Trippi psychoanalyzes Rove. Or: how to make your head hurt.

An amusing memo just in from Joe Trippi at John Edwards Central:

STRATEGY MEMORANDUM

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 …

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  1. No wonder

    a lot of people hate politics.  We really should stop caring about Rove and Trippi and start caring about what our friends, family and neighbors think.  That's where politics are based.  If we did not focus our attention on the Bob Shrums, Joe Trippis and Carvilles, we'd be far better off.

  2. And clearly I cannot choose the cup in front of me!

    Ever heard of Aristotle? Plato? Socrateeeese? Morons.

  3. I have always thought

    that Joe Trippi has the perfect name and now I know for sure. 

  4. Heh

    I remember when Rove was loudly and publicly cheering on Howard Dean for the nomination, and Joe Trippi was maintaining that Rove wanted Dean to win.  So maybe it was a triple switcheroo with a double salchow.

    sabutai   @   Tue 4 Dec 7:00 PM
  5. Tired trope

    It seems to be a tired old trope now in Democratic campaigns to attempt to do things that will negatively affect Karl Rove's serenity. We want to give him insomnia, nightmares, ulcers, headaches, possibly worse etc., etc.

    I suppose we can look forward to the day when he will be replaced with a different voodoo doll with fresh spots for new pins.

    • agreed, if true

      If Democrats and Liberals actually make decisoins on what to do based on how Rove will react or feel, then yes, very very bad.

      More accurately (I hope) is that his discomfort is a very pleasurable byproduct of Dem/Lib victories.

      At least if there are those who are in the game just trying to stick it to Rove let us hope there are people with their eye on the ball that can at least put them to good use.

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