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Karl Rove blasts Obama campaign video

We always knew Karl Rove was good at what he did. We just never realized how good. Rove, writing in the Wall Street Journal Thursday, offered an excellent rebuttal of President Obama’s recent campaign documentary.

The video “is riddled with . . . inaccuracies and misleading claims,” he writes in his op-ed.

In a deft, final stroke, Rove even dismisses Obama’s killing of Osama bin Laden as really no big deal.

“As for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation,” Rove writes. “Even President Bill Clinton says in the film ‘that’s the call I would have made.’ For this to be portrayed as the epic achievement of the first term tells you how bare the White House cupboards are,” Rove says.

Well, hard to argue with that.

Alas, our colleague Greg Sargent spotted a minor problem in the analysis.

It’s true that Clinton said “that’s the call I would have made,” Sargent noted in his blog, The Plum Line. “But here’s the full quote from Clinton, at the 12:30 mark in the film:”

“He took the harder and the more honorable path,” Clinton says on the video. “When I saw what had happened, I thought to myself, ‘I hope that’s the call I would have made.’”

Rove deftly left out the two little words “I hope,” which does alter Clinton’s quote ever so completely.

Awesome, truly awesome work. Worthy of the first-ever Loop Inspired Excision award.

*The Journal later added this: “Editor’s note: An earlier version of this column included an incomplete quote from Bill Clinton in the last paragraph.”

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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