Is Rove Relevant?

by TChris

Seeking to interview Karl Rove, the New York Times refused the administration's inevitable attempt to control the message:

The White House said that Mr. Rove would consider an interview for this article if it were conducted off the record, with the provision that quotations could be put on the record with White House approval, a condition it said was set for other interviews with Mr. Rove. The New York Times declined.

The Times isn't alone in telling Rove to stuff it.

When political control depends upon the unwavering loyalty of party members, the party's greatest fear is internal dissent. Karl Rove excelled at quashing disagreement with the president's message, often orchestrating attacks upon the integrity of those who publicly aired their opposition to the president's policies.

Rove's power depended upon his ability to punish disagreement with a popular president. In 2006, disagreeing with the president may be essential to electoral victory.

Mr. Rove's associates say he appreciates the need of candidates to distance themselves from the White House to win. But he was described as angered by candidates who he thought were going too far in criticizing Mr. Bush out of concern that attacks could further damage an already weakened president, they said.

Republicans no longer find it politically profitable to sell shares in the imaginary paradise over which the president rules. After six years of failing to deliver on promises to eliminate gay sex, pornography, abortion, and flag burning, Rove can't even count on the evangelical base to rescue Republicans. Rove may feel high after escaping indictment, but he's delusional if he thinks an "unrelenting focus on terrorism" will be enough to assure Republicans victories in November. Focusing on the administration's failures (a diversion of attention from bin Laden to Iraq, inadequate port security, politically motivated "threat levels") can scarcely be considered a smart strategy for Republicans.

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  • Re: Is Rove Relevant? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Sep 02, 2006 at 09:01:09 PM EST
    I guess the NYT is shocked, shocked, I tell you! Perhaps the NYT has finally been shamed into stopping its shilling for The Bush League - but only after Bush has been wounded beyond measure. Remember when the NYT used to lead the charge instead of merely bring up the rear? And, NO, Rove is NOT irrelevant. That question can only be definitively answered after the midterms.

    Re: Is Rove Relevant? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Sep 03, 2006 at 07:34:32 AM EST
    See a tongue-in-cheek visual of Karl Rove singing his familiar songs with his usual ensemble...here: www.thoughttheater.com

    Re: Is Rove Relevant? (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Sep 03, 2006 at 10:47:40 PM EST
    The problem with the gop of Karl Rove is that they are expected to be a herd of sheep. That is one of many many reasons I could never be a republican. They call them disciplined. Ha. I call them mindless sheep. This includes the MSM. However, I do like the way the NYT is getting a bit restless with this stricture. Too bad the WaPo is still playing sheep.

    Re: Is Rove Relevant? (none / 0) (#4)
    by profmarcus on Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 06:41:38 AM EST
    as long as karl rove has even a pinky-toe's worth of influence in national politics and/or policy, we are all in deeply dangerous territory... And, yes, I DO take it personally

    Re: Is Rove Relevant? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 10:44:49 AM EST
    All this anti-Rove rhetoric! Why do you people hate America so much? You're either with us or against us. You people are nothing but a bunch of Nazi appeasers. We need to fight them over there instead of over here. Freedom is on the march. Victory. Now, c'mon, America -- we've focus-grouped all of these phrases and we know they work. Get with the program.

    Re: Is Rove Relevant? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 10:44:49 AM EST
    Until the head is completely separated from the body, the poisonous snake remains very dangerous, need one say more?