crush on them. Imply they are a creepy stalker.
This is the message she is trying to send. She is the Hot Cheerleader and he is the President of the school’s Klingon club.
The former first lady and potential presidential contender was reacting during a radio interview to a new book quoting Karl Rove as saying she will be the 2008 Democratic nominee for president,
You see now again its a radio interview, she could have brushed the comment off with a laugh or a joke. But sadly she did not choose wisely.
“He spends more time thinking about my political future than I do,” Clinton said, noting that Rove and other White House aides have met regularly with her possible opponents in November’s 2006 Senate race.
Ok. You are the hotest name in the U.S Senate (for good or for ill) and You are in a state that has re-elected a Republican governor, and not to long ago had a Republican Senator. Hillary wouldn’t have just ten years ago been off baking cookies when Bill and Dick Morris would work on some one in a reverse situation…So here Hillary is again trying to seel the Mayter “They Obsess over me”, “They are out to get me”, “They are conspiring against me.” while on this radio show she may have thought it was a good moment to toss some read meat to the base it was simply stupid.
The junior Senator from New York said she believed Rove, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman and other Republicans are focusing on her to divert attention from Republican problems as the 2006 congressional elections approach.
If Hillary Clinton believes that these folks are doing that she is simply delusional. I didn’t see “Hillary lied, people died” slogans running but I did see them for Bush. She is trying to equate herself as a totemic standard of her party in the same way the President is for his. So here we see the egoism and personification which will make the woman lose and lose bad in 08 if she is foolish enough to run.
“Karl Rove is a brilliant strategist. So, if I were thinking about this,” Clinton told WROW-AM radio in Albany, “I’d say why are they spending so much time talking about me?”
His being a Brilliant Strategist i would consider a matter of intense debate. However it is all about them focusing on me, the collective vs the singular.
“What they’re hoping is that all of their missteps, which are now numbering in the hundreds, are going to somehow be overlooked because people, instead of focusing on the ’06 election, will jump ahead and think about the next one,” Clinton said.
Remember when the Time expose came out about Kerry…. how he was just focusing on the President’s missteps and trying to not make any of his own was his big unifying Strategy back in 2004. You see here that the Democrat who is by Karl Rove and many foolish people in the conventional wisdom is their “Standard Bearer” pulling the same line.
The reality tends to be more like an episode of the simpsons where Bart was trying to get a job with Krusty and Krusty said “what have you done for me lately” Krusty pushed off the litany of things he had done in the run of episodes before but instead was placated with the Danish Bart just brought him. The election in 2006 isn’t going to be won in 2000-2005, its going to be won on the issues running into November. Its going to be about the Danish.