Saturday, April 26, 2008

How can Barack Obama win keys to the White House? Karl Rove offers a few tips

April 26, 2008

Karl Rove suggested that race, far from hurting Barack Obama probably works in his favour

Karl Rove suggested that race, far from hurting Barack Obama probably works in his favour

Karl Rove, who masterminded the last two Republican victories in presidential elections, is gazing with undisguised relish at the giant target being painted on Barack Obama's back before the next one.

In an interview with The Times yesterday, he described the likely Democratic nominee as a “frail” candidate, who represents the values of an out-of-touch liberal social elite and demonstrates “tone deafness” to the concerns of ordinary Americans.

“You have probably seen this kind of guy at London parties, trailing ash from a fashionable cigarette into the carpet and making snide remarks about someone ‘being an abominable bore’,” Mr Rove said.

He suggested that voters have not heard the last of Mr Obama’s recent comments at a San Francisco fund-raiser, where he suggested small town Pennsylvanians were clinging to guns and religion because they were “bitter”.

The candidate sounded, Mr Rove said, as if he was following in the footsteps of his anthropologist mother “reporting on the exotic species of voter he had encountered in some dark corner on the opposite side of the globe”.

All this is a far cry from just a few short weeks ago when Mr Obama’s soaring oratory — his promise to heal racial divisions or transcend the partisan politics of an older generation — had Republican strategists regarding him with shock and awe.

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