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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That this fat little f_ck is getting this much press is sickening.

Posted by: spike59101 | August 14, 2007 11:34 AM

I agree with spike59101. Good riddance to bad rubbish. The pundits go on and on, don't they? Some say Rove had a brilliant mind. I think crafty, twisted, and self-serving might be more descriptive. Certainly no legacy of any value, that's for sure. What a guy. There goes Bush's brain. So I guess W's on autopilot now?

Posted by: Altec Lansing | August 14, 2007 12:56 PM

Good riddance to an ugly in all ways man, who divided this nation to the detriment of the world.

Posted by: joe_sixpack | August 14, 2007 01:39 PM

Carl Rove, just another rat deserting a sinking ship. Good by and good riddance, Turd Blossom. May we never see or hear from you again!

Posted by: Proud American | August 14, 2007 02:32 PM

From the Huffington Post, on Rove's leaving:
"Although he has thus far managed to avoid charges, Rove will always be connected with the treasonous act of leaking the name of a CIA agent. People who buy into the notion that it was an accidental slip by Richard Armitage in a conversation with Novak are perpetuating the kind of naiveté that makes Rove's work easier. Armitage had the expertise, political convictions, connections to Novak, and the separation from the White House to make him the perfect person to deliver the information about Ms. Plame. Rove developed the plan and used the zealousness of Vice President Dick Cheney, his myopic attorney David Addington, and Scooter Libby to execute the scheme. While our nation is in a war that is largely a product of Rove-designed deceptions, he leaked the name of an agent who has put her life at risk to protect our country from weapons of mass destruction and he did so for no other reason than silence future critics of the administration and exact revenge. The fact that Karl Rove has not been tried for sedition and treason ought to trouble every American who still believes in those things that have long been held to be good and right and true about our country."

Posted by: A Citizen | August 14, 2007 03:11 PM

Carl Rove maybe a brilliant genius in comparison to Bush but he power came from his "boss". As Truman said "the buck stops here" and Bush is personally responsible for the actions of his "boys"

Posted by: JaxLady | August 14, 2007 04:17 PM

OK, Rove was bad. Bush is a disaster... but who facilitated Rove's devious plans and who elected GW Bush president TWICE? The American public. We really need a bit of time on a beach, exploring our navel and trying to figure out what, deep in our psyche, led to the myopia and outright stupidity that we put in office this clown and his band of merry pranksters.

Posted by: Harkish | August 14, 2007 08:36 PM

I have never understood why this sick, twisted, destructive, corrosive, manipulative thug gets so much credibility from the media pundits.

I can only conclude that these denizens of the beltway worship power for power's sake, and find his so-called accomplishments to be impressive.

Good riddance Turd Blossom!

Posted by: CutNRun | August 14, 2007 08:54 PM

Good at what he did. Getting incompetent crimminals elected. Bad for our country. Getting incompetent crimminals elected.

Posted by: | August 14, 2007 09:45 PM

A Citizen's post above sums it up pretty well. Rove lost some of his luster after the Republican disaster last November when they lost both the House and the Senate. It was not pretty to watch all of them turn their backs, cover their own backsides, and just let their boy Libby get publicly skewered. A commute and future pardon being the only consolation prize.

Love him or hate him, Rove can get it done for someone seeking office. How many of the current Presidential contenders have already contacted him? He knows every deep pocket in the land. He has contacts who are centers of influence in every nook and cranny. He knows how to spook the crap out of all the swing voters and make them believe non-issues are important and real issues don't matter. He can cut a democratic candidate down into anything he wants him to appear to be. I do not think we have seen the last of Rove.

Posted by: FatRaiderFan | August 15, 2007 05:28 AM

Good riddance. So called 'brain' is gone. Wish all the brainless bodies went with him.

Posted by: Vim Malhotra | August 15, 2007 02:39 PM

Good riddance. So called 'brain' is gone. Wish all the brainless bodies went with him.

Posted by: Vim Malhotra | August 15, 2007 02:40 PM

As bad as he was and as destructive as he remains...Gonzales is in the long run the man that provided (and still provides) the legal cover for Brainless and his cohort. GONZO NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED, NOW! to prevent further damage to my country....DO YOUR JOBS, CONGRESS!

Posted by: Clara Geno | August 15, 2007 04:26 PM

What the Press is not saying:

Rove is evading punishment for violating the Hatch Act, esp. regarding the PowerPoint in the Doan GSA/Jennings investigation, and other instances of its presentation.

The White House Office of Special Counsel will be unable to take action against Rove once he no longer works for the executive branch. Expect some announcement post Sept. 1 regarding their findings re: Rove.

The Office of Special Counsel, ... Loren Smith, a spokesman for OSC, said .... while the Hatch Act investigation will go on, OSC would be unable to take action against any individuals found to be in violation if they no longer work for the executive branch.

"Once a person leaves government service, they are out of our jurisdiction," Smith said.

Posted by: anonoman | August 15, 2007 08:14 PM

Getting rid of this pond scum is the hi-light of August so far. What is really troubling is not being able to get at him. The rightist neo-cons who have compromised our country claim these are witch hunts. Let them. It only enforces the fact they are hiding what they are really trying to do. Bush aside, Rove as the architect, was trying to degenerate the US of A into third world status. In the Third World you have allegiance to politics first, you have nepotism, and you have polarization for the sake of the political party and you forget the needs of the populace. Along with Tom Delay, Rove has destroyed the credibility of the country. He force fed us through lies and inserted clearly the most incompetent dipstick into the White House thanks to billionaire Texas oilmen. When appointments to demanding capabilities, FEMA's Brown and the like are nothing but rewards for fund raisers and you get disasters like Katrina. Their stench has permeated the INS, the National Science Foundation, the NIH and now thanks to Gonsales even the Department of Justice and onward. The Soviets used to have "political officers" embedded in everything to insure party policies. Their goal was not dissimilar. The stench of Rove and DeLay will not go away for several more elections. The history books will take care of Bush and the Anti-Christ Cheney. We have to wake up politically as a people and not let this happen again.

Posted by: Oskar | August 15, 2007 08:39 PM

There's something up. Nobody in his job resigns with a 2 week notice, crying at his press conference, along with his boss, unless he's trying to 'get out of Dodge'... wait... something bad was going to hit the fan, and he's not going 'down' for anything or anyone. And we have NOT seen/heard the last of him. Maybe he's just temporarily headed back down that geo-thermal hole (to Hell) at Bush's ranch to rest for a while...

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