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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Growing Up Rove

posted by Jazz at 2/27/2005 09:10:00 AM


It's become the new fad among Bushies to downplay and scoff at any mention of Bush's Brain (a.k.a Karl Rove) by saying that "Democrats blame everything that ever happens in politics on Rove." In a particularly insightful column this Sunday, Dave Rossie counters that there's a pretty good reason for that.

While it is true that Democrats like to blame Rove for anything that smacks of political chicanery, it is equally true that there are reasons for it. As writer Nicholas Lemann noted in a 2003 New Yorker profile of Rove, politician-watchers in Texas tell a story about Rove bugging his own office on the eve of an election and then calling in the news media to proclaim his "discovery" of that treacherous act, which served to distract attention from his client/candidate's shortcomings.

Rove or one of his henchman is a suspect in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, and the disgraceful smear campaign against John McCain during the 2000 Republican presidential primary, when South Carolina voters were told that McCain committed treason while a prisoner of war in Vietnam and that he had fathered a child by a black prostitute, also bore what Lemann called "The Mark of Rove."

This is another winning piece by Rossi. He starts off by mentioning that New York congressman Maurice Hinchey (who is from up near my neck of the woods) recently aired his suspicions that Rove was involved in the planting of the fake "Rathergate" documents. Then, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, he takes Hinchey to task for it.

Hinchey offered no proof for his allegation, nor did he pretend to have any. Now what way is that for an elected official to behave in public? Suppose our president and vice president had declared publicly that they had proof that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons and stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons by way of justifying an invasion of Iraq.

What? Oh. OK, well, that's different.

Give Rossi a read and check in with him regularly. I think you might like him.