Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Protecting The Family Jewels

Members of Auburn University's NCAA Championship men's swim team presented President Bush with a speedo during their triumphant visit to the White House last week. Bush said he wouldn't wear it...at least not in public.

Still, my guess is that there's a better chance of seeing America's Emperor in his new clothes doing laps across the Potomac than there is of him firing his right hand man, Karl Rove.

I have no idea if Rove has committed a crime or if he leaked the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame to the press at all, as many on the left suspect. What I do know is that Rove has been getting his W-2s from W all these years for one reason and one reason only: to make sure his boss looks good. And outing the spouse of a noted war critic is precisely the kind of cold-blooded hit a hired gun is there for.

The scruples (or lack thereof) of the Roves and James Carvilles are debatable, but what isn't is their ability to take America's pulse and get their men to push the appropriate buttons. I might, with some resistance, concede the concept that it's okay to do whatever necessary within reason to win an election so one can effect positive change. Where you lose me is when a guy who's only job is to make sure his man wins keeps his job once the candidate's a lame duck.

Mr. President - and don't pretend this blog isn't part of your morning briefing - you could strike a blow against the nasty side of partisan politics by relieving Rove of his duties right now. Not because he's necessarily done anything illegal or because he's intrinsically evil but because there are no other elections to win. Throw him a party if you want. Send him off with a gold watch. He deserves at least that. But don't keep him on your payroll or in your ear.

It has seemed to me at times that Bush so reveres the men in his father's inner circle that he's had trouble trusting his own instincts.

"If Rummy says wipe out Saddam, who am I to argue? Heck, I traded Sammy Sosa."

Rove was there when Bush I was Reagan's running mate in 1980. And he was there in the former's ill-fated re-election campaign of 1992. Any wonk of Dad's is a wonk of Dubya's.

But the President doesn't need to land a fighter jet on an aircraft carrier to state the obvious: Karl Rove's mission has been accomplished. He got Bush II an eight-year rental agreement on the classy side of Pennsylvania Avenue. It's time for the President to hand his attack dog's leash to the next would-be tenant of that property and concentrate on doing whatever good he can over the remainder of his final four-year contract with the American people, not on whatever Rove decides would spike the poll numbers.

For multiple reasons, Bush would be better off choosing to let Rove go now before a court of law chooses for him. It's increasingly clear that Rove's job (and his genius) has been to protect not America's interests necessarily but those of his employer. Politics - like speedos - always expose people in the end.

10 comments:

Brandon Scott said...

But I look really good in my speedo. Just ask Quile.

Bart Phillips said...

Grant, good writing. You're writing some thought provoking stuff that needs to find its way into mainstream media. Take care, Erwin M. Fletcher.

Anonymous said...

...as far as I can tell, the mainstream media has been cramming that stuff down our throats

Anonymous said...

Wow! Guilty until proven innocent by the court of public opinion. That's uglier than a Speedo.

Anonymous said...

there's alot of that going on at ACU!
the part about people not being let go because of long standing history with someone or something.....
ACU's principles are:
Integrity--Service--Stewardship--Involvement--Excellence
some of the ones that are still being kept on clearly do not meet these principles! I know if I say something, I'll be the one who gets let go! That makes me frustrated and sad!

Grant said...

I'll repeat what I wrote in the original post: I have no idea whether Rove actually leaked Plame's name. He does have a history of doing just that (and a history of getting fired by his bosses for doing so). But my concern is that the guy's only job is to help Bush win elections and emasculate opponents. Just about every President has one or more of these people. I'm not saying Bush HAS to fire Rove; I'm merely suggesting it would strike a blow against partisanship if he kindly showed him the door. He could be the one to take the lead to create a more collegial environment in Washington. Would the Dems respond in kind? Probably not. But someone has to take the lead, and who better than a guy who doesn't have to worry about winning again? I don't think Bush needs Rove to tell him the right things to do to enhance the lives of the American people. He keeps him around to tell him what to do to increase his approval ratings and what not. Who cares about ratings at this point? Spend the next three years doing what you know is best, which in my opinion would start with relieving Rove.

David G said...

When Carville quits working for Mr. Abortion then maybe W should get rid of Rove. Until then the only group that would benefit would be the ACLU and their buds which you are sounding strongly allinged with.

Brandon Scott said...

this is why we should ALWAYS blog about politics. People love it so.

Grant said...

Having voted twice for W, myself, I'm troubled by the thought that many of his most ardent supporters feel as if he can't function without Karl Rove telling him when to go pee pee. I'm sure Bush's critics will laugh at this, but I think he's smarter than even he believes. I wish he'd trust himself more and depend less on those who care only about poll numbers.

Christ-followers, among whom W unashamedly counts himself, ought to be the ones setting the standard for extending olive branches and burying hatchets (or hatchet men).

Grant said...

...and you guys don't know what the "L" you're talking about. It's A-C-U with which I'm aligned...