Rick Perlstein dissects Karl Rove
Karl Rove will soon be leaving his roles as top strategist and policy expert in the Bush administration, but some Democratic Party operatives say that doesnât mean he wonât have an impact on the next election.
Donna Brazile, Al Goreâs campaign manager in 2000, tells USA Today that "Karl outside the White House is more dangerous to Democrats than Karl inside the White House."
Brazile's view: He'll have lots more free time now to dream up ways to boost President Bush's standing, "rebrand" the GOP and conquer the 2008 electoral map.
Speaking in St. Petersburg today, Florida GOP Sen. Mel Martinez said the Karl Rove he knows about, is very different than the one depicted in the media.
Today on the media blog, Press Think, New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen writes that the Washington Press corpsâs real and undeclared ideology is not liberal or conservative â but in fact, savviness â and he writes that what made the press so vulnerable to the likes of Karl Rove.
Rosen went on to write that in all of the press coverage of Roveâs announcement yesterday and today, virtually no reporters have written of Karl Rove as a source for their stories. Yet as the Valerie Plame story revealed, Rove is quite often used as an unattributed source.
Rick Perlstein is a senior fellow at the Campaign For Americaâs Future, a liberal think tank based in Washington. Heâs also the author of âBefore the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus."
WMNF spoke with Perlstein today about Karl Roveâs chumminess with Washington reporters, and about Roveâs legacy.
Perlstein had been blogging about Karl Rove the past couple of days on the website of the Campaign For Americaâs Future. You can find those writings at campaign for america's futurecomments powered by Disqus