When The Rovee Breaks

August 14th, 2007at 10:34pm Posted by Eli

The Ann Kornblut/Michael Shear entry in the Rove’s Legacy essay competition asks the question, “What, exactly, did the architect build?” I, too, have puzzled over this question – a castle or fortress built on a foundation of sand, perhaps?

But no, I think I finally have it now: It’s a levee, or a dike. Rove’s great “achievement” was to insulate Bush and the GOP from the consequences of their incompetence and foolishness for three election cycles. They mistakenly interpreted that electoral success as a “mandate,” and went ahead sinking the country and their party lower and lower, as the roiling waters of dissatisfaction rose higher and higher, angrier and angrier.

Rove’s edifice of dirty tricks, deceit, and naked partisanship was finally washed away in November of 2006, fatally weakened by the failure of the real levees around New Orleans, and now Bush and the Republicans are up to their necks and flailing around desperately.

It would be a lot more satisfying if the Democrats would stop throwing them life preservers.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Rove


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