Republican strategist Karl Rove appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace today, where he said that bringing up Barack Obama’s former pastor at this point is “stupid.”
“Speaking from the perspective of the Super PAC you want to try to do things that you think will be helpful to the candidate and not things that will be hurtful,” Rove said, “and frankly, trying to dredge up Jeremiah Wright– right or wrong– after this issue was litigated four years ago by John McCain deciding not to litigate it, was stupid…”
He continued: “I thought it was very smart for the Romney campaign immediately to go out and denounce the tactic. It certainly sent a message to everybody in America what they want the campaign to be about, and it certainly sent a message to people involved the Super PACs: Don’t be doing stupid things like this.”
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However, when the issue was previously discussed, it was largely in the context of evaluating Wright’s character and how much Obama sympathized with his views, seeing as he sat in the man’s church for twenty years and had him baptize his children. How can a man of God say “G-d damn America” and see the world in terms of “collective salvation?” have been the primary questions.
Now, however, after the release of Ed Klein’s book “The Amateur” and the associated Jeremiah Wright interview tapes, the questions have changed significantly.
According to Wright, an individual from the Obama camp offered him $150,000 to stay quiet until after the 2008 election. This becomes an issue of potential bribery and gross media oversight– especially in light of the fact that the world knows about an alleged hair cut given by Mitt Romney roughly fifty years ago.
While it is justified for the Romney campaign to stay “on message” and hammer home the disgraceful state of the U.S. economy, is it impossible to also point out the new connections and reports regarding Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama?
Regardless, David Axelrod is still slamming Romney for his “treatment” of Wright: “We’ve said [Romney’s faith is] not fair game, and we wish that Governor Romney would stand up as strongly and as resolutely, consistently, to refute these kinds of things on his side. Instead, he’s amplified them in the past and he’s put logs on that fire and that’s not leadership.”
(H/T: Gateway Pundit)