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Monday, August 13, 2007

Bush's Lame Duck Presidency is Assured as his Brain has left the building....Karl Rove Quits!

I'm not one for making excuses as a conservative for conservatives. The Bush administration's poor performance for the last two terms is pretty much self-evident. Even Bush's staunchest supporters have all but conceded that the Presidency is treading lame duck territory. Now Bush's alleged brain, Karl Rove has submitted his resignation for August 31st. Here's the latest from Andrew Sullivan's blog:

While he spins. The man's legacy is a conservative movement largely discredited and disunited, a president with lower consistent approval ratings than any in modern history, a generational shift to the Democrats, a resurgent al Qaeda, an endless catastrophe in Iraq, a long hard struggle in Afghanistan, a fiscal legacy that means bankrupting America within a decade, and the poisoning of American religion with politics and vice-versa. For this, he got two terms of power - which the GOP used mainly to enrich themselves, their clients and to expand government's reach and and drain on the productive sector. In the re-election, the president with a relatively strong economy, and a war in progress, managed to eke out 51 percent. Why? Because Rove preferred to divide the country and get his 51 percent, than unite it and get America's 60. In a time of grave danger and war, Rove picked party over country. Such a choice was and remains despicable.

Rove is one of the worst political strategists in recent times. He took a chance to realign the country and to unite it in a war - and threw it away in a binge of hate-filled niche campaigning, polarization and short-term expediency. His divisive politics and elevation of corrupt mediocrities to every branch of government has turned an entire generation off the conservative label. And rightly so. It will take another generation to recover from the toxins he has injected, with the president's eager approval, into the political culture and into the conservative soul.

Does Rove's departure mark the end of the neo-conservative movement or just the beginning? Perhaps the elephants can rally as the eruption of Mount Hillary appears to be looming in the political horizon. Let's hear your opinions.

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