I’ve never understood why anyone would consider Karl Rove a "genius." He’s a bully and a sneak and an asshole, but there’s no way he’s a "genius." George W. Bush has never actually won a presidential election, not even as an incumbent running for reelection. I’m not just talking about the thefts in several states both in 2000 and 2004; I’m talking about Al Gore and John Kerry throwing away those two elections,
and making them close enough for the Republicans to steal.
Basically, Rove has one talent, and that is as "enforcer." He’s the guy who does the dirty work; the guy who makes the decisions to smear the hell out of people, and carries it out, daring people to stop him. if Dick Cheney is the Don Corleone of the current Bush Administration (you didn’t think it was Bush, did you?), Karl Rove is the Luca Brasi. Everyone’s afraid of this guy, including the entire Republican Party and more than a few Democrats. A case can be made that the current crop of Democrats are afraid of their own shadows, but nothing is scarier to them than the prospect of Karl Rove revving up the scandal machine and attacking them with it.
That’s absurd, of course. There is nothing fearsome about Karl Rove except for his enigmatic persona; he intimidates people because he has other people attack for him, and the fear of the unknown is a powerful tool. The reason he has other people go on the attack in his stead, however, is because he’s just a big pussy, and I don’t mean that in the "Sopranos" sense. The "Big Pussy" in that was named so ironically; right wingers don’t even get irony. Rove attacks through surrogates, because he has no principles, and he stands by that. Though Bush referred to him at today’s announcement as "friend," the term doesn’t fit, at least in terms that the rest of us would understand. You see, people like Rove and Bush don’t have "friends." They have "people who do things for me" and "people whom I will do things for, because they have done things for me." Oh, sure, Rove and Bush probably hang out occasionally, ripping the flesh off the bones of dead cows and pigs and saying nasty things about minorities, but that’s not friendship.
When you look at Rove’s life, you can see that friendship is not something Rove excels at; he’s a bastard, and one gets the sense that he’s a bastard even with people he refers to facetiously as "friends." He’s probably not a bastard while you’re doing what he wants you to do, but when you cross him, he will have no problem with ruining you. he’s the epitome of the "You’ll never work in this town again!" type of blowhard, which is not frightening in most professions, but for some reason politicians fear that more than anything.
Rove’s first political encounter, of course, came when in 1960, when he was working on Richard Nixon’s first campaign for president. He was nine years old at the time, and claims that he was beaten up by a Catholic Kennedy supporter, who just happened to be a girl. "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," Rove told the Deseret News in 2002.
Rove was supposedly a great debater in high school, and was elected student body president, at the same time he describes himself as a "total nerd." His relationship with the Bushies began in 1973, when he ended in a virtual tie with another brownshirt as the College Republicans chair. He was then chosen by George Herbert Walker Bush as chairman over his challenger, and Bush, Sr. became his mentor.
So, one has to wonder why someone who was so skilled that he was able to go from "total nerd" who was beaten up by a girl to chairman of the College Republicans, became a behind-the-scenes hatchet man, and eventual treasonous clown?
The answer is simple, of course. Karl Rove is a classic wingnut, like Bush, Cheney, et al, who could never be accused of putting America first. To these people, Karl Rove chief among them, ideology comes first, the Republican Party is the mechanism by which they implement their ideology, and the country is little more than the "mark"; the sucker who can be taken for as much money as possible, and who will sit still
while they turn the government into a state that is far more useful to the corporate oligarchy that they so favor. There is nothing to them except power. They don’t care about the people of this country, they don’t care about the Constitution… wait… let me restate that… they think the Constitution is a barrier to their ideology, and they have spent 6 1/2 years trying to undermine it. And through every attempt, Karl Rove’s hammy fingerprints are all over it.
Rove headed the White House Iraq Group, which created the strategy that led to war with a nation that was no threat to us at the time. He was one of the masterminds of the "rotating rationales" strategy, in which various reasons were given for going to war in Iraq, and they were rotated according to the audience and the necessity of the moment. No thought was given to fighting terrorism; in fact, the WHIG made it clear that they didn’t give a rat’s ass about going after the people who killed 3000 Americans on 9/11. No thought was given as to the troops and their families. The only concern was how to spread the military as thin as possible, and how to distribute the billions of dollars in defense contract money, while at the same time cutting taxes, and providing cover for cutting programs they deemed "unnecessary," such as school lunches and health care for children.
In fact, Rove turned even that horrible tragedy into a political football, when he is famously quoted as saying:
“Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare
indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. (Wingnuts) saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and
prepared for war.”
Rove is all about the money, folks. Make no mistake; public service has never entered his mind throughout his political career. He holds lots of phramaceutical stocks and regularly meets with drug company lobbyists. When he held $100,000 in Intel stock, he helped broker a merger that benefited him financially. And just like his buddy, Dick Cheney, Rove participated in those infamous energy policy meetings that are still secret, despite the fact that he held plenty of energy stocks.
The "faked" documents that CBS News cited regarding Bush’s National Guard "service" — you remember, the ones that contained no false information, but were simply not absolutely authentic, and which resulted in Dan Rather’s firing? They probably came from Rove. Rove had a very direct connection to the source of those documents.
There is also no doubt that Rove engineered the US Attorneys firing scandal and especially the cover-up. The cover-up is pure Rove; there was technically nothing legally wrong with the firings, and Bush would have been within his rights to fire the US Attorneys. But Rove knew that such firings, especially given that all of the attorneys were apparently fired for political reasons, would be political suicide for the Republican Party and the wingnut ideology. Remember; the ideology comes first; they want to destroy the government as it is, and remake it without the commerce clause; God forbid the United States government actually perform its Constitutionally mandated duty and regulate commerce.
But the worst thing Karl Rove did while working at the White House had to be to direct the outing of the identity of a covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame, and then order its cover-up. Basically, when Bush lied during a State of the Union address, and claimed that Saddam Hussein was trying to buy yellowcake in order to build his nuclear program back, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson revealed the lie. The Bushies, led by Rove, were incensed, and they proceeded to reveal to the press that Wilson’s wife was a covert CIA operative, in a show of "power" that was the most astonishing abuse of power in the history of the United States. And it was all engineered by Karl Rove.
I am glad to see Karl Rove gone from the government, but it’s simply not enough. When Congress comes back from recess, they should follow through with their subpoenas, and demand that that fat little "Turdblossom" be held accountable for his actions in undermining this country.
We shouldn’t be satisfied until Rove is frog-marched into Leavenworth…