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Karl Rove is Right

As you all know, I’m not crazy about Karl Rove, whom I have criticized before for the outrageous way he conducts political campaigns through attacks, smears, negative innuendo, dirty tricks and unforgiving negativity. Yet, now, when he says that corruption was the big issue that caused the public to dump Republicans in both the House and the Senate, Rove is definitely right.

Here is what Rove said:

The profile of corruption in the exit polls was bigger than I'd expected. Abramoff, lobbying, Foley and Haggard [the disgraced evangelical leader] added to the general distaste that people have for all things Washington, and it just reached critical mass.

Yes, corruption was the main issue. However, the examples Rove lists represent a tiny portion of the horrible corruption that the Republicans are responsible for. Foley and Haggard had almost no effect. Abramoff and lobbying are a weasely way of referring to the infamous K-Street Project, a business-Republican Party partnership for corruption. Business supplied the Party money and the Party supplied business with legislation, the kind that multiplied the money business could make.

Most Americans were not aware of this, or perhaps they were but were not upset enough. Rove had President Bush travel from state to state stating that Social Scurity is in financial trouble, and that the way to fix it was to take a bite out of it - savings accounts - and use it to play the stock market. At first, people listened. But it wasn't long before Americans realized that savings accounts were just a step toward eventually destroying the Social Security System, America's safety net. The more the president spoke, the more people turned against his ideas. Americans saw that Bush was not concerned with their welfare; he had his own reasons for the speeches. Corruption was beginning to be noticed by Americans who rarely pay attention to politics.

Another incident that hit Americans between the eyes was Katrina. Government officials watched the horrors unfold. On TV we all saw horrible images of poor people stranded on roofs, with no place to go, some stuffed into public places. To this day, there are storm victims who are without homes, without jobs, without any idea how they may take care of themselves. The reason for all this is simple: Bush appointed Mike Brown, a guy with no experience but with connections, to head FEMA, the government organization responsible for helping victims of catastrophe. Corruption through cronyism.

But all this pales before the vast scam that Bush and his Republican cohorts executed when they decived both the public and the Congress about WMD in Iraq and attacked Iraq. After Saddam Hussein was brought down, the Republicans began a process of issuing contracts to business for all sorts of tasks that needed to be done in order to bring Iraq back to life. Were there any Iraqi businesses? Very few, if any. The great majority of those who got no-bid conctracts were American businesses. Even some of the military tasks were done by American businesses. Have you heard of Hallibruton? Consultants? Yes, you could be one, if you were a Republican. Instead of teaching democracy, Americans taught Iraqis corruption.

Corruption has been exercised before by both Democratic and Republican administrations. But previous adminstrations left our system of government in tact. Not so with the Bush administration. Bush acts like an emperor with his signing statements indicating that he will not follow the provisions of bills he signs. One word from Bush labeling anyone an enemy combatant, and this person is imprisoned without judicial review. He favors torture, but wants to call it something else. He wants warrantless surveillance of Americans. He has corrupted our Constitution.

Karl Rove, as the architect of Republican presidential campaigns, has based his entire strategy on a corrupting idea: making U.S. a one-party state for an indefinite period. In Congress, the Democrats were sidelined. Legislation was passed as often as possible with only Republican votes.

Karl Rove is right. The big issue that brought Democrats into power was corruption. However, he is the architect of all this corruption. If he is worried about his Republican friends, he should resign.

Posted by Paul Siegel at November 13, 2006 5:54 PM
Comment #194913

-Paul- Great Post, I believe like probably many
thousands of other Americans, feel a sense of
tranquility an peace, that I have not experienced
for several years. After I watched the the Final an
last Republican go down to defeat, did I understand
what the problem really were. I jumped for joy,
after the announcement, that Democrats had taken
both the House an the Senate. I can deal with that
for two years. Thank you an Watch Blog for your
help in that endeavor.

Posted by: -DAVID- at November 13, 2006 7:58 PM
Comment #194920

Karl has the stamp of looser on him now. It’s time for retirement and the talk show circuit. Well I guess he could go to work for Fox News. Perhaps he can replace O Really.

