Monday, August 13, 2007
Don't Let The Door...
I suspect that there is more to the announcement that Karl Rove is leaving the White House than meets the eye.
There usually is when someone as versed in political skullduggery as Rove makes an unexpected resignation announcement.
Or maybe he is just losing it. In a interview conducted Saturday by the Wall Street Journal, Rove made a few interesting comments:
"He will move back up in the polls," says Mr. Rove, who interrupts my reference to Mr. Bush's 30% approval rating by saying it's heading close to "40%," and "higher than Congress."
Looking ahead, he adds, "Iraq will be in a better place" as the surge continues. Come the autumn, too, "we'll see in the battle over FISA" -- the wiretapping of foreign terrorists -- "a fissure in the Democratic Party." Also in the fall, "the budget fight will have been fought to our advantage," helping the GOP restore, through a series of presidential vetoes, its brand name on spending restraint and taxes.
As for the Democrats, "They are likely to nominate a tough, tenacious, fatally flawed candidate" by the name of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Holding the White House for a third term is always difficult given the pent-up desire for change, he says, but "I think we've got a very good chance to do so."
Other people may have their math, but Rove has "the math."
Although that didn't work out so well the last time around.