It's Karl Rove. There's always a catch.
On Wednesday night, the former Bush advisor chided Republican politicians for fueling rumors that President Obama was not born in the United States:
Within our party, we’ve got to be very careful about allowing these people who are the birthers and the 9/11-deniers to get too high a profile and say too much without setting the record straight.
In his denouncement of birtherism, Rove seems to be on the side of common sense. Ah, but then he delivers the typical Rove-style kicker:
He thinks the whole birther conspiracy -- and the fact that it won't ever go away -- is a liberal trap:
We need the leaders of our party to say, ‘Look, stop falling into the trap of the White House and focus on the real issues.'
In other words, according to Rove, the Obama administration created and spread -- and then continued to spread years later! -- the birther rumors in an effort to distract us all from his policy decisions. He's a tricky one, that Obama!
It's a brilliant spin by Rove, if you think about it. In fact, I'd be impressed if I wasn't so irritated. After a poll was released this week showing that an astounding 51 percent -- 51 percent! -- of GOP primary voters believe Obama is a foreigner, Rove will do or say anything to downplay this shocking number and paint his party in a better light.
Furthermore, by saying that birtherism is a liberal plot relieves the GOP of any responsibility for the spread of such a ridiculous rumor -- even though it played a key role in spreading it in the first place!
And I'm chuckling at the irony of Rove advising against spreading gossip -- when he is quite the gossip-monger himself. What a convenient time to take the high road, don't you think?
Do you think Obama was born abroad?