Okay, so Karl Rove clearly wasn’t looking to do any favors for George Pataki or Michael Bloomberg with his Coulter-ish comments to the New York State Conservative Party about liberals and September 11.
Given that this is a very, very smart political operative who doesn’t do things by accident, I’m assuming Rove knew just how inflammatory the comments would be, and that he was thinking about a bigger stage than New York when he made them. It’s a good bet that his performance is part of some broader national strategy featuring a rhetorical shift by the Bush administration from social security (which hasn’t worked for them) back to plain old life-and-death security (which has).
Whether or not Rove’s incendiary comments were part of some grand machination, though, New York Democrats are looking to make sure that it’s two local Republicans who are stuck cleaning up the debris.
Here’s Hillary demanding that the governor repudiate Rove.
And here are the headlines from three press releases I got within the last hour or so:
1) “FERRER TO BLOOMBERG: CONDEMN ROVE AND CALL ON PRESIDENT BUSH TO DO THE SAME”
2) “FARRELL CALLS ON GOVERNOR PATAKI AND NEW YORK REPUBLICANS TO REPUDIATE ROVE EFFORT TO MANIPULATE SEPTEMBER 11TH FOR POLITICAL GAIN”
3) “State Democratic Chair Blasts Bloomberg for Failing to Repudiate Rove”
You get the idea.