Outgoing White House adviser Karl Rove predicted Sunday that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee for president, but that she wouldn’t win because she "enters the general election campaign with the highest negatives of any candidate in the history of the Gallup Poll."
Clinton responded during Sunday’s Democratic debate by warning that anyone who wins the Democratic nomination would end up with high negatives. "The idea that you’re going to escape the Republican attack machine and not have high negatives by the time they’re through with you, I think, is just missing what’s been going on in American politics for the last 20 years," Clinton said.
Clinton said that she found it interesting that Rove is obsessed with her. "And I think the reason is because we know how to win," she said.
But some political strategists think the opposite — that Rove is trying more reverse psychology with Democrats in hopes that they reflexively rally around Clinton rather than choosing Barack Obama or John Edwards. Rove’s team used a similar strategy during the 2004 primaries when they criticized John Kerry in hopes that it would help keep Edwards from getting the nomination.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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