Rove In His Perma-bunker
August 20, 2007

Aside from the expression on Chris Wallace's face when he realized he was questioning a lunatic, my two favorite parts of Fox's Karl Rove interview were as follows: WALLACE: Forgive me. I don't want to re-fight the Cleland race in Georgia in 2002. I want to ask a bigger question, though, because this was far from the only time that you called--you--called Democrats soft on terror.

Rich And Rove
August 19, 2007

Frank Rich, mailing it in: It is this condemnation of Rove from his own ideological camp--not the Democrats' familiar litany about his corruption, polarizing partisanship, dirty tricks, etc.--that the White House and Mr. Rove wanted to bury in the August dog days.[Italics Mine] Sunday talk show guest list: Fox News Sunday: Karl RoveMeet The Press: Karl RoveFace The Nation: Karl Rove --Isaac Chotiner

Fred And The Little People
August 17, 2007

Overheard last night in the Des Moines Marriott -- a Republican hotel of choice -- where I happened to be for a non-'08 story: WOMAN (apparently joking about some would-be joggers): They're in training.FRED THOMPSON (with a wearied look): I'm in serious training. Maybe the endlessly postponed Thompson launch date reflects neither a strategy nor the candidate's famed indecisiveness, but merely the amount of effort necessary to get ol' Fred ready for the soapbox? P.S.: Okay, lump me in with Chris Matthews, but watching him banter with staff and glad-hand for ten minutes in the hotel lobby, ther

Blood On The Track
August 14, 2007

The New York Times, reflecting on the recent day Eliot Spitzer spent at the racetrack, reveals that the New York governor comes by his NASCAR fandom honestly: Ever since he married his North Carolina-born wife, whose brother is a top engineer at Hendrick Motorsports, one of Nascar's top teams, Mr. Spitzer has followed stock car racing, and has made Jeff Gordon, a Hendrick driver, his favorite. Here's the problem, though.

Requiem For A Turd Blossom
August 13, 2007

Karl Rove tells the WSJ's Paul Gigot that he's leaving the White House on August 31. He also predicts that the "fatally flawed" Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, and that President Bush's approval ratings might just hit 40 percent. --Jason Zengerle

Rove Reading
August 13, 2007

I happened to be reading Josh Green's big, excellent Atlantic Monthly story about Rove last night, and obviously the timing for the piece turns out to be fantastic.

Scully Slaps Gerson...hard
August 08, 2007

Better pieces of journalism have been produced in the past year (and the last 500 words are cringe-inducingly bad--more on that later), but Matthew Scully's not-yet-available-online Atlantic takedown of Michael Gerson is an enormously fun and interesting read. Scully is a former Bush speechwriter and animal-rights defender, and Gerson is also a onetime Bush speechwriter and now a Washington Post columnist. Scully alleges that Gerson repeatedly misled and lied to reporters about his role in crafting the president's speeches.

Whose Genocide Are You On?
August 06, 2007

As congressional Democrats head for a possible fall showdown with the White House over the perplexing issue of an Armenian genocide resolution, the Armenians have scored a victory by forcing the Bush administration to withdraw its nominee for ambassador to Armenia because he refuses to call what happened in Turkey around 1915 a "genocide." This is just a subplot to the much larger war over the U.S.'s official position on the genocide question, but it shows the strength of Armenian-American community. Meanwhile, it seems that Washington lobbying has now entered the YouTube era, as evidenced by

The Senate Gets Veto-proof
August 03, 2007

There's not a ton of good news coming out of Congress these days, so it's nice to see that the Senate passed a bipartisan SCHIP bill with a 68-31 majority--enough to override the promised White House veto. Most senators, in the end, weren't scared off by conservative rants about "socialized medicine" and Michael Moore. What a surprise. So as it stands now, the Senate bill would cover 4 million low-income children who would otherwise go uninsured.

Fredo Lives!
August 03, 2007

Why is Alberto Gonzalez still our Attorney General? Time explains it all. The gist: Because he's protecting the White House from even more investigations. Sweet. There's also news of some possible horse-trading that makes me wish even more that Gonzalez be given the heave-ho: "In private, Democrats say that if Gonzales did step down, his replacement would be required to agree to an independent investigation of Gonzales' tenure in order to be confirmed by the Senate." Too bad it won't happen any time soon. --Ben Wasserstein