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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. . . .