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Bern This! Why is Karl Rove a “Bernie Bro’?”

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Karl Rove

COMMENT: An act that speaks eloquently for itself is Karl Rove’s American Crossroads organization and its support for Bernie Sanders. Rove does NOT agree with Sanders’ policy points. He knows that Sanders doesn’t stand a chance in a general election. Recent polls showing Sanders doing better against Donald Trump that Hillary Clinton fail to account for the decisive fact that the GOP attack machine and its echo chamber/amen chorus in the right-wing media consortium have not focused their fire on Sanders.

If they were to do so they will note that:

“Bernie Sanders’s Conservative Fanboys” by Jackie Kucinich; The Daily Beast; 2/22/2016. [25]

. . . . American Crossroads—founded by former Bush adviser Karl Rove—and several other conservative-backed super PACs have spent the last month intentionally fueling the Bern, but their zeal has more to do with an effort to weaken Hillary Clinton, whom they still see as the likely Democratic nominee and harder to defeat in the general election.

In the wake of Clinton’s close Nevada win [26], Crossroads claimed credit for driving her numbers down in favor of Sanders.

“American Crossroads and Bernie Sanders helped Nevada caucus-goers see right through Hillary Clinton’s manufactured zeal on immigration reform after spewing virulent Trump-like rhetoric—and that one-two punch shaved Clinton’s 50-point lead a year ago to a slim, single digit win,” Steven Law, Crossroads CEO and president, said in a statement.

Crossroads is one of several groups that has released ads that have been aimed at branding Sanders as the only true progressive in the race—a strategy the Vermont senator’s campaign also embraces.

“If it helps push the needle so that she loses a state, and she comes out a weakened candidate, then fantastic,” said Ian Prior, communications director for Crossroads.

On Monday, Future 45, a super PAC reportedly backed [27] by hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, launched the latest in its own series of ads that seem to defend Sanders. . . .

. . . . Still, the Clinton campaign has cried foul, noting that Sanders’s supporters have been echoing Republican attacks on Clinton and that he certainly has not been rejecting the ads. . . .