In his Monday morning quarterbacking for Fox News, Rove made a HUGE tactical error (and gave his opponents a real boost) by igniting a large-scale right-wing furor over an ad that simply celebrates the indomitable, can-do side of the American spirit.
Clearly, Rove was off his game, as he turned what might have been a nonchalant water cooler conversation into viral, internet sensation, providing Chrysler (and, in his eyes, President Obama) with millions in free advertising, which, in turn:
- Drew attention to the fact that, three years ago, Willard "Mitt" Romney—and many other Republicans—would "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," in one of America's darker hours
- Gave the Democrats—and the Obama campaign—an opportunity to let a conservative icon make the Democrats' case that "Together, we saved not only Detroit, but also America from an economic apocalypse"
- Framed the GOP as the "Nattering Nabobs of Negativism," at a time when America really is clamoring for a way out of its economic (and societal) doldrums
- Stirred the Republican chattering classes (both the professionals and the folks who post to the comments sections of high profile articles and blogs) into a virulently renewed (and extraordinarily misinformed) anti-auto bailout frenzy at a time when such comments as "Let Detroit DIE!!!" will most assuredly frame the GOP "brand" as "heartless" and "out-of-touch" in the exact states which will (most likely) decide not only the presidential election, but also control of both houses of Congress: Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Pennsylvania
- Created a powerful, positive, association between Clint Eastwood, a conservative icon for almost five decades, and President Barack Obama—even though Eastwood was against the bailout and had no intention of being perceived as an Obama supporter
To Karl Rove, Richard Selby, and the rest of our friends on the radical right: WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU HUFFING? Seriously.
According to your former boss, President George W. Bush: "The immediate bankruptcy of (Chrysler and GM) could cost more than a million jobs, decrease tax revenues by $150 billion and set back America’s Gross Domestic Product by hundreds of billions of dollars."
Indeed, President Bush remarked at the National Association of Automobile Dealers convention: "Sometimes circumstances get in the way of philosophy... and that I didn’t want there to be 21 percent unemployment..... I didn't want my successor to be saddled with an additional economic crisis."
Kudos to you, President Bush! It's nice to know that unlike Mitt Romney and Karl Rove, you didn't want America to suffer through Great Depression II, with many more millions out of work, thousands of small businesses eviscerated, and soup-lines extending from Tennessee to Wisconsin.
Karl? Is that what you really wanted? Karl, are you angry that The Big Three are profitable and hiring, and Chrysler paid back its loans ahead of schedule? Seriously? Did you actually want the economy to become even worse because, as Senator Mitch McConnell declared, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.?" Is power more important than good governance?
NOTE TO KARL ROVE AND THE GOP: Save for 9-11, the Iraq War, the financial crisis, a ballooning deficit, and a few pesky little problems with No Child Left Behind, and a few scandals (including the leaking of an active CIA officer's name), President Bush enjoyed some pretty good years in office. Again, KARL. What on earth are you HUFFING? Is it the NOS from a modified 2012 Dodge Challenger? If President Bush had a hand in saving Chrysler and General Motors from oblivion, it would have been smarter to take credit for the win.
PERSONAL NOTE TO ROVE: Retire, already.