The latest mass e-mail from Team Obama cites none other than Karl Rove approvingly — using his comments yesterday that McCain had gone “too far” in his attack ads to raise more money for the nutroots.
There’s ample room to criticize McCain (see, for example, here). Going far enough in challenging Barack Obama is not one of them, Mr. Rove.
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From: David Plouffe, BarackObama.com
Date: Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 3:16 PM
Subject: Karl Rove: McCain went ‘too far’
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