10/21/2005: Gem o'the Day:
The Bush White House fears it will be lost without Rove's services. Then again, the Bush White House—and the country—seem quite lost with Rove at the helm.
Rove is routinely described as "the leading architect of White House political and policy plans." At the moment, that's like praising Thomas Andrews for his fine work as architect of the Titanic.
Political plans? The Bush-Rove coalition is in tatters, and Bush's 58 percent disapproval rating ranks alongside his father and Jimmy Carter. Policy plans? Monthly inflation is the worst in 25 years, Americans have gone four straight years without income growth, and the Homeland Security Department that Rove sold as a political masterstroke in 2002 is now the flop that keeps on flopping.
So much for the House that Rove Built: The roof leaks, the foundation is collapsing, and the timbers are rotten with termites.
--Bruce Reed, on GOP fears of a Karl Rove indictment
Len on 10.21.05 @ 06:01 AM CST