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American Crossroads, co-founded by Bush strategist Karl Rove is about to unleash a $200 million dollar ad campaign to smear President Obama.

Is Karl Rove secretly supporting Mitt Romney? (photo: AP)
Is Karl Rove secretly supporting Mitt Romney? (photo: AP)

Karl Rove Poised to Drop Money Bomb on Obama Campaign

By Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times

10 April 12


merican Crossroads, the biggest of the Republican "super PACs," is planning to begin its first major anti-Obama advertising blitz of the year, a moment the Obama re-election campaign has been girding for and another sign that the general election is starting in earnest.

With an anticipated bank account of more than $200 million, officials at American Crossroads said they would probably begin their campaign this month. But they said they would focus the bulk of the first phase from May through July, which they believe is a critical period for making an impression on voters, before summer vacations and the party conventions take place.

Steven J. Law, the group's leader, said the ads would address the challenge of unseating a president who polls show is viewed favorably even though many people disapprove of his handling of the economy. Basically, Mr. Law said, "how to dislodge voters from him."

The ultimate goal of the Crossroads campaign, Mr. Law said, would be to better connect Americans' disappointment with the economy to their views of the president, especially among crucial swing voters.

The Crossroads advertising push - the timing of which has been the subject of avid speculation at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago - would give the campaign of Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner, the time and cover to map out its national organization, replenish its bank account and put the finishing touches on its own long-discussed advertising plan, which is expected to highlight the economic pain of ordinary Americans.

Crossroads was founded with help from the Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie - the latter just signed on as an adviser to Mr. Romney - and so far it has largely been sitting on the sidelines, studying the electorate and planning for the fall as the Republican nominating contest continued.

Its decision to enter now is helped by a growing perception that the Republican race is nearly over and that Mr. Romney is the presumed nominee, particularly as speculation increases about the future of the candidacy of Rick Santorum (who is not campaigning for several days because of his daughter Bella's illness). And Crossroads' planned intervention affirms predictions that the general election campaign will be fought in large part by proxy, via the super PACs, which have been emboldened by the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in 2010 that helped pave the way for their creation.

Combined with expected activity from a pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, and a Republican National Committee with better finances than expected, Crossroads is helping to ease fears among some Republicans that Mr. Obama's projected financial advantage - with more than $80 million on hand and expectations to have raised at least $750 million all told - would overwhelm Mr. Romney, who had $7.3 million on hand in his last filing report from February, especially at the start.

The prolonged and hard-fought nominating contest, Mr. Romney's advisers said, has put his campaign nearly two months behind on its initial plan to build political and field operations in the dozen states where both sides agree that most of the general election will be fought: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. (In the final phase of the campaign, Romney officials believe that the election could come down to just four states: Colorado, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.)

Republican elected officials and strategists acknowledged in interviews that Mr. Romney had significant ground to make up - Mr. Obama leads in many early polls of swing states.

Gov. John R. Kasich, Republican of Ohio, where Mr. Romney narrowly beat Mr. Santorum, said Mr. Romney needed to show that he can connect with voters and "demonstrate that he understands their problems." But, Mr. Kasich added, "There is going to be a part of the electorate that is a lot more interested in beating Obama than electing the Republican."

The Republican primary season, which veered into fights over contraception, abortion and immigration, has lifted the gloom Democrats had been feeling.

Gov. Jerry Brown of California said he became more optimistic about Mr. Obama's re-election chances after "the Republican primaries gave us these dramatic performances" that pushed Mr. Romney "farther and farther from the center of gravity in American politics."

Obama campaign aides said they would not give Mr. Romney any room to recover from what several polls show to be high unfavorable ratings. A new fusillade of commercials, Web videos and Twitter posts is painting Mr. Romney as a disconnected businessman who favors the rich and will keep in place the approach that caused the financial crisis and put an unfair burden on the middle class and the poor.

David Axelrod, a senior Obama strategist, made a similar argument against American Crossroads on Sunday when asked to address its planned campaign against the president. "That's going to be a tough sell," he said, adding that voters "would see right through those who want to go back to the same failed policies that were so punishing for them and the entire country."

