In reporting Karl Rove’s attempt to find an analogy that Republicans could relate to to describe Barack Obama -- “You know this guy…he’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by” -- ABC’s Jake Tapper posed the question, at the same country club, who would Rove be?

The easy answer, of course, is “the guy who quit the club when it integrated.” But I think I answered this one last month in my article on the future of the Republican Party and conservatism:

While conservative pundits and some of their politicians are in a state of panic, political strategists like Karl Rove carry themselves with the confident swagger of an investment banker who just lost $2 billion of someone else’s money but still has the Fifth Avenue apartment and the house in Bedford.

--Mark Schmitt

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