Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Can we stop the Rove fellating now?

For far too long politicos have swooned over Karl Rove like he was Corbin Bleu…

Granted, he did tower over his peers in the Bush(whacked) Administrationostly by just being competent. But it’s high time someone tells it like it is: Karl Rove has, for all intents and purposes, destroyed the republican party…

Rove was wrong about a LOT of stuff… actually let me rephrase that, he wasn’t just wrong… he was spectacularly wrong.

Yes, pandering to the republican base worked in the current, but it’s beginning to look more and more like the long-term effects of Rove’s wheelings and dealings could be potentially fatal to the gop.

When Rove entered the White House, he had visions of a “permanent” republican majority… and now, after 6 ½ years, the chances of that happening are highly unlikely...

A permanent 51% majority is an idea so utterly devoid of logic, that it’s hard to imagine someone taking it seriously… even if you did believe in it – and anyone with a brain shouldn’t - the smallest demographic shift would undermine this "brilliant" strategy.

In politics, there is nothing permanent about 51%… Joe Lieberman deciding to stop being a schmuck and acting like a Democrat again would alter that scant margin.

But Rove didn't just break the gop… he broke a president, an army, a plethora of laws, and the country.

And now… with Rove officially walking the plank… the fourth estate is having its way with him

And while the television media was kneeling in front of Rove toasting Rove yesterday, the print media was able to actually analyze Rove’s roll in the Bush presidency and this morning a lot of them unleashed polar opposites of what TV pundits had said (Hat tip to ThinkProgress)

  • Bloomberg: “[Rove] is quitting his White House job with little likelihood that the political agenda he set will be fulfilled…more recent attempts at major changes in the law — overhauling the Social Security and immigration systems — failed. … Rove’s vision of an enduring Republican majority was deat a blow by defeats in congressional elections last November.”

  • New York Times: “Mr. Rove leaves the White House anything but victorious. His legendary reputation…was seriously diminished by the Republican defeats of 2006. He is blamed in Republican circles for many of the political problems President Bush has suffered in a difficult second term.”

  • Chicago Sun-Times: “[I]t’s hard to believe he’d be going home if his grand vision of Republicans forever had held together instead of imploding.”

  • Salt Lake Tribune: “Fortunately, reality finally is catching up with Karl Rove. Lincoln famously said that you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time. Rove has pushed those boundaries, but ultimately, he could not escape them.”

  • LATimes: “[T]he politics of polarization that once served President Bush so well eventually undermined his quest for a legacy of achievement in office, while deflating Rove’s own dream of a Republican ascendancy at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. On Monday, Rove quit while he was behind.”

    Now with Rove gone, Bush is left to deal with the presidency using his own brain…

    God help us.

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