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Rush interview Karl Rove today. Transcript and audio here. Really great stuff. As the Corner debates the merits of Karl, I really think him leaving now is a tremendous asset to Republicans in 2008. With him out of the White House, he’s kind of free to take shots as he sees fit. And there are quite a few Democrats who’ve said some really nasty things about him that I’m sure he’d like to knock down a peg or two. Just one excerpt from a great interview:

RUSH: Well, since we’re talking about Mrs. Clinton, how about your assessment of the Democrat presidential field and where they’re headed?

KARL ROVE: Well, I don’t want to become a prognosticator. So I’ll simply repeat what I said publicly on the record. I think she’s likely to be the nominee, and I think she’s fatally flawed. I think that it’s going to be a tough general election. It always is at the end of an eight-year run. It’s very hard, if you look back in history, for a party to win a third term for that party. It happened in 1988 when 41 succeeded Ronald Reagan. It happened in 1948, if you will, when Harry Truman who had succeeded to the job won reelection. But between 1988 you have to go back to, literally, 1908 to find a real example of somebody succeeding at the end of two terms and even then TR had inherited the office on the death of McKinley. You know, it’s rare, but it can and I think will be done, but it’s going to be a tough race, and it will be against her.

RUSH: What are her fatal flaws?

KARL ROVE: Well, you know, you’re trying to make me into a prognosticator and I want to set a high tone here, on the high road, but look, she is who she is. There is no front-runner who has entered the primary season with negatives as high as she has in the history of modern polling. She’s going into the general election with, depending on what poll you look at, in the high forties on the negative side, and just below that on the positive side, and there’s nobody who has ever won the presidency who started out in that kind of position.


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