Mr. Obama has his own supportive super PAC, Priorities USA Action, which is now sifting through Mr. Romney's most embarrassing campaign moments for its expected volley of commercials.

But Priorities USA Action is not nearly as well-financed as its Republican rivals. The group and its issues-oriented partner, Priorities USA, raised $6.1 million last year, with donations from the film executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Service Employees International Union and the United Auto Workers union.

American Crossroads and its affiliated Crossroads GPS raised $51 million last year, according to federal election filings, much of it from the conservative financier Harold C. Simmons and other wealthy donors with interests in coal, real estate and finance.

These groups will be formidable allies for Mr. Romney's campaign. Though they are legally prohibited from coordinating with his strategists, they are working on the same mission, to shift the debate away from issues of wealth inequality - terrain that appears to favor Mr. Obama - and toward what Stuart Stevens, a senior Romney strategist, said would be a referendum on the president and his promise to of economic recovery.

"There's a sense of anxiety out there that's tremendous," Mr. Stevens said. "It's home heating costs, it's gas prices, the price of food is up. What about people's everyday lives is easier today than it was four years ago?"

But, Mr. Law said, Crossroads research suggests that Mr. Obama's campaign has started to gain traction among critical swing voters by arguing that Republicans, including Mr. Romney, favor an "economic plutocracy" in which middle-class voters can no longer count on financial security, even though they work hard and play by the rules.

"His argument is: ‘The reason you feel bad is not because I've been an inadequate president but because the rules of the game are stacked against you,' " Mr. Law said. Calling it a "dystopian vision," he added, "that narrative has some gravitational pull."

But, Mr. Law said, interviews with independent voters, as well as uncommitted Democrats and Republicans who supported Mr. Obama in 2008, have revealed an alternate "emerging view" that Crossroads will seek to solidify, "that Obama just may not be up to the job, he can't seem to fix things he promised he would fix."

Though Mr. Law would not discuss the planned Crossroads ads in detail, he indicated that the first ones would try not to offend the sensibilities of swing voters who still like Mr. Obama, apparently in part for fear of rallying them to his side.

For all of that, both sides agree that the outcome could depend on events largely out of their control, most of them linked to the economy.

"The biggest issue," said Gov. Rick Scott, Republican of Florida, "is still jobs." your social media marketing partner


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It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

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+41 # cycleman60 2012-04-10 11:58
Someone, please kick this smiling hyena, Rove, in the ass. He's long overdue.
+72 # pernsey 2012-04-10 11:58
I wish this turd blossom would just dry up and go away.
+108 # bugbuster 2012-04-10 12:00
It would be nice if these people would throw their money around to do some actual good in the world instead of what they are doing.
+66 # AndreM5 2012-04-10 12:43
It is astonishing how much "loose change" is lying around for crooks like this to scoop up. It is one objective proof that the economy is rigged for the biggest fish, that their taxes are far too low, and that their money is pure corruption.
+13 # John Locke 2012-04-11 10:59
Wealth inequality should be the key issue in this campaign, that is what they fear and will try to push out of the picture by going after a failed economy with foreclosures still mounting...

meanwhile it they attack Obama on his passage of NDAA and assult against peaceful protests they can side track the disparity of wealth issue. Certainly the economy will be at the forefront of the debates, however I don't believe they will challenge the Government statistics which we know are skewed as they are all part of that system...
+44 # noitall 2012-04-10 13:41
chicken feed compared to what will be their rewards. The only 'good' that they are interested in would be to pave the way for clear sailing for their rape of the earth and consolidation of wealth for their own temporary benefit. No need to look beyond the next quarter.
+17 # grouchy 2012-04-10 12:07
I hope at least old "turdblossom" comes up with some new creative stuff here. I am sure he will. He's proven to be just great at such tasks. And I sure hope the Obama crew is in prep mode to counter Karl's Krap--although that would be a bit of a change in their trend and to break their past record.
-9 # Doubter 2012-04-10 20:07
The only truthful campaign slogan I can suggest for Obama is: VOTE FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS - ME!
+42 # Virginia 2012-04-10 12:08
No - Rick Scott, the biggest issue is the American home and security. The government cannot keep using mortgages as their chips in the shadow banking casino. It has to stop along with the fraud, foreclosures and evictions. This is the core of our TRILLION$ in debt.

