Rove & Co strike again

    You have to admire the chutzpah of American Crossroads, the political committee associated with Republican operative Karl Rove, which is running the ad above in places where President Obama is appearing to push his jobs bill.

    It’s full of the usual out-of-context cheap shots that political ads traffic in, but I particularly love the opening: “He raised our hopes, he seemed to understand….but today, he’s different.”

    Really? Obama raised the hopes of the folks at American Crossroads? You thought he seemed to understand? Sheesh.

    According to the Center for Responsive Politics, American Crossroads is already leading the pack in outside spending on the 2012 elections (from non-candidate, non-party committees), with $1.1 million in the game already. Just imagine what happens when they really get going.

     

    And a couple of Pennsylvania items of note:

    * Our own Mary Wilson has an interersting piece in her State House Soundbites blog about states not only cutting their assistance to local governments, but restricting towns and school districts from getting more revenue or taking steps to reduce their own costs.

    * If you’ve been following the debate over the proposal to change the way Pennsylvania’s electoral votes are counted, you’ll be interested in this piece by the Philly suburban blogger Above Average Jane on Republicans who are skeptical of the idea.

    * And this shocking news from TV wonk-land: Bill Bova, who’s hosted countless interviews with journalists and newsmakers on Pennsylvania Cable Network has left after 19 years to join the Harrisburg lobbying firm of Greenlee Partners as a senior associate. Good luck, Bill – don’t be evil.

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