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Karl Rove’s had a rough week. It started when Democrat pollster Pat Caddell brought down the house at CPAC on the “Republican establishment and its political consulting class,” and only got worse as the days wore on.
Next, Rush Limbaugh jumped in with Caddell on his Friday show.
“They’re all moderates. None of them are really conservative,” Limbaugh said of the GOP consultant class. “They say they are, and they think they’ve got the recipe to win.” However, Rush ads, “[Romney] won the independents, just like these brainiacs said,” Limbaugh said. “But four million conservatives sat home and didn’t vote.”
But it wasn’t over. Next came Sarah Palin’s blistering stem-winder on the final day in which she told the crowd: “The last thing we need is Washington, D.C., vetting our candidates” and said, “The architects can head on back to the great Lone Star state and put their names on some ballot.”
Question: How do you know when a RINO has thin skin?
Well, first he gets defensive and pleads ignorance.
“Well, first of all I live in Texas and not Washington,” Rove said. “Second of all, look, Sarah Palin should be agreeing with this. She didn’t support Todd Akin, and when he said the reprehensible things he said, she wisely came out and said he ought to get out of the race — the ‘legitimate rape’ candidate in Missouri. If she can play in primaries, other people can play in primaries.”
Uh, yeeees. But Palin did not bail on the duly nominated candidate with $2 million and all but cede the contest to Claire McCaskill, either. Akin should have withdrawn, but he didn’t, and he was the only Republican in the race. McCaskill was better?
Then he claims selfless sacrifice.
“But I do have to set the record straight about two things,” he continued. “I’m a volunteer. I don’t take a dime from American Crossroads, and I pay my own travel expenses out of my own pocket. I thought Sarah Palin was about encouraging grassroots activity. I’m a volunteer.”
And all the colored girls sang, “All my trials, Laud, will sooooon be ovaaah.” Poor Karl! Someone pinch those pudgy cheeks. Karl Rove has made multiple millions of dollars fronting establishment Republicans for over two decades! He is without doubt one of the most powerful men in national election politics today.
Then he gets personal.
“I would say this though — I don’t think I’m a particularly good candidate, a sort of a balding fat guy. And second of all, I’d say if I did run for office and win, I’d serve out my term. I wouldn’t leave office midterm.”
Good one, Karl. Of course it might have helped if you and your RINO cronies hadn’t publicly piled on in the Left’s all-out anti-Palin offensive, beginning in 2008, to the detriment of your own candidate and party.
Then for the next two years, you and the brilliant strategists who gave us Sure-Win Willard anonymously sourced liberal media hit pieces in order to stick a fork in a potential Palin candidacy. Whoever could have expected you to support one of the most popular governors in U.S. history when she was literally being sued out of office.
So there’s that.
Karl, we’re going to give you the same advice you gave Palin in 2011: Get a “slightly thicker skin.”