Well, for once Karl Rove is speaking the unvarnished truth, talking about Jeb Bush choosing not to do a 180 on Common Core Standards like all the Republican cool kids (per The Hill’s Jonathan Easley):

Karl Rove says Jeb Bush’s support for Common Core education standards will be the biggest obstacle he faces as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination.

“Common Core is, I think, the biggest challenge he faces,” Rove said Tuesday on the Fox News show “America’s Newsroom.” “The question is, how can he defend high academic standards, which he believes in, when it has been conflated with the Obama administration.”

Read that last sentence a couple of time and marvel in it.

Rove, formerly the top adviser to Bush’s brother, President George W. Bush, said Common Core was originally a Republican idea put forth by Bill Bennett, the secretary of Education under President Reagan who was later appointed to a post in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

But Rove said President Obama has since grasped onto it, making it toxic to Republican voters.

“The Obama administration has gotten involved in this and some conservatives believe the administration is trying to push those [standards] down the throat of state and local governments,” Rove said. “So Jeb’s answer on how he defends this is going to have an impact on his standing with conservatives.”

I do believe that if Barack Obama refused to appear in public for a month or two without wrapping himself in the American flag, conservatives would start burning it.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.