Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Karl Rove PAC takes scorched-earth approach to wiping Michael Bennet off the map

American Crossroads, a new conservative PAC getting a big push from Karl Rove, just spent more than $400,000 on a negative TV ad designed to wipe Michael Bennet's campaign off the map.

But then, Rove knows all about that.

Rove spent his early years in Kokomo, a town founded on the west side of Fremont Pass during the 1881 silver strike; the town boomed again during the glory years of the Climax Molybdenum Mine, where Rove's father worked as mining engineer. The family left the Colorado mountains for Arvada in the '60s -- but they didn't leave their home town behind for long.

That's because in the early '70s, when Rove was starting his climb to the top of the heap as the executive director of the College Republicans, mine managers came up with a brilliant way to dispose of Climax waste: They buried Kokomo under a pile of tailings.

The town was wiped off the map -- much as Rove would like to do to Bennet.

Maybe after that, Rove can turn his attentions to Tom Tancredo -- the man he once told to "never darken the door" of the White House again.

Here's the anti-Bennet ad:

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