The John Kerry Playbook: Lie and smear

What is it about Karl Rove that gets under the skin of Democrats?  

A fundraising letter from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, signed by John Kerry, froths at the mouth about "Rove's shadowy  groups":

We know Karl Rove's playbook. Lie. Smear. Win at any cost...the money we raise now will determine if we can counter Rove's dirty tricks. Last week alone, Rove and his billionaire cronies spent $11 million to attack good people like Russ Feingold and Barbara Boxer. They're trying to buy a Senate majority for Tea Party radicals Sharron Angle, Rand Paul and Christine O'Donnell.

Curious, because after the Delaware primary, Rove's criticism of Christine O'Donnell turned into a widely publicized skirmish with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.  Rove appeared to be the voice of the Republican establishment attacking a Tea Party candidate.

Rove's "billionaire cronies" at American Crossroads have financed ads in Nevada, Colorado, New Hampshire, Ohio and Missouri.  To date, nothing in Delaware. Furthermore, the group repeatedly denies that Rove is the evil mastermind behind their actions.

So John Kerry's accusation that Rove is trying to buy the Delaware Senate seat for Christine O'Donnell is not factually accurate.  One might even call him a liar, but that would be descending to the smear tactics of those "radical fringe" Tea Partiers.