Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Building a following

Here we’ve all been focused on the culty messiahesque Barack Obama phenomenon.

And yet, the bigger story may well be the following that Karl Rove is building.

We previously covered his efforts to bring in the MSM through his work at Newsweek

[Newsweek editor Jon] Meacham said Mr. Rove had been received surprisingly well in the magazine’s newsroom, where he has been a reliable colleague who files his articles on time and works diligently with fact checkers.

"After one editor dealt with him," Mr. Meacham said, "the editor called me and said, 'This just complicated my world view. I may like Karl Rove.'"

But now he is bringing in numerous Clinton backers through his work on Fox:

Presidential historian Sean Wilentz—who’s also a New Republic contributing editor, Bob Dylan enthusiast, and prominent Clinton backer —talked to MarketWatch about campaign coverage.

And like many Clinton supporters these days, he didn't shower praise on CNN or MSNBC.

[Wilentz] said the best coverage by far came from the Fox News Channel. Wilentz observed that Karl Rove, contributor to Fox News and architect of Bush's two successful presidential campaigns, among others, had sounded "very, very knowledgeable."

"What it showed is that the reporting of politics doesn't have to be bad," Wilentz said. "If you respect your audience without a partisan imperative, then you can have some sophisticated reporting."

Wilentz now joins Fox-loving Clintonites like Ed Rendell, Terry McAuliffe, and Lanny Davis.

And finally, he is succeeding in bringing Clinton herself into his following:

PRESTONSBURG, Kentucky (CNN) – Hillary Clinton defended her reasoning for staying in the presidential race Monday afternoon by pointing out that Karl Rove's analysis shows her to be the strongest candidate against John McCain in November.

“There has been a lot of analysis about which of us is stronger to win against Sen. McCain, and I believe I am the stronger candidate,” said Clinton, repeating a line from her stump speech.

Then she veered from her usual argument.

“Just today I found some curious support for that position when one of the TV networks released an analysis done by - of all people - Karl Rove, saying that I was the stronger candidate,” said Clinton. “Somebody go[t] a hold of his analysis and there it is.”

We know of Rove’s ultimate goal. And while we are left speculating how this particular move of turning Team Clinton, including Hillary, into Rove Followers specifically helps advance that goal, we’ll dub it “Operation Hell Hath No Fury” in educated-guess anticipation.

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