Republican strategist Karl Rove said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama's poor leadership across the board had caused him in recent weeks to charge that "Republicans simply relish inflicting hardship on fellow Americans.
"This kind of reckless rhetoric would be problematic from any president," Rove, founder of the Republican super PAC Crossroad GPS, said in an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal
. "It's doubly disturbing from one who ran vowing, as he did in his 'A More Perfect Union' speech in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008, to end politics that 'breeds division and conflict and cynicism.'"
Rove cited recent Obama speeches attacking the GOP on its opposition to his healthcare law. In talks across the country and at the White House, the president has charged that "the one unifying principle in the Republican Party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care," Rove said.
The former deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush added, "thirty million, incidentally, is the number of people the Congressional Budget Office says will still lack health insurance even when Obamacare is fully implemented."
The Obamacare speeches prove that the president has "reverted to form," Rove said.
"To listen to his rhetoric, there are no honest differences with Republicans," he said. "His opponents are not wrong but wicked, motivated by vicious desires to hurt their fellow Americans and the country."
Rove also cited Obama's words from his 2008 speech when he accepted the Democratic nomination for president: "If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from."
"Since then, no man has done more to paint his opponents as those whom other Americans should run from," Rove concluded. "No president has so regularly questioned the motives of his political opposition.
"When it comes to governing, Mr. Obama may be epically inept," he added. "But give the president his due: When it comes to political slander and polarization, he belongs in a class all his own."
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