Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Rove - Still Crazy After All These Years
After reading in the Washington Post, I’ve come to the conclusion that the White House must get some huge sacks of weed, because everyone seems to be high.

MANCHESTER, N.H., June 12 -- The Bush administration is said to have a new playbook, with a more inclusive attitude toward critics and an openness to skeptical debate.

Karl Rove, apparently, still has his copy of the old playbook.

In a speech to New Hampshire Republican officials here Monday night, the White House deputy chief of staff attacked Democrats who have criticized the U.S. war effort in Iraq, such as Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) and Rep. John P. Murtha (Pa.), who he said advocate "cutting and running."

"They may be with you for the first shots," Rove said of such opponents. "But they're not going . . . to be with you for the tough battles."

President Bush's approval ratings have plummeted amid concerns about the war, and Rove touched on two standard elements of his rhetorical sales pitch for the 2006 elections. He talked about the economy, ascribing its health to a combination of Republican tax cuts and fiscal restraint, and he talked about national security and the war.

Bush has called for a compromise on immigration and recently appointed a Treasury secretary who disagrees with him on the environment. But it was difficult to hear in this speech any signs of a more conciliatory White House.

Instead, Rove's speech was about sharpening the differences between the GOP and its opponents.

"They're for higher taxes. We're for lower taxes," he said during his description of the economy. "They're for more spending. We're for less spending."

Rove made similarly blunt points about the war. He defended the administration's decision to invade Iraq by laying out Saddam Hussein's "vital interest" in acquiring advanced weapons technology.

"We were absolutely right" to remove him, Rove said of the former leader. He added, "We have no excuses to make for it."

Rove’s basic message seems to be that the White House was right on every single thing - which transfers to the rubberstamp Republican Congress being right on every single thing. He’s still using the Iraq WMD talking point, years after it’s been revealed that the intelligence was wrong, and basically saying that all the Americans who think that this administration has made several errors are stupid and wrong, because, in fact, every single thing was absolutely right.

This falls in line with the basic Republican platform: They’ve done everything right, so if you want everything in the country to remain the same, vote Republican in November.

That’s right, you stupid peasants, your disapproval with Bush shows your lack of understanding the reality that things are, in fact, absolutely great, and everything Bush does and has done, is absolutely right.


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