The shadow banking casino needs to be closed and mortgage financing needs to be revamped and regulated. We are either the government for and by the people or we are slaves to the fraudulent banking regime.

And until you politicians get your priorities straight this country will remain in a free fall and depression.
+79 # Nell H 2012-04-10 12:20
The Supreme Court has made Rove's money bomb possible.
+49 # Writ 2012-04-10 12:24
Freaky how all these demons resemble Cheyney. He must spawn them all in the same cesspool where he was born.
+16 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-10 15:02
+56 # Barbara K 2012-04-10 12:25
Let them waste their money. Intelligent people like us don't base our choice on stupid, vicious campaign smear ads.


The alternative is disastrous,
even at the local levels, look at what is being done to our states, like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and many more.
+27 # Majikman 2012-04-10 13:12
For those of us who are angered by Obama, here's a simple reason to vote for him:
Piss off a repug!
+16 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-10 15:03
Amen Cannot imagine more years of the pond scum. At least if we get rid of the algae out in the States, we may have a chance to see better growth and lil fishies have a chance
+7 # Doubter 2012-04-10 20:11
New slogan:
Vote Democratic.
Note: I find it strange that this post gets pluses while my other ones that point out the Pres' faults get negatives..?
It is good to support him vis a vis the the crazy Corporatist Republicans; but must your support be blindly unconditional?
+47 # Nell H 2012-04-10 12:26
The problem for Obama is that he is not vicious enough to counter the kind of pure hate being hurled at him from the Right. Obama believes in the basic goodness of people -- probably because he is a really good person himself. Mr. Nice Guy. A Moderate.

