Republican strategist and Bush family ally Karl Rove said that Hillary Clinton may be too “old and stale” to inspire voters in 2016 if she runs for president.
“In American politics, there’s a sense you want to be new. You don’t want to be too familiar. You want to be something fresh. You don’t want to be something old and stale,” Rove said during a Monday Fox News appearance. “Hillary may have the impression in people’s minds that she’s both the third term of Barack Obama … and a third term for Bill Clinton, which is now 20 years in the rearview mirror.”
In that 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow” to reinforce his message of freshness. The “yesterday’s gone” lyrics were employed against “stale” incumbent President George H.W. Bush.
Rove also said, according to Politico, that voters “don’t like people who have it sort of already made, they want to see a scrapper, they want to see a fighter.” Those comments, of course, could also apply to blue-blood Jeb Bush, whose father and brother have been elected to the White House. Even Bush’s mother, Barbara Bush, has suggested that the country may not want to elect a third Bush to the White House.
Rove has previously suggested that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage, which prompted Republican writer Kathleen Parker to declare that Rove’s comment may have handed Clinton, quite adept at playing the victim card, the presidency if she chooses to run.