An amusing memo just in from Joe Trippi at John Edwards Central:
To: Interested Parties
From: Joe Trippi
Re: Karl Rove’s Worst Nightmare
You may have seen Karl Rove’s recent attacks on Hillary Clinton in the news.
This is a page straight out of his tired old playbook — Rove is attacking Hillary Clinton because he doesn’t want John Edwards to win the Democratic nomination.
Rove knows that Democrats will rally around whomever he attacks — so he attacks the candidate he thinks Republicans can most easily defeat.
Ah, the old double-reverse switcheroo! But how does Trippi know that’s what Rove is up to? Read on…
It may seem backwards, but Rove and his cronies did the same thing last time around. In 2004, they were scared of John Edwards, so they attacked John Kerry.
Don’t take it from me — take it from Rove’s own lieutenant on the Bush-Cheney 2004 reelection campaign, Matthew Dowd:
“Whomever we attacked was going to be emboldened in Democratic primary voters’ minds. So we started attacking John Kerry a lot in the end of January because we were very worried about John Edwards.” [Los Angeles Times, 8/19/07]
But wait a sec — Rove must know that Dowd’s comments are in the public record. So he knows that we know that that’s what his strategy was in 2004, and that we’d assume he’s doing the same thing now! So that must mean … that Rove actually thinks that Hillary is the strongest candidate, because by attacking her, he knows that we’ll assume he’s actually pulling for her to win, which means that we’ll withdraw our support from her and throw it to someone else, like Edwards, thereby actually boosting the Republicans’ chances!
Unless … maybe that’s just what he wants us to think …