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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Rove paid by taxpayers to work on election, facing indictment

Nothing this administration does passes muster. Bush's official mudslinger is paid by our tax dollars to sling mud at Democrats, other administration critics, and uppity Washington Republicans. As the number of anti-Bushies continues to climb, watch Rove dig into his most heinous bag of tricks yet. But the public is catching on, and Karl will have even more pressing issues on his mind, like his imminent indictment, and he'll become a greater liability than anyone ever thought possible. You wait and see. -hl

Liberal Oasis

Yesterday, Karl Rove shed his policy portfolio to fully focus on the mid-term elections.

This makes some sense. There’s no actual policy being made these days, so clearly Rove had some free time on his hands that could be put to better use.

What makes less sense is that Rove is now being paid taxpayer money to work on an election – and to boot, an election for which his boss isn’t even on the ballot.

Of course, the election will have a major impact on the Bush Presidency. As NBC’s David Gregory reminded viewers on “Hardball” yesterday:

"If the Democrats win, not only will the president’s agenda go nowhere, but he’s going to be tied up in investigations about the war and leaks and all the rest for the remainder of his term once Democrats ... have subpoena power."

The Rove move comes on the heels of the RNC’s failed attempt to keep the party in lockstep with Bush.

Recall that in March the RNC (headed by Rove acolyte Ken Melhman) sent around a memo telling GOP congresspeople not to “driv[e] a wedge between themselves and the President” because “If he drops, we all drop.”

As noted here last week, after the latest leak revelations surfaced, congresspeople sought to salvage their own reputations and promptly ignored the memo.

With the White House becoming marginalized, the Rove move appears a final attempt by Bush to exert top-down control over the ’06 strategy and message.

This may be initially welcomed by the rank-and-file, if the few quotes in this LA Times piece is any indication. After all, Rove is perceived as a winner.

The downside for Rove is that hopes within the GOP will likely be raised, and he doesn’t have a whole lot to work with.

In August 1992, James Baker reluctantly agreed to relinquish his prestigious post as Secretary of State, to right Poppy Bush’s floundering re-election campaign.

Baker was seen as a brilliant political fixer. He still lost.

The Bush Presidency was too big a failure to be fixed by a hack, even a great hack.
(The always classy Bush clan blamed Baker, and he temporarily fell out of the family’s graces.)

Rove faces a similar problem today.

While Rove is keen and saying “good policy is good politics,” his tenure as chief policy advisor hasn’t produced any good policy.

All he can do is throw around more McCarthyisms and muck.

Democrats must of course be prepared for such attacks, but at the same time, must not let Rove dictate the terms of the election.

That’s a tricky balance: knocking down smears without letting the smears take the focus away from the failures of total GOP rule in Washington.

But since the failures are so stark, and continue to pile up, Rove still has the harder job.