13 August 2007

More conservative opinion on Rove

Well, for political conservatives he may not seem like the real thing since he hates George II, but Andrew Sullivan is a dyed in the wool conservative of the philosophical type. He doesn't think much of Rove either. Here is his sendoff of the Mayberry Machiavelli. I personally think it is a nice little summary.

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.

I have always been curious how true conservatives could not hate the fellow who stopped the rightward drift of the American public dead in its tracks.

But I might be wrong about that.

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