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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Rove Rage

He's leaving in two weeks, so why get bent out of shape by a political handler leaving with his legacy in tatters.

Because Karl Rove insists on spinning his web of deceit all the way out the door.

The fault with this country is those darn Democrats, Rove has spewed in forums as diverse as Rush Limbaugh to the New York Times.
“The dividers, over the last six years,” he said, “have been the Democrats, who have routinely said he was not elected, he’s illegitimate, he’s a liar, he deliberately misled the country.”
The argument over legitimate election is one for another day, fortified by a six-pack. Or two. Or three. Nor have a ever questioned Bush's parentage -- so I'm not sure what point Rove is trying to make about legitimacy.

But Bush's own record speaks loudly about lies and misleading the country. It's clear on Iraq and the false claims about weapons of mass destruction and the links between Saddam Hussein (and al Qaeda of Iraq) with Osama bin Laden and the 9-11 attacks.

He continues to fudge about what it will take to get out of a war that two-thirds of Americans oppose. A hint of the latest strategy was unveiled yesterday when one of his generals suggested to the Times that the troop withdrawal they have in mind are the men and women who comprised the surge and not the base that was already on the ground.

While standing for torture and against the constitutional rights guaranteed to Americans don't fall into the narrow categories Rove outlined, those "legacies" will surely be reflected in the history that Rove and Bush think will acquit them.

Domestically, we have a president who has left children behind and fostered an economic policy that favored the rich while ignoring the plight of the poor -- most notably in New Orleans. And for someone who campaigned to "restore" the office of the presidency, we learn the politicization of government has gone far beyond a few overnights in the Lincoln Bedroom.

But it is in the sphere of electoral politics that the Rove Legacy is there for all to see. The "uniter, not a divider" he has stage managed has divided this nation as badly as any times, perhaps as the Civil War.

And to be fair, Democrats have not been the only target. Look no farther than the 2000 South Carolina primary and the tarring of John McCain's war record and you see the origins of the Swift Boat Veterans attacks on John Kerry four years later.

And the Limbaugh Dittoheads were not too thrilled when the wrath of Karl was turned on them this year when they deigned to fall off the bandwagon on immigration.

The most offensive Rove sallies have come over 9-11, accusing Democrats (and independents and other free thinkers) who dare not to drink the Bush Kool-Aid as supporters of bin Laden.
"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," Mr. Rove, the senior political adviser to President Bush, said at a fund-raiser in Midtown for the Conservative Party of New York State.
Funny how despite all their efforts to suspend the Constitution, a jury convicted Jose Padilla in record time.

History will show Rove as an unrepentant divider, a man who placed political gain over whatever was right for the nation. Using 9-11 as a political tool to win the 2002 and 2004 elections was immoral.

At least Michael Deaver, who brought the art of artifice to the White House, stuck to pretty pictures rather than blood libels. And he was convicted of lying to Congress and a grand jury.

Go slide back under that rock Karl.

I'm off for some R&R. Thanks for stopping by and please come back when I crank things up again.

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