Sunday, September 18, 2005

Rove reveals what the White House really thinks...

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It appears that Karl Rove, the lightning rod for the antipathy that currently surrounds the Administation, has just given his political adversaries a very early Christmas present...

From The Huffington post:

Karl Rove, President Bush's top political advisor and deputy White House chief of staff, spoke at businessman Teddy Forstmann's annual off the record gathering in Aspen, Colorado this weekend. Here is what Rove had to say that the press wasn't allowed to report on.

On Katrina: The only mistake we made with Katrina was not overriding the local government...
On The Anti-War Movement: Cindy Sheehan is a clown. There is no real anti-war movement. No serious politician, with anything to do with anything, would show his face at an anti-war rally...
On Bush's Low Poll Numbers: We have not been good at explaining the success in Iraq. Polls go up and down and don't mean anything...
On Iraq: There has been a big difference in the region. Iraq will transform the Middle East...
On Judy Miller And Plamegate: Judy Miller is in jail for reasons I don't really understand...
On Joe Wilson: Joe Wilson and I attend the same church but Joe goes to the wacky mass...
In attendance at the conference, among others were: Harvey Weinstein, Brad Grey, Michael Eisner, Les Moonves, Tom Freston, Tom Friedman, Bob Novak, Barry Diller, Martha Stewart, Margaret Carlson, Alan Greenspan, Andrea Mitchell, Norman Pearlstein and Walter Isaacson.


There is nothing here that is really incendiary... however, calling Cindy Sheehan a clown when, politics aside, she has made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the nation via the death of her son in Iraq, seems to me undignified and inappropriate behavior for the White House Senior Political Advisor (+Deputy Chief of Staff). Behaving spitefully towards Joe Wilson, while the Special Prosecutor's investigation is still ongoing is also unbecoming of the President's closest aide IMO.

The most telling comment, however, is the remark made about the White House response to Katrina. To suggest that not overriding local government was the only mistake of President Bush, while possibly true, is completely at odds with the tone Bush attempted to strike in his recent addresses to the nation, accepting full responsibility for the many different mistakes that cost so many lives and created such chaos and carnage. The explicit implication now is that Bush's words have been politically contrived, above and beyond the predictable accusations of his political opponents, and general cynicism. It makes it look like the President doesn't really think that he did anything wrong.

Of course these reports could be false, or taken out of context, and that should be taken into consideration. It will be interesting to see how, if at all, this story develops over the coming week.

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