We have seen Rove in action. He specializes in taking a candidates strong points and turns them against the candidate.
+20 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-10 15:05
Democrats themselves should make an Ad on all the TP/GOP Laws, Killings, now the Rape to all women, Wisconsin blunders, to show the World what kind of pond scum we breed here.
+1 # Doubter 2012-04-10 20:18
"Nice guys" don't approve 'Patriot Act' and related legislation - or assassinate alleged terrorists without proof or trial - or deliver us unto our enemies, the banksters - or -
I am almost convinced he is a secret agent working for the Republican Party!
+3 # Doubter 2012-04-13 04:27
Would my minus voters rather I said: "Nice guys vote for the 'Patriot' act, assassinate former CIA assets and favor the banksters? But then I wouldn't be referring to the Pres, would I?
See: or from RSN:
+35 # Citizen Mike 2012-04-10 12:58
I despise Rove and detest everything the Republicans stand for. However, any kind of public communication in partisan politics is fair play here in the land of Freedom Of Speech. The antidote to lies is of course to counter with truth, and as Justice Brandeis observed, SUNLIGHT IS THE BEST DISINFECTANT!
+12 # in deo veritas 2012-04-11 12:04
Indeed sunlight will kill all the vampires including this pasty-faced little weasel. He should be lailed for trteason for his role in outing CIA agent Plame.
+19 # JCG 2012-04-10 13:00
The truth must be told.
-35 # MidwestTom 2012-04-10 13:05
Two hundred million sounds like a lot of money, but the WSJ projected that OBama will spend over $1.0 Billion on his campaign. Remember that Obama has not had to spend a dime yet, no primary opponent. I do not think that $200 m will hurt him. The newly exposed costs of the Health Care bill and the economy will hurt him more $200m. Remember, he has Wall Street backing him, thanks to no attacks.
+21 # pbbrodie 2012-04-10 18:26
What "newly exposed costs of the Health Care bill?" Why do you always state things with absolutely no references or data to back up what you say? Apocryphal data is worse than no data at all.
+1 # Lila 2012-04-12 01:44
There WAS an article in yesterday's paper about new studies showing the Health Care Act would cost a lot more than expected. I didn't read the article as I'm sick of negativity, just the headline.
+22 # dick 2012-04-10 13:05
If Obama-Holder would indict just a couple of their criminal pals from Wall St., Rove could spend $10billion & it wouldn't matter. Getting in bed with horrendously destructive criminals has hurt Obama, as well it should. If W were Prez & did not indict, the left would be going NUTS. Send $$ to Wisc,Mass,Neb,R SN, select Senators. Do NOT reward Obama for Accessary-to-Mu rder of our economy. FORCE him to BEGIN to hold banksters accountable. No more Too Big to Jail. They are today's organized crime.
+48 # Peace Anonymous 2012-04-10 13:16
Tell me again why we can't afford to educate our children and feed the poor?
-77 # Robt Eagle 2012-04-10 13:18
VOTE Obama and his terrible policies out of the White House. Obama has to go at all costs, otherwise America will be doomed if he is re-elected.
+40 # lcarrier 2012-04-10 13:58
Why are you trolling this site? If I could, I'd vote for you to muzzle yourself. But since that doesn't seem likely I'll just have to be content to say that you have no basis whatsoever for your brainless rants.
+21 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-10 15:00
And then we can just let Al Queda take over because they would be no different than white trash running on the GOP
+12 # Majikman 2012-04-10 16:27
See my above post: Vote Obama and piss of a repug.
+10 # Jane Gilgun 2012-04-10 16:34
Say what? I wish you would explain your obvious well thought-out positions.
+23 # JCM 2012-04-10 19:48
If you don't vote for Obama and every Democrat you can you will get; the Paul Ryan budget plan, reducing the Pell Grant, deeper cuts in Social Security, deeper cuts in Medicare, cuts in the Department of Education, reduced regulation for the protection of the environment, reduced taxes for the very wealthy, reduced budget for clean energy, reduced regulation on the financial and petroleum industries and maybe all out war. Obama believes in a budget that would help restore the middle class, increased the Pell Grant, and believes in a budget with shared sacrificed. Believes in the environment, in education, in regulations for the protection of the working class and has tried to pass legislation to provide for that but “working” with the Republicans has made it impossible. This list can go on a long time and Obama is no neo-con for more war. Progressives and liberals need to fight for the Democrats with their vote and their rhetoric. If you don’t, you get the Republicans. There is no third choice for this election. If they try to tell you differently they are working for the Republicans. If you want to change politics prepare years before the election, otherwise get on board and fight for the Democrats. They are flawed but still our best chance to succeed.
-5 # jcdav 2012-04-11 06:33
yup, and doomed faster with a diff
+14 # rockieball 2012-04-11 12:12
Oh sure for who? A Republicon? They know they can't run on their record and in every political campaign they run out the smear first. If they can't lie about the other candidate it's not worth the time or money. When you look at out they try to block every reasonable piece of legislation even when it was their idea. From day one they said what their NUMBER ONE goal was. "To make sure Obama is a one term President." Not bringing to justice the banks and Wall Street. Not improving the economy. Not pushing for affordable healthcare. I have no doubt that people who don't like President Obama with a passion, don't like him because he's 1/2 black.
+7 # pernsey 2012-04-11 21:12
Keep repeating the Fox News nonsense, until for you its the truth. The truth is if a republican gets in, we are doomed as a society and a country. Whatever you think Obama is doing, the GOP is really doing. I dont think your stuff is flying here Robt.
+25 # tclose 2012-04-10 13:32
This only means that Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans will have to double down and work harder to reelect Obama - and progressive members of Congress too. More bombast from Rove and Co. will only serve to motivate all of us to greater action.
-7 # seeuingoa 2012-04-10 13:53
Dear Barbara K:
"Vote democratic,
the alternative is disastrous"

I am emotionally on your side, but
how can you vote for an evil , the lesser evil, but still an evil?
How can you look your grandchildren
in their eyes and tell them you voted
against your principles?
How can you tell them that you voted
for a man who betrayed you?

