Karl Rove is easily one of the most disgusting figures lurking behind the scenes of the Republican party. He’s essentially made a career out of dirty politics, slandering opposing politicians and abandoning pretty much any hint of ethics and morals when it comes to “doing what it takes” to win an election.
His most recent example of this came when he suggested that Hillary Clinton might have brain damage – a claim that’s completely baseless. But his goal in this isn’t to be factual about his statement, he’s simply trying to get people to view Clinton as old and possibly unfit to be President of the United States.
He continued this push on Fox News Sunday, saying of Hillary Clinton, “She’ll be sixty-nine at the time of the 2016 election. If she gets elected two terms, she’ll be seventy-seven.”
But these attacks on her age aren’t anything new, they started nearly a year ago. Though it seems the 2008 version of Karl Rove had a much different take on using someone’s age against them. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
He then slammed Bill Clinton for attacking his comments, pointing out that Clinton attacked Dole’s age in 1996.
“I loved President Clinton’s comments the other day,” Rove said. “Let’s remember: this is a guy who ran for re-election by savaging Bob Dole. He ran television ads that said, ‘The old ways don’t work.’ Bob Dole looked like Methuselah in the Clinton campaign ads…So I love being lectured by Bill Clinton, saying this is off limits. You can’t talk about her health or her age. He savaged Bob Dole.”
First, in 1996 Bob Dole was 73 years old and would have been 74 not too long after his first term began. That’s nearly four full years older than Hillary Clinton will be in 2016. Secondly, John McCain was 71 when he ran in 2008 and Rove called using his age against him “reprehensible.”
Mitt Romney, though younger than Hillary Clinton, was 65 when he ran in 2012 and would have turned 66 just over a month after he took office had he been elected – and Rove insisted he was headed for an easy victory over President Obama. And while I don’t consider Romney to be “old,” if Rove wants to say try to say that being 69 is a big deal, 66 isn’t all that far behind.
And last, but not least, the “conservative icon himself” Ronald Reagan turned 70 just after he took office in January 1981.
Rove just threw his little hissy fit because he absolutely hates the Clintons and he knows Hillary is headed for an easy victory in 2016 no matter who Republicans pick to sacrifice. Bill Clinton slammed his idiocy early this week and this was Rove’s pathetic response.
Rove can continue to try these slanderous tactics all he wants. But for him to sit there attacking her age when Reagan, McCain and Dole (three men he supported) were all older than she will be when she runs, just proves what an absolute hypocrite he is.
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