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Thursday, March 04, 2010

There are plenty of whores in Washington

And then there's Merril Lynch operative Harold Ford, who doesn't qualify, because you have to have a soul to be a whore.

And who would know better about soulless matters than the onetime toast of conservative America, Karl Rove?
Yet as he gets ready to hawk his new memoir, immodestly titled Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight, Rove finds himself a pariah among some of the very conservatives he hopes to romance.

“I don’t know very many people who have accused Karl Rove of being a conservative--I’d like to know what the evidence for that would be,” sniffs right-wing icon Richard Viguerie. “And I’m not sure ‘courage’ is a word I’d use for him either. Karl Rove has always been a political operative. He has never been a conservative. And he is one of the people who hijacked the conservative movement and is largely responsible for the betrayal of the conservative cause by the Bush team.” (Rove loyalist Dana Perino, the last of the Bush White House press secretaries, passes on Rove’s response: “I remember Viguerie called Ronald Reagan a ‘sell-out’ in 1980 and wanted to form a third party.”) [...]

Those were the years that spoiled Rove’s carefully laid plans for a permanent Republican majority. Even so, such was his reputation as a kingmaker that shortly after the 2004 election, no less a Democrat than Rep. Harold Ford Jr.—back then a four-term congressman from Memphis—requested a meeting to discuss his political future in Tennessee. According to a knowledgeable source, Rove sat for three hours with the young congressman at the Washington home of mutual friends, where Ford floated the idea of switching parties to run for the Senate in 2006 as a Republican—that is, if President Bush could “clear the field” and prevent a contested primary. According to my source, Rove responded encouragingly, but nothing came of the secret session, and Ford ended up running—and losing—as a Dem.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

You have to have a soul to be a whore???