From Minnesota, we hear from Politicker ME that Karl Rove told the Maine Republican delegation to the GOP Convention that Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., a "big, blowhard doofus."
"He’s a great American," Biden responded with more than a hint of sarcasm when asked about Rove’s comments on a Monday evening flight from Scranton, PA, to Wilmington, DE.
"Apparently he didn’t get the memo," the Delaware senator added, referring to his belief that due to Hurricane Gustav both parties should refrain from partisan politics for the moment.
"So can we call you Senator Doofus now?", a reporter asked the veep candidate.
"You can call me anything you want," Biden responded. "I learned a long time ago you can call me anything you want."
Once Gustav has passed, the Delaware lawmaker predicted that neither campaign will have any problems getting back to business on the trail.
"I don’t think people will have any trouble resuming the campaign – Karl didn’t hesitate," Biden concluded.
Notified of Rove’s comments earlier Monday, Biden spokesman David Wade said in a statement, "It’s more than a little sad that with another hurricane heading for the Gulf Coast, Karl Rove is up to the same old attack politics that he practically patented while helping dig a deep hole for our country to get out of. Americans expect better, especially at a time like this."
- Jake Tapper and Matt Jaffe