10/18/2010 09:21 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Carl Forti: Karl Rove's Karl Rove

Democrats have targeted their long-time nemesis Karl Rove as the mastermind behind the tens of millions of dollars of ads from independent groups attacking their candidates this fall, but maybe they should have listened more carefully when Rove recently told the audience of Rush Limbaugh's radio show about "one of the smartest people in politics you've never heard of."

In fact, Carl Forti, the low-key career Republican operative Rove was talking about, may be the figure most intricately involved in the outside groups transforming the 2010 election season with a deluge of hard-hitting ads.

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