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Tilting at Windmills

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October 21, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

LIFE WITHOUT KARL....The wonkish Bruce Reed contemplates life without Karl Rove and likes what he sees:

From Atwater to Ailes, Morris to Rove, American politics has become obsessed with the cult of the evil genius. This cult is especially popular in Washington, where young Mini-Me's come to cut their teeth, and the Art Formerly Known as Government is hopelessly pass.

This is the single biggest catastrophe of Rovism. Not the tax cuts, nor the Social Security fiasco, nor the lousy Medicare bill, but the simple fact that nobody really cared whether any of these policies worked in the first place. Remember what John DiIulio told Ron Suskind three years ago:

In eight months, I heard many, many staff discussions, but not three meaningful, substantive policy discussions. There were no actual policy white papers on domestic issues....the lack of even basic policy knowledge, and the only casual interest in knowing more, was somewhat breathtaking.

And what Suskind himself heard while he was waiting outside Karl Rove's door for an interview:

Inside, Rove was talking to an aide about some political stratagem in some state that had gone awry and a political operative who had displeased him. I paid it no mind and reviewed a jotted list of questions I hoped to ask. But after a moment, it was like ignoring a tornado flinging parked cars. "We will fuck him. Do you hear me? We will fuck him. We will ruin him. Like no one has ever fucked him!"

Will the White House be ruined if Karl Rove leaves? If it is, there was nothing there to be ruined in the first place.

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