Today's Columns: Rove's Place in History

WaPo: Harold Meyerson predicts that future historians will have a hard time understanding why Karl Rove's contemporaries thought he was a political genius. "In fact," Meyerson argues, "Rove exhibited astonishing blindness toward some of America's most basic political realities -- in particular, a pervasive economic insecurity that undercut the prospects of the Bush administration's program".... Peter Beinart argues that if Republicans wish to find their way out of the political wilderness by 2012, they should take a cue from Democrats and invest in their own version of the Democratic Leadership Council, a "third-way" Democratic non-profit and think tank.

NYT: Mohsin Hamid notes that Pakistan is turning 60 this year and hopes that the landmark birthday "brings with it the obligation to shed some illusions." He explains that his "wish for our national anniversary is this: that [Pakistanis] finally take the knife we have turned too often upon ourselves and place it firmly in its sheath".... Ramachandra Guha explains why India and Pakistan seem destined to fight more wars despite their "shared culture, cuisine and love for the game of cricket."

WSJ: Stephen Hayes argues that despite the vice president's unpopularity, Americans "need more Dick Cheney." The "policies he has advocated have been controversial," Hayes writes, but "they have also been effective."

Plus: Henry Kaufman on why the Federal Reserve must formulate "a monetary policy approach that strikes the right balance between market discipline and government regulation."

USA Today: Robert Lipsyte urges Americans to organize into "a Patients Union," which we be a "combination civil rights, legal affairs and personal advocacy support system" that would attempt to raise the level of healthcare service in the United States.

By Rob Anderson |  August 15, 2007; 9:07 AM ET
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