Saturday, August 30, 2008

Rove Criticizes VP Choice of Governor/Small Town Mayor

What's good for the goose is not good for the Rover. Back before Barack Obama made his selection of Joe Biden as running mate, Karl Rove claimed that he would probably make the "intensely political choice, not a governing choice" of picking a VP who could help him win a marginal state like Virginia. And then Rove set out to criticizing Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as an "undistinguished" service of three years and a "Mayor of the 105th largest city in America."

Here's the video of Rove's comments:

Now that both VPs have been selected, it's obvious that Obama did not take a page out of the Rove play book as predicted in order to make an "intensely political choice." Why? Because of Biden's experience, credentials, and long-term leadership even as he comported himself an exception to beltway culture. The choice of Biden helps the country more than it helps Obama.

And who is the only presidential candidate left who could be criticized for picking a short-term Governor and a small town Mayor? (Hint: He can't recall how many houses he owns).


UPDATE: Sully's response to Rove's comments:
[Sarah] Palin has been governor for less than two years of a state with 600,000 people, compared to Virginia's 8 million. Before that, she was mayor of a town with 6,000 inhabitants, compared to Richmond's 200,000. Someone able to become president of the United States at a moment's notice? Politically, I have no idea how this will play. As an act of presidential governing, as McCain's first real presidential decision, it was and is fundamentally unserious.

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