Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Karl Rove: Not Fade Away?

John Dickerson, Slate's chief political correspondent, has an interesting piece at Slate.

Some choice quotes: "Rove could slip into oblivion... but I doubt it."
Yeah, me too. He's never been the kind of operative who just faded away. I think he's "happily resigned" from his very public position in the White House so that he can operate in the shadows from now until the Presidential election in 15 months. He's much more dangerous behind the scenes.

"A man so obsessed by history isn't likely to stand by while it judges him badly."
Not likely at all. But what he does over the next 15 months probably won't be known until several Bushites publish their memoirs in another 10 to 15 years.

"The strategy that emerged (in 2004) was one in which Rove and the GOP painted Democrats as dangerous to American security." Most base human instinct? Fear. Total focus of Bush Re-election campaign? Fear. Qualitative result of voting on the basis of fear? Look where we are!

"In Washington, (Rove) was physically in the White House, with his hands directly on the levers of policy-making." Between Rove, Rumsfeld, and Cheney - all GWBush has had to do is keep track of the conversation. How sad... no one ever cast a single vote for Rove or Rumsfeld or Cheney for POTUS, and yet they've made all of the most impactful decisions of the last 6 years.

"Even as he departed, Rove was predicting Democratic disaster around the corner."
Of course, the only real question is what role will Rove play in attempting to engineer this disaster? He's more clever than Nixon's Wategate gang. Stay tuned for the action, folks!