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Karl Rove is losing it – for now
He's still the boss of the GOP, but boy did he blow it with Romney

BY CRAIG UNGER

Karl Rove is back as GOP party boss, but this time it’s clear that even the best-laid plans of the savviest political strategists often go awry.

That became obvious earlier this week, on September 25, when Missouri senatorial candidate Todd Akin reaffirmed that he was staying in the race in defiance of Rove, who had demanded Akin’s withdrawal and yanked American Crossroad’s millions from his campaign after Akin touted the prophylactic character of “legitimate rape.”

When pulling the Super PAC dough didn’t faze the stubborn Missouri Tea Partier, Rove went ballistic. “We should sink Todd Akin,” he declared, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. “If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”

Rove’s remarks did more than just reopen the schism between the GOP establishment he embodies and the Tea Party, which has begun to see him as a ruthless party boss. It also showed that the Republicans have another serious problem in addition to Mitt Romney’s disastrous candidacy: Karl Christian Rove.

Rove’s comment about Akin was not the first time this campaign that he linked himself to murder. At the Republican Convention in Tampa, in response to a question I asked him at a CSPAN-televised event, Rove falsely asserted that my new book, Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power, accused him of being a murderer—an apparent reference to the 2008 death of his computer guru, Mike Connell. Again, the “murder” comment was off point and completely unnecessary.

Let’s get this straight: Out of the blue, this highly disciplined, message-centric Machiavellian strategist has completely unnecessarily associated himself with murder. Twice. What is Karl Rove smoking?

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http://www.salon.com/2012/09/28/karl_rove_is_losing_it_for_now/

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