Karl Rove is all over the place. Some days he’s in the establishment, and some days he’s not. And now he’s in… Europe? Well, sort of — Rove treated German magazine Der Spiegel to a pretty candid interview concerning the American political climate. “If you look underneath the surface of the Tea Party movement,” he told the newsweekly, “You will find that it is not sophisticated.” Ouch. He then boldly asserted, “It’s not like these people have read the economist Friedrich August von Hayek.” That’s certainly one way of saying, “I have read the economist Friedrich August von Hayek.”
In addition to slighting the Tea Party’s intellectual bona fides, he also told the German publication that he doesn’t believe that President Obama is a socialist but a “middle of the road social Democrat.” When asked if he thought Sarah Palin would be a good person to replace Obama, Rove answered with “I don’t know,” joining the company of people who have avoided giving Palin outright endorsements.
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