Posted by: jlw at November 13, 2006 8:43 PM
Comment #194947

Lets just hope that the real Reps take back their party. The Neo-cons are at a distinct disadvantage morally. Their credo declares anything that makes money must be good. Its that Anne Rand,greed is good.malthusian crap. What they and the country need is a return to Bull Moose,Teddy Roosevelt (“malefacors of great wealth”) trust busting populist type of Republicanism.If they do not they will not be a major party for long. Finally enough Americans have seen through the phony divisive issues to see to that.

Posted by: BillS at November 14, 2006 12:57 AM
Comment #194963

Karl “Wormtongue” Rove was indeed the architect of corruption - it took only 6 years for the wheels to fall of the Rove steamroller. Turdblossom is a fitting nickname for this piece of filth. His politics have left his party and this country in shambles that the Dems, once again, will have to clean up. I just hope they are up to the task. The thing that worries me is that Bill Clinton seems to have a fascination with this guy’s tactics and will use wormtongue’s methods to get Hillary in the Whitehouse. He needs to be totally discredited, and discarded on the trash heap of history where he belongs. He is not a genius - he’s a mean, spiteful little man - anyone can destroy others by lying - a genius actually wins arguments.

Posted by: tcsned at November 14, 2006 8:05 AM
Comment #195096


Thanks for the brillant analysis. Corruption will continue to be a problem for the U.S. government.

Btw, I was listening to Air America and heard an interesting report. An independent watchdog group for corruption abuses is taking on the Murtha pick by Pelosi for the House Majority Leader. They count him among the 40 most corrupt members in Congress. Is this corruption issue going to backfire?

Posted by: Rob at November 14, 2006 10:16 PM
Comment #195109

I agree with the Dixie Chicks…. Sometimes it’s a burden to admit pseudo bully boys like W, KR and Delay come from this great state. On behalf of Texans who can think and reason I offer an apology to the nation. You deserved better.

Here’s a big thank you to the independents who carried the day and brought sanity back in vogue.

Murtha may be tainted. Nothing surprizes me anymore. Unlike the far right and their fanatical defense of everything Republican, I say if he is dirty, find a nice sturdy oak tree and “get a rope.” Crooks taint us all and I am for purging the Washington cesspool no matter their stripes.

Posted by: tex at November 15, 2006 12:22 AM
Comment #195488

Paul, I agree with your assessment of Rove, but can’t go along with your conclusion about the election, and about what Rove was doing with his statement.

First, referring to Rove you note, “he says that corruption was the big issue.” Then, you quote Rove, “The profile of corruption in the exit polls was bigger than I’d expected.”

Then, you make a logic leap to (emphasis mine): “Yes, corruption was the main issue.”

The main issue in the election, by every poll result and piece of testimony I’ve seen, was the Iraq quagmire. The lame response to Katrina, the runup of the budget and national debt, various concerns about the economy and, yes, GOP corruption, figured into most voters’ thinking to varying degrees. But the Iraq debacle was the 800-pound gorilla in the room.

Rove’s trying for some blame shifting. If the war is the big, overriding problem, he and his boss remain in big, serious ongoing trouble with the people. They’re not prepared to say enough, and put an end to Bush’s blunder war. To do so would be to admit they had it disastrously wrong all along.

Instead, they would rather the election have been about corruption. They can be against that, and against people found to be corrupt. They don’t have to make any embarrassing polciy changes or admissions about some Republicans being corrupt.

And, soon enough those found to be corrupt will end up in rehab, court or both. They’ll soon be out of the game, clearing the Republicans’ reputation for ‘08. Or so they hope, anyway.

Posted by: S.W. Anderson at November 16, 2006 11:13 PM
Comment #195489

Rob wrote, apparently referring to the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washingtion, and Rep. John Murtha:

“They count him among the 40 most corrupt members in Congress.”

That’s incorrect. CREW mentioned Murtha as one of 20 members of Congress to watch closely regarding ethics. He wasn’t on the list of most-corrupt members. In fact, Murtha was questioned about an incident many years ago and exonerated of any wrongdoing.

I’m not trying to be trollish, just set the record straight.

Posted by: S.W. Anderson at November 16, 2006 11:20 PM
Comment #195629

The writing is on the wall.

George Bush just said he intends to keep Karl around to the end of his term.

We all know what that means….he’s outta there.The next words you’ll hear is that he’s doing a great job.

Posted by: gergle at November 19, 2006 12:44 AM
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