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Ex-Bush Aide: Rove Raising Issue of Hillary’s Health

Republican strategist Nicole Wallace, who as communications director worked closely with Karl Rove in the Bush White House, said today that Rove was intentionally planting seeds to make Hillary’s health as an issue in the 2016 campaign by bringing up the blood clot she suffered in December 2012.

Karl did not raise the issue by accident. I worked with and for Karl for a long time. This was a deliberate strategy on his part to raise her health as an issue and, I think in his view, a legitimate line of questioning ahead of the next campaign. What’s interesting to me, and doesn’t seem to be in line with Karl, is that he had some of the facts wrong. She wasn’t in the hospital for 30 days.

Listen, this sounded pretty off the wall to me, but I worked for John McCain. His health was a question and issue every day of the campaign.

According to the New York Post, Rove told a conference:

Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.

Rove today asserted, “I didn’t say she had brain damage” but added that her health “will be an issue in the 2016 race whether she likes it or not.”

Clinton will be 69 years old on Inauguration Day 2016.

14 Responses to Ex-Bush Aide: Rove Raising Issue of Hillary’s Health

  1. Only 69 yr old? pfft…. a veritable youngster.
    I’m older than that now, and IMHO I’d make a wonderful, thoughtful, and fearsome President.
    If I were the Preezy, our enemies would fear us, our friends and allies would be comforted knowing we had their back, and the people of America could once more go about their lives without fear of their government. IMHO>

    • And you would get my vote, srdem.

      Rove is an idiot – Reagan was 69 when he was elected. He really needs to take that damn whiteboard of his and hit himself in the head a few times with it, before the DNC does.

      • Well, Reagan was “failing” toward the end…this was glossed over. The Alz. I am 70 and sure don’t feel like jetting around the world–more power to you, SrDem.

        • Of course they’ll be no jetting to and fro in my administration; they’ll have to come to my House if they want something. The front door will be open to all who wish to seek our help.
          No trips to fundraisers, no vacations other than home or Camp David, no silly photo ops with bulldozers or walking in warehouses, nada, nil. No golfing excursions, no trips to fast food or posh eateries, no way.
          I think my campaign motto will be “a new day”.

          Now back to the tea trolley for more inspirational thinking.

  2. I wouldn’t believe Nicole Wallace even if she told me water is wet. It may sound tin foil hatty but I suspect she took pay from the DNC to help destroy Palin and McCain. I’ll never understand why McCain hired her and Schmidt. They’re the ones who convinced him to suspend his campaign and return to DC to vote on TARP. Also, Wallace was friends with Katie Couric and scheduled that disastrous interview for Palin. Now Wallace defends Hillary. Why am I not surpised?

  3. Hillary has aged very badly since the ’08 campaign. Judging her strictly by her physical appearance, she does not inspire confidence. If I were to take a guess – I would say she is an alcoholic. Alcoholism also affects the brain.
    There is something peculiar about her now but I can’t put my finger on it. Her reaction to the ‘flying shoe’ incident was strange, to say the least. Her coy, cloying response to questioning about her ‘accomplishment’s’ is cringeworthy. There is nothing ‘presidential’ about Hillary. She looks like she is barely hanging on to the last vestiges of Bill’s presidency.
    If I were Hillary I would heed Tina Brown’s advice!

    • I noticed as well re: shoe thrown. She giggled and did a little half turn. I thought it was staged. You’d think that anyone entering would be carefully screened and unless the shoe thrower had 3 legs ….

      • I thought it was staged too. Isn’t everything about her staged? I agree with Lynn Cheney that the Monica revival is staged.

    • Didn’t Hillary fall and break her arm a year or so before she fell and got the concussion? And somewhere in between those two incidents she fell as she boarded a flight to Yemen. She beat McCain in a shot contest and then when she was campaigning she drank a shot (shots?) and chased it with a beer. Maybe that’s more common than I thought, as I’m not much of a drinker, but it seemed odd or out of place at the time. And the internet is flooded with images of her drinking. I’m sure your diagnosis of alcoholism is spot on.