It’s not just the long history of dirty campaign tricks or his penchant for championing conservative activist judges or even the fact that he is almost singularly responsible for the rise of George W. Bush.
What really bothers me about Karl Rove? He’s a consultant.
Mr. Rove does not need to believe in what his clients are doing in order to devise and implement a strategy to meet their objectives. Karl doesn’t have to be sincere, he just needs to be well rehearsed. As long as he is being paid his skills are at your disposal and he will do his best to see that you win, regardless of the cost.
His promotion to deputy White House Chief of Staff is particularly alarming because now he is able to exert his considerable communications skills over a much broader set of issues both domestic and foreign. I, for one, wonder just how much control he wields within the WH especially with respect to the process for granting press passess.
And speaking as the deputy WH CoS, Mr. Rove continues to undermine discourse in favor of talking points.