ABC News reports that, during a breakfast with Republican insiders at the Capitol Hill Club, Karl Rove attacked Barack Obama as “the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by.”
If there’s anyone who knows anything about country club settings, it’s Karl Rove. As Matthew Yglesias writes, “Rove assumes that ‘you know this guy’ but unless ‘you’ are a wealthy person from the past, you probably don’t know a guy like that.” Here are just a few reports of Rove’s country club fundraisers in recent years:
– “The problem for these Democrats is that their policies would have consequences and their policies would make us more, not less, vulnerable,” Rove said from a podium beneath the beamed, vaulted ceilings and brass chandeliers of the Inverness Country Club in Toledo. “And in war, weakness emboldens your enemies and it’s an invitation for disaster.” [AP, 8/29/06]
– “While Karl Rove was enroute to talk at a campaign fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Mike Whalen at the members-only Sunnyside Country Club Monday, roughly three dozen protesters stood along Ansborough Avenue with signs showing what they thought of President Bush’s deputy chief of staff.” [WCF Courier, 6/26/06]
– “Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove called on Oakland County Republicans for their support in the next presidential election and criticized Democrats for wanting to pull out of Iraq during a speech Saturday night at Shenandoah Country Club. […] The crowd at the $65-a-ticket event gave him a standing ovation at 6:50 p.m. as he approached a podium.” [Detroit News, 3/25/07]
– “Putting Democrats in charge of Congress would embolden terrorists and put Americans in danger, presidential adviser Karl Rove told local Republicans at a fundraiser Friday. […] The fundraiser, at Tucson Country Club, attracted other Republican candidates, including Congressional District 7 candidate Ron Drake and gubernatorial candidate Len Munsil, who used the opportunity to criticize his opponent.” [Arizona Daily Star, 9/30/06]
The truth is that Karl Rove is “the guy at the country club,” cozying up with the members for a few bucks.
Greg Sargent writes, “It should also be noted, of course, that Rove took a man who actually is a country club denizen who makes ‘snide comments’ about others — that would be George W. Bush — and turned him into a regular Joe.” Steve Benen adds, “Usually [Rove's] ugly attacks aren’t quite this silly.”