Just when you thought Rupert Murdoch had bigger problems, he and his lieutenant Roger Ailes (head of Fox News) have been exposed as would-be Kingmakers in the Republican Party.
Petraeus, according to his own testimony, was approached 18 months ago by a key aide of Ailes who promised to bankroll a Presidential run. Petraeus said he was also approached separately by Rupert Murdoch.
Clearly, the thinking was that a General with a "war hero" image would easily beat President Obama in this year's election. Petraeus' reputation was based on the Iraq "surge" of 2006 that made the country quiet enough to justify a US withdrawal.
Petraeus' testimony will again call in question the GOP's relationship with the news network, which openly advocates for Republican causes. It will also raise the thorny question of the party's relationship to its wealthy backers, and whether it is truly a party of the people. This was emphasized when a Senator resigned today to head up a think tank (the Heritage Foundation) funded by wealthy and corporate interests.