Country Club Metaphors

Sometimes the response from the left to a comment from Karl Rove is disgust. Sometimes (although far less often now than in the past) the response is begrudged respect for his skills. Today the response is well-deserved derision. Political Punch reports this latest attack on Obama from Rove:

ABC News’ Christianne Klein reports that at a breakfast with Republican insiders at the Capitol Hill Club this morning,  former White House senior aide Karl Rove referred to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, as “coolly arrogant.”

“Even if you never met him, you know this guy,” Rove said, per Christianne Klein. “He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by.”

This hardly seems like the type of attack to help John McCain with his efforts to attract working class voters. When the first example to come to Karl Rove’s mind is a scene of someone holding a martini at the country club, Rove is showing how much different he and the members of his party are from the working class voters they wish to attract. Besides, George Bush seems to fit this profile much better, right down to the smirk.

Jake Tapper sees some problems with putting Obama in this role at the country club, and questions who Karl Rove would be:

Interesting that Mr. Rove would use a country club metaphor to describe the first major party African-American presidential candidate, whom I’m sure wouldn’t be admitted into many country clubs that members of the Capitol Hill Club frequent.

But the picture Rove paints is interesting. Who, pray tell, is Rove at this country club?

The guy telling funny stories near the band?

The charming president of the club’s philanthropic arm?

The brainy guy with all the sports scores?

Or the guy who vandalizes your car and blames it on the kitchen staff?

I’d call him the guy who vandalizes the country–along with the smirking guy who is making the snide remarks.

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