Bill Moyers/PBS - approx 4:00 - broadcast on Friday, August 17, 2007.
Update: Naturally the discussion of Rove's departure is on-going. Rove was a force in American politics -- "the force" from 2000 to 2006 by many accounts, and his departure is creating opportunities for thoughtful reflection by many on the left.
Among the more recent (and plainly oustpoken) pundits weighing in, in addition to Bill Moyers above, is Cenk Uygu, one of the co-hosts of the Young Turks national radio show. Uygu, in the following commentary which first appeared on the Huffington Post, remarks on Rove's departure in progressive terms:
Rove was always so optimistic about elections, including 2006. Part of the reason for this was because he knew the fix was in. He knew that his minions had worked hard to cage voters, to give less voting machines to heavily Democratic districts, contested minority voters and done every little dirty trick in the book. And to be fair, they also worked hard to turn out their Christian army of voters. The kind who don't question their candidates and vote like robots for anyone their pre-paid preacher tells them to.
So, Rove figured that Republicans would win any close election. But what he didn't figure on is non-close elections. And that if you drive hard enough toward your base, then you won't have any more close elections. He thought there would be no price to pay for appealing only to the most conservative, narrow-minded, theocratic, xenophobic and militaristic people in the country. He was wrong.
Thanks to Rove the Republicans have lost the middle. And they have lost it for a long time to come. This will do untold damage to the Republican Party. So, there is great irony that the man Democrats loved to hate will come to be known as the scourge of the Republican Party.
But Rove didn't just break the Republican Party. Rove also leaves behind a broken president, a broken army, a slew of broken laws and a broke country. He spent heavily in districts and programs that he thought would help Republicans. He spent up the good will of the US abroad and Republicans at home. He's like the unscrupulous captain of a sinking ship getting off the boat before it goes under and takes everyone else down with it.
The comment thread of this post contains perfect examples of the kind of Rove-World Karl created, and that is now failing the Republican Party so miserably, as several conservative commenters from our right wing sister site Wizbang launched an attack on Bill Moyers' credentials rather than address the topