Monday, August 13, 2007

Ding-dong the Turd is gone:

The WaPo reports:

"Karl Rove, the architect of President Bush's two national campaigns and his most prominent adviser through 6-1/2 tumultuous years in the White House, announced today that he will resign at the end of the month."

Rove claims that as much as he'd like to stay, "I've got to do this for the sake of my family."

Uh huh.

Why am I having a hard time actually believing any of this? In Washington spending 'more time with your family' more usually means spending more time with your lawyers. He is currently under a subpoena to appear in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, isn't he? That couldn't have anything to do it, could it?

No, not at all, he's simply retiring from an administration that is happily humming along, basking in the glow of two widely successful terms. The new Republican dominated century he dreamed of is going according to plan and construction of the George W. Bush monument on the Mall is nearing completion as we speak.

Why would a man who has spent his entire adult life trying to get back at the Democrats for having gotten beat up by a little girl suddenly decide to cut and run if there isn't another shoe about to drop? Some smells very fishy about this whole thing.

But you wouldn't get that impression from listening to NPR earlier today. Their crack White House reporter David Green was waxing rhapsodic on Day to Day about the Turd Blossom, fondly recounting MC Rove's rap act in front of a very friendly press corp.

'You know, that whacky Karl Rove, he's not such a bad guy. Sure he plays rough with the opposition, launching whispering campaigns about black babies and going after the wives of opponents who dare cross him, but when all is said and done, he's just a regular Joe. Sure, it may say in the text books that the Fourth Estate is the guardian of a free and well informed democratic electorate, but we all know we're all on the same team.'

No need to delve into Rove's history of dirty tricks and underhanded partisan tactics that have so coarsened the political debate in the country over the past 6 1/2 years. And what can you say about a guy who leveraged the destruction of the World Trade Center and the deaths of almost 3000 Americans on 9/11 into two wars and two successful political campaigns? Anything is fair game to Boy Genius.

Yes indeed, the Republicans sure have a lot to be proud having had Karl Rove on their side. His brilliant plan to ensure GOP hegemony for the next 100 years resulted in a stunning loss of the both Houses of Congress and more than likely total Democratic control, for better or worse, of the executive and legislative branches in '08 and into the next decade.

But they can take comfort in Rove's prediction to Paul Gigot that W.'s "will move back up in the polls," and "Iraq will be in a better place." I feel better already.

Rove's fans may think his strategy of focusing on getting out the religious nut vote while at the same time blocking minorities in Florida and Ohio from voting was a brilliant scheme, but you can't build a national movement on that alone.

The "Party of Lincoln" seems to have forgotten Honest Abe's admonition that: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."


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