Winning at Any Cost
Karl Rove’s ‘demotion’ simply means he’ll have more time to focus on keeping the Congress in GOP hands. Will the win-at-any-cost tactics backfire?
The White House makeover team got the headline they wanted: that Karl Rove was demoted and taken out of the policy loop. Rove could lose his ground-floor West Wing office and have to settle for less prestigious quarters on the second floor. He might even be banished to the stately Old Executive Office Building, which is the equivalent of Siberia for tender White House egos.MyDD blogged about it, and brought up some very important issues in posing the question "Where's the Strategy on Gay Issues for 2006?" Yes, give them enough rope and they hang themselves - but that's hardly enough. It's never been merely the problem of a rubberstamp House/Senate, it's the rubberstamp voters who vote solely along party lines that kick our asses. There are always going to be the rednecks that would vote for Hitler as long as he was part of "My Daddy's party and my Grandaddy's party and my Great-Grandaddy's party..." and that's not likely to ever change. My question, aside from when will the Dems get some great big cojones, is where is the strategy? It's certainly not forthright. Who has the goods?
Aside from the decline in property value, Rove is probably not displeased that he’ll spend less time overseeing policy and can devote himself to his divide-and-attack plans for keeping the Congress in Republican hands. State initiatives banning gay marriage and gay adoption are ready to go, but worn-out wedge issues may not be enough to save the GOP this time. Republicans weren’t clamoring for Rove’s ouster; they just want him to get back his groove in time for November.