Karl Rove gets simple facts wrong in his WSJ column.

In his Wall Street Journal column today, former Bush political guru and current informal McCain adviser Karl Rove criticizes Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) for using “his money advantage to launch the air war,” claiming that this “may not be as smart as it appears”:

roveface.jpgMr. Obama has used his money advantage to launch the air war. Starting June 20, Mr. Obama spent $4.3 million for 10 days of a televised, biographical ad covering 18 states. Mr. McCain countered on Monday with roughly $2.1 million for a week of ads in 11 states. Mr. Obama has now volleyed back, expanding his buy to 21 states for two additional weeks at a cost of $15 million – half for his original bio ad and half for a new ad on welfare reform.

But Rove’s analysis ignores the simple fact that it was actually Sen. John McCain who went on the air first. As the New York Post wrote on June 7th, McCain unveiled “the first major ad of the general-election campaign.” View the “launch of the air war” here.

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Rove is no stranger to bad math. In October 2006, he told NPR’s Robert Siegel:

I’m looking at all of these Robert and adding them up. I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I’m entitled to THE math.

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