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WaPo: GOP Losses Will “Revoke” Rove’s “Genius Designation”

Today’s preemptive strike on Karl Rove in the Washington Post just seems bizarre to me (“Midterm Vote May Define Rove’s Legacy“):

“I believe Karl Rove,” Bolten said in an interview in his West Wing office Friday. “Karl Rove, somewhere inside that massive brain of his, has figured out the political landscape more clearly than the entire collection of conventional-wisdom pundits and pollsters in the entire city of Washington.”
That was true for two elections in a row, in 2002 and 2004, and President Bush’s senior adviser has insisted to West Wing colleagues and party faithful alike that it will be again. But Rove is just eight days from having his genius designation revoked — or upgraded to platinum status.

Maybe it’s true that Karl Rove will get most of the credit if the Republicans manage to maintain their majorities. But if the GOP loses, he won’t get the blame. There are just too many factors working against the Republicans that are beyond his control.
It’s no secret that liberal Democrats hate Rove because he beats them. With this article, it looks suspiciously like the Washington Post is trying to weaken him by making the case that a Democratic takeover should revoke his “genius designation.” It won’t.