When your grandchildren grow up and

Nobels Peace Prize,
taxcut for the rich
tar sand pipe line,
treatment of Bradley Manning,
99%, violation of 1st amendment,
indefinite imprisonment, NDAA

+34 # lincolnimp 2012-04-10 14:34
Quoting seeuingoa:


I can't speak for Barbara, but for myself, I will gladly explain to all my friends and family that my vote for Obama and other Democrats likely saved the union. I will also explain to my daughters and nieces that my vote was essential for ending the conservative war against women. That's what I'll say.
+18 # JCM 2012-04-10 19:58
War against women, the environment, education, health care, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Pell Grants, the working class, clean energy, the poor, the hungry, voter rights, infrastructure, teachers, police, fireman, research and development, NASA, (fill your own in here), and nearly everything else except the very wealthy.
+2 # charsjcca 2012-04-12 08:09
This all began with the 3/5 clause of our Constitution, the one that left First Americans out of the picture-the snap shot of America.
+1 # John Locke 2012-04-12 18:17
and and thats with Obama! Romney agreeable will do the same thing!
+1 # John Locke 2012-04-12 18:15
lincolnimp: They will look you in the eye and think you were crazy. Because we will be so much worse off, and You may not even be able to speak openly!
+20 # Regina 2012-04-10 16:34
So, seeyouingoa, you'll take MORE evil??? F'r instance -- "bank robbery" used to mean crooks in a bank demanding the cash. Now, after the last Republican greed wave, "bank robbery" is what banks do to their depositors, mortgage holders, and charge card holders. Is that what you want more of??? Drop the "emotion" and start thinking.
+2 # John Locke 2012-04-12 18:23
Regina, start looking at reality and not through your rose colored glasses
What you are describing is Obama...
He is the King of Bank Robbery, refusing to prosecute Wall Street, allowing Business as usual, Helping to bail out AIG right after he took office so the banks could continue foreclosing on American Borrowers. Coercing the Attorney General settlement to save his buddies on Wall Street, the Secret hidden continuing bail out of BoA, start looking at reality and stop giving this fool Obama a free pass!
+7 # Barbara K 2012-04-11 19:36
That I voted for a great guy for President. Barack Obama is the best choice we have. That none of the sleazy Tbaggerthuglica ns got into office by my hand. You have your list all screwed up. I happen to be proud of Obama and I know that he has an extremely tough job, as he has to work to get good Bills passed to help us with no help, just lots of blocking, from the thugs on the other side of the aisle. I happen to watch the Senate and see for myself what is going on in there. The Rs have blocks on over 300 Bills that would have had our economy up and running just great, millions of new jobs created, roads and bridges repaired, etc., etc.; but the Rs don't want anything to be better, they think they can sit with their thumbs in their noses and just say "NO" to everything and we would be stupid enough to think they were doing a good job. They are getting paid lots of money and benefits to show up for 2 weeks and skip 2 weeks and do nothing while they are there. They have not contributed anything to this country or for us for the past 3 years. And actually got paid for it.
+5 # pernsey 2012-04-11 21:13
Barbara keep speaking the truth, nice post!
+2 # John Locke 2012-04-12 18:28
Barbara, yes Obama has done a superb job, unfortunately it wasn't for us....He is rebuilding the infrastructure in Iraq, protecting and promoting Monsanto and his Oil contributors. Protecting Wall Street crooks from prison…and starting new wars all over the world....But yes We can be proud of his record...
+29 # lcarrier 2012-04-10 13:55
It's typical of GOP organizations to devote enormous amounts of money to fund negative ads. They have evidence that these ads work no matter how egregious the lies, because people tend to believe what's false if it's repeated often enough.

