Hillary Rodham Clinton (Matt Rourke/AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

Karl Rove has done both Hillary Clinton and Republicans a favor. At a conference in California last week, Rove wandered into questions about Hillary Clinton’s health. He should have known better, but here we are.

Since these comments were made public, Democrats have enjoyed themselves, having a field day railing against Rove and hyperventilating at what they insist are low-ball tactics. The swooning, fawning, more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger, the horror of it all is almost too much to bear. The faux grief and outrage on full display has been remarkable. Gag me.

With all the noise, you would think many in the mainstream media and Democratic pundits believe this could be the last chance they will have to lay prostrate in front of the Clintons. Cheer up my Democratic pals — there is plenty of time and there will be many more suitable occasions. And, by the way, just to state the obvious, all this has been a net plus for the Clinton campaign. The question of her health records has been booby-trapped or purged altogether, her opponents are intimidated and there will likely be some lingering sympathy for the former secretary of state.

Meanwhile, this whole affair serves as a good warning to Republicans. Danger: Hillary Clinton may be even more protected by the the left-wing media than Barack Obama. I know, you’re thinking that is impossible. But perhaps the left has only practiced and perfected its skills with this president and will unleash the full force of its fury at any threat to Clinton. Would anybody make a peep if it were suggested Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) might have to release his medical records if he runs for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016? I don’t think so.

So Rove has revealed the iceberg that everybody knew was there, but it is bigger and even more jagged than anyone guessed. Republicans are on notice.


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