Today's Hot Topic: Rove's Farewell
Editorials: The NYT argues that even though Karl Rove is leaving the District of Columbia for Texas, "Congress needs to use all its power" to bring him "back to Washington to testify -- in public and under oath -- about how he used his office to put politics above the interests of the American people". The WaPo writes that if Rove is judged based on his ability to achieve his ultimate goal -- the creation of a long-lasting Republican majority -- he failed. "And if the manufactured polarization of the Bush-Rove years did not even serve its ostensible purpose," the editors ask, "then what was the good of it?" The WSJ argues that while Rove "is no Merlin or Rasputin, as much as liberals and some reporters want to believe it," he was "a formidable political force" for the Republicans. And the LAT argues that even though Rove is set to leave the White House at the end of the month, "Rove-ism" will linger. "In saying good riddance to Karl Rove, his critics need to remember that he had only the influence that Bush allowed him."
Columns: In the LAT, Jonah Goldberg labels Rove a "Napoleonic figure." He explains: " He won an impressive string of campaigns. He dreamed of erecting a new political order on the ashes of the old. He'd look awfully dashing in one of those bicorn hats. And, most of all, Rove -- who announced he will retire Aug. 31 -- stubbornly refused to depart the scene on a historic high note." In the NYT, David Frum accuses Rove of elevating political concerns over policy proposals. The question Rove "unfortunately ignored," Frum writes, was, "What does the nation need -- and how can conservatives achieve it?" WaPo columnist Robert D. Novak predicts that Rove's departure will "diminish the intensity of the Democratic assault" on the Bush administration. "The desire to get Rove has outlived the Plame case," Novak writes, "with Democratic lawmakers trying to make him the target in the firings of U.S. attorneys. Since there will be no impeachment proceedings against the president, Rove has been the best available surrogate" Novak's WaPo colleague Eugene Robinson argues that Rove doesn't really intend to retreat from public life: "I predict he'll be writing op-eds, giving interviews to friendly news outlets and calling Republican presidential candidates to warn them not to abandon Bush, no matter how low his approval ratings slide," Robinson writes.
By Rob Anderson |
August 14, 2007; 9:23 AM ET
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