What should make voters sit up and take notice is that very wealthy so-called "job creators" contribute large sums to these groups, demonstrating that the only jobs they're creating with their windfall tax breaks are those that pay the salaries of people who don't mind telling lies and throwing mud; whereas, the truth of the matter is that tax breaks haven't put the average wage earner back to work.
+14 # JCM 2012-04-11 05:23
It is the working class that create demand and it is demand that creates jobs. The wealthy have never had so much wealth. Where are the jobs? The working class create jobs not the wealthy.
+16 # seeuingoa 2012-04-10 14:32
Dear other commentators like me.

Life would be different if we didn´t have
ReaderSupportedNews, so let us not take for granted that they can manage without

I donate in this moment 100 Dollars,
please do what you can do also!
+16 # walt 2012-04-10 14:41
And this from a guy who, if investigated properly, might be in jail with Bush and Cheney!
+22 # humanmancalvin 2012-04-10 14:55
Two hundred million dollars worth of distortions, slander, & total outright lies are headed to living rooms all across this Corporations are people too country. I'm fairly assured that there will be no mention of the dismal & ruined economy President Obama inherited from 8 years of GOP rule headed by the Bring Em On Pretend Cowboy. There will be enough dirty mud slung to build a medium to large sized county out of. I sincerely hope that the Democrat(ic) party finds a way to reach the low-information , sound bite Independents that form the legion of easily duped poor/middle class voters that vote Republican against their own best interest. How anyone outside of the wealthy could even consider voting for the party of the Ryan budget that rewards the wealthy & punishes all else is a total mystery to me. But then again I actually take the time & make an effort to learn all sides of a given situation. Voting for President Obama is NOT voting for the lesser of 2 evils, it is a vote for sanity in this age of give-aways to the rich & corporations. I have no doubt that the president will not in his 2nd term continue to attempt governing across the aisle as his extended hand has been chewed to the bone on far to many occasions. As President Obama was recorded saying to the Russian on an open microphone, "I'll have more flexibility in my 2nd term. Enough flexibility to just say Hell No to the thugs & thieves that represent the anti-American party of the bloated elephant.
+15 # Kiwikid 2012-04-10 21:41
Well said! I hope your right about his second term, and what he said to Medvedev means what we hope it means - he will have little to lose by dropping his first term committment to bipartisanship.
0 # John Locke 2012-04-12 18:36
Andrew: Have you ever heard of a crook who went strait after being in prison, or a leopard changing their spots. look at this fools record...NDAA, extending the patriot act, shutting down peaceful protests. militarizing state police, tax breaks for the wealthy. making it a felony to protest by government buildings, requiring a protest permit which his administration can deny. Voiding the Bill of Rights and on and on. God forbid he gets a second term!
0 # John Locke 2012-04-12 18:32
Obama has made it worse! Why did he not address jobs during his first year? He has actually lost 1.5 million Jobs under his watch, the other quotes are propaganda... He is a complete failure as a President and as a human being! If he were the only one running I still will not waste my vote on him!
+7 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-10 14:59
What would you expect from White Trash.
Inbreds are all the same. These perhaps are clones, how else could so many mothers raise so much garbage?
Badn Churches, Bad Schools, certainly bad families and friends....but really it is more than that...I would guess at least half are cloned!
+7 # Bodiotoo 2012-04-10 16:14
Democracy and Freedom. A messy balance.
+16 # panhead49 2012-04-10 16:24
Bomb away turdblossom - I live in a rural redneck area and even the local country music station DJ's are making fun of the Mittster. The only sad part is how much good all that money could do in lieu of whizzin' it away on media bombs that are duds.
+16 # Jane Gilgun 2012-04-10 16:38
Bring it on. At the moment I am optimistic that voters will see that Rove and people like him want power and money and don't care about the common good. They want the rest of us to work for them so that they get richer and we get poorer. We will not be able to get to their garbage cans to look for food because they will live in gated communities with George Zimmermans on patrol.
+8 # Barbara K 2012-04-11 19:43
Jane: Absolutely! Let them bring it on. They are so stupid that they think we vote according to their nasty ads. I have a mute button on my remote. Let them waste all the money they have. It won't change who I am voting for, and I suspect it won't change any of our minds about who we are voting for. Dems have smarter brains according to scientists, remember? Maybe that is why Rs don't like scientists, they told on them.
+16 # rhgreen 2012-04-10 16:58
Two comments:

