The head battle between former everything Hillary Clinton and political adviser Karl Rove has occupied the full attention of political observers for the past few weeks and will endure until 2016 And the beat goes on. And on. And on. And on.
It all started a couple of years ago when Clinton was hospitalized for a blood clot in her brain which Clinton doctors maintained did no damage and had no after effects. Everyone politely kept his own business to himself, which finally started to drive Karl Rove crazy. Rove was insulted by this lack of information.
"Thirty days in the hospital," (untrue) Rove commented to the reporter from Page 6 of The New York Post, "and when she reappears, she is wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury. We need to know what’s up with that."
And so the battle was joined. To repeat, Clinton’s doctors maintained she had not suffered a stroke and had no residual neurological damage. Republicans, however, have developed the persistency of a dog clutching a bone with all kinds of holes to help even the tiniest of claws get a purchase.
Newt Gingrich, who abides no friends among his foes nor foes among his friends, took the opportunity to besmirch Rove as a Republican consultant and loyalist. He concluded the double-edged attack with "To bring up that kind of thing and suggest that kind of thing is what keeps a lot of decent people from getting in public life because it ain’t worth the pain of that kind of attack.
Bill Clinton, of course, relishing the thought of what mischief he might cook up as chief cook and bottle washer as "first husband," has been champing at the bit. At a recent Washington conference, referring to Rove, he said, "I got to give him credit, that embodies that old saying that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. First, they said she faked her concussion. And now they’re saying she’s auditioning for a part on ‘The Walking Dead.’ "
Right from the beginning I have despised Karl Rove with the intensity of his first three wives. His first marriage, to socialite Valerie Mather Wainwright of Houston, impressed his father and sister, as being "so extravagant that we still recall it with awe." It took a few years to blot out that image.
A great deal of responsibility for the divisiveness of the United States in the last 20 years can be attributed to Rove and others of his ilk. Rove is a paid Fox Network broadcaster and on Nov. 7, 2012, he called the election with fellow host Megyn Kelly. He was obviously so against Obama winning that he tried to cast doubt on some of the numbers as they came rolling in, particularly in Ohio. It finally reached the point where Kelly stared at him in disbelief and asked, "Is that math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better? Or is this real?"
The interesting question is how many Republicans really heed Rove’s words or do his words just make them feel gutsier?
Milton Bass is a regular