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Monday, October 30, 2006

Karl Rove has a massive...brain

It's almost Halloween and the so called "liberal media" is playing a fun game of "boo!" The Washington Post has decided that what's really important to Americans is how Karl Rove is viewed.

From the liberal, liberal, liberal Washington Post:
"I believe Karl Rove," (White House Chief of Staff Joshua B.) Bolten said in an interview in his West Wing office Friday. "Karl Rove, somewhere inside that massive brain of his, has figured out the political landscape more clearly than the entire collection of conventional-wisdom pundits and pollsters in the entire city of Washington."
And further down in the article:
The flip side of adulation is paranoia. Many Democrats are convinced Rove has some trick up his sleeve -- Osama bin Laden in the freezer, perhaps, ready for release just before Election Day -- that will save the Republicans from electoral disaster this fall.
Oh come now, liberal Washington Post reporter Michael Abromowitz. Bin Laden can't be in the freezer because he died of kidney failure and his body has never been found. Or he has one leg. Or something.

But back to the conversations regular voters are having over their ballots. Here's one I secretly taped.
stilwell: You're going to vote for Democrats, right?

mrs. stilwell: I was, but then I heard that Karl Rove says Republicans will keep control of Congress.
I think this Matt Stoller post sums up the deep fear Democratic activists have of Karl Rove and his Rovian turnout machine (go read the full post if you can:)
I'm in awe of the GOP GOTV machine. It's amazing. The Republicans have a tightly knit and centralized organization. When Karl Rove speaks, GOPers jump. The RNC, from their lair in the Virginia suburbs, control every action of every volunteer, in fact every word that comes out of every Republicans' mouth. This machine is beautiful, it is magnificent, it sweats perfume and gold. One of my friends had a fight with his wife, and the GOP GOTV machine came by with some pie and good advice. But it's not just nice. Don't make the GOP GOTV machine angry or Karl Rove will use his mutant powers to morph into a 1000 foot tall SwiftBoatzilla, and he'll have all the Democratic voters paralyzed on election day by using his control of the Matrix.
The media has bought into a myth; namely that Karl Rove is some kind of political genius. He's nothing of the sort. Rove is an old-school Nixonian political thug who will do anything to win. Nothing special about that.

Most of those guys got talk shows and book deals after they got out of prison, Rove just happened to be a little younger and is still in the game. And even if Rove is handed a crushing defeat, he'll just get a book deal and a spot on Faux News.

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