Aug 13 2007
Karl Rove, the mythological genius behind Bush’s success, is departing the administration this month. As we come to the end of the final Government fiscal year before the next Presidential elections, it is not uncommon to see staffers start to depart. The fact is Bush will have very little clout next year to sway congressional priorities outside his efforts on National Security and the Iraq war. So it is not surprising Rove sees his utility to Bush waning and ready to see what life will bring after eight years of supporting a highly successful White House (Bush is not responsible for the disaster that is and was the GOP Congress and the GOP’s fractured and wayward base).
But there is a lot of mythology surrounding Rove – as he rightfully points out in the article linked above. Bush is much smarter than his critics (who all have yet to shoulder the responsibility of President of The United States). Critics have an easy job – the complain without the responsibility to make change happen. That is why I tend to think much less of professional critics than those trying to make a difference. Professional critics are too close to being just like the media – unqualified posuers of expertise.
Rove is very insightful, and his gift (as with Bush) is thinking on how, and working to, get things done. The majority of the people around DC and NY City do nothing but think of what things might go wrong, or thinking up mind-numbingly simplistic solutions which cannot address the complexity of the tough issues that have been with us for decades. Rove is someone who helps make things happen – and because of this simple trait he has been branded some kind of political genius. Well I guess given the normal mindset in DC the ability to persevere instead of handwring he must look totally awesome in comparison.