National Review Online’s Jim Geraghty and Nick Confessore of the leftwing American Prospect are in rare bipartisan agreement: Karl Rove’s strategies could have the Democrats feeling increasingly boxed in. Confessore writes:
It’s a good strategy: Hit the Democrats at their weak points and force them into a defensive crouch. Split them over controversial issues like abortion and gay marriage. Get them to defend the most unpopular incarnations of their interest groups. And so forth. Rove’s strategy isn’t designed to pass legislation that a majority of the country wants and is in the national interest. It’s designed to destroy the competition, plain and simple.
If the Democrats play defense