Let's be positive. All it will take is for most backers of Obama to contribute small amounts each. And also get out there and work like hell for his campaign. Re-create 2008 in other words. And if you're disappointed in Obama (aren't we all in various ways?) then think of it as keeping the Republicans out of power rather than as campaigning for Obama. Just visualize Romney (or whoever) appointing judges, pouring $$ into the military, warmongering, and forcing American exceptionalism on the world (read Andrew Bacevich if you haven't).

Second comment: Who cares what the governor of Florida thinks? He is complicit in FL gun laws, the "stand your ground law", and the judicial/politi cal (same thing in FL and in Republican-land in general) aftermath of the Trayvon Martin killing. By the way, George Zimmerman's lawyers just quit which shows that they are more aware than Gov. Rick Scott. Let's give Florida back to Spain and let the natives, the blacks, and the Everglades inhabitants rejoice. (Read 'history of florida' on Wikipedia.) Or make it a Canadian province - there are plenty of Canadians living there especially in winter. Actually that's how the US stole Florida from Spain (and Texas from Mexico), by Americans settling illegally and ignoring the legitimate govt, until the legitimate govt was defeated or gave up. Just early American imperialism. Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant thought so re. the Mexican War, which produced TX.
+21 # dick 2012-04-10 17:16
For outing Valerie Plame, Rove should have been hanged, or at least humiliated & exiled. Why do GOPers love traitors like Ali North & Karl Rove? Bush,Sr., called what Rove did "treason." GOPers don't even really believe in defending our country.
+1 # John Locke 2012-04-12 18:38
And why did Obama give them a free pass along with Wall Street, Lets stop being selective and look at the whole picture...
+15 # pamitty 2012-04-10 20:56
ROve, the name, is very closely associated with Bush and Cheney, the biggest and worst president of all.
I think peoeple will hear Rove and think 8 years of very low taxes on the 1%,
and starting an unprovoked war that has been the longest war in history.
And of their sons and daughters coming back broken in body or mind!
and the banking and housing going into the plummeting drop.
So add to this list more of the junk they did and pass it on.
+7 # RMDC 2012-04-11 05:12
Rove is the king of negative campaigns. He believes in going after his opponent's strong points. He took down John Kerry with the swift boat campaign. Now he will swift boat Obama. It will be interesting to see how he does this. Obama's strong points are his charisma and his speaking ability. His policies are neo-con to the core, so Rove won't attack those.

But if Rove attacks Obama's personal qualities, he may create what many people see as a racist attack. That will backfire.

There's no doubt that Rove will "go massive." But why would he do this in support of Romney? Obama is a better candidate for the neo-cons. But I guess this is a team sport and Rove plays for the republicans.

This will be an interesting campaign -- Rove's scorched earth campaign.
-2 # charsjcca 2012-04-12 08:06
To point out that Barack Obama is an Indonesian Islamic is not a personal attack, it is the truth. I am a product of segregated America by the design of White people. To point that out is not an untruth and the world knows it. Would you rather have a Mormon or an Islamic as President of the United States? Which ever one you get will bring his relig- ious orientation into the arena. That is a cultural fact undeniable. It shapes ones perceptual screen-who they are.
0 # Bev 2012-04-13 09:15
So many Obama critics give him the absolute authority of a king. When he comes up short do you not realize that he is blocked every way possible by power and money both in and outside the government? The hatred directed toward him has made him the President with more attempts on his life than all previous presidents combined.
0 # C.H.Winslow 2012-04-14 10:37
Rove and Gillespie will toss 200 million against Obama while I, having learned of this fact, will add 400 residences to my list for passing out pro-Obama circulars. Let's see if feet on the ground can defeat those who buy elections.

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