Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS PAC are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the senate — by campaigning to the left of incumbents Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan on behalf of Republican challengers Tom Cotton and Thom Tills. So blatant is this attempt in the latest round of TV ads that the Washington Post teased Rove with a headline that taunted him as a “bleeding heart liberal.” Reporter/blogger Greg Sargent said in the story that the two ad campaigns “show Republicans once again hitting Dems from the left on entitlements.” Salon ridiculed the North Carolina ad as the “dumbest of the season” so far, and it was almost identical to one run in Arkansas a few weeks ago. The Post and Salon are often wrong in their assessment of Republican strategies, but in this instance, they are right on the money. In the recent spots for both the Arkansas and North Carolina markets, the emphasis is on Social Security and plays on the fears that Pryor and Hagan both support raising the eligibility age for benefits. When you consider that incrementally and gradually raising the benefit age is a common sense conservative idea —
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