Great article in the latest Economist on the troubles of the US right
ROVE: You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I'm entitled to THE math.
SIEGEL: I don't know if we're entitled to a different math but your...
ROVE: I said THE math.
Wow. Now to wait for the story behind the story because with this crew, things are never what they seem.
Judging by the number of Democrats who want to lynch Karl Rove, he did a damn good job.
"There was a little girl across the street who was Catholic and found out I was for Nixon, and she was avidly for Kennedy. She put me down on the pavement and whaled on me and gave me a bloody nose. I lost my first political battle."*
"I was the complete nerd. I had the briefcase. I had the pocket protector. I wore Hush Puppies when they were not cool. I was the thin, scrawny little guy. I was definitely uncool."*
"The secretary of education [Margaret Spellings] was ready to talk student loans and No Child Left Behind when interviewed by Washington Post editors and reporters last week. So maybe she was taken aback when asked why she turned down Karl Rove when he asked her out in the early ’80s....Spellings paused, then said: 'Have you met Karl Rove? He was so inept and so inartful,' she added. 'I mean, I couldn’t even understand.'"*
“On Fox News today, host John Gibson asked White House spokesperson Dana Perino what the White House will be like ‘sans Rove.’ Perino responded: ‘You know, there is no doubt that it’s going to be different around the White House. Some things that people don’t know about Karl is that like on Fridays, he started ‘Ice Cream Fridays,’ and he would bring around ice cream to all of the staff.’
Perino added: ‘And when you’re doing your West Wing tours, he will point to you and say, ‘Dana, you are needed in the West Wing immediately. The President needs your advice on something.’ And it just thrills the tourists. He’s such a fun-loving guy.’”
"[Rove] is quitting his White House job with little likelihood that the political agenda he set will be fulfilled…
[F]ew people — including his Republican allies — believe Rove succeeded...
Mr. Rove leaves the White House anything but victorious....
Karl Rove leaves the White House unbowed and unindicted, but also under investigation and unsuccessful...
[I]t’s hard to believe he’d be going home if his grand vision of Republicans forever had held together instead of imploding.
[T]he politics of polarization that once served President Bush so well eventually undermined his quest for a legacy...
Fortunately, reality finally is catching up with Karl Rove."
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