When Karl Rove called Christine O’Donnell “nutty” on Tuesday night and said she didn’t have a chance to win the Senate race in Delaware, maybe he thought he was just talking straight to Fox News viewers. But since then, conservatives have been tearing Rove to shreds over his comments. Everyone from Rush Limbaugh to Sarah Palin to Michelle Malkin have effectively changed Rove “from keeper of the conservative cause to the next Jane Hamsher,” as TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro put it.
Which might be why Rove backpedaled so hard on Fox News today. See if you can spot the ever-so-slight change in tone:
Late Update: Rove is now retweeting Fox News about how he’s a “huge Tea Party fan” and dismissing the “establishment” label:
@KarlRove Latest @FoxNews Hit: Rove: ‘Huge Tea Party Fan’ – Rove balks at ‘establishment’ label http://ow.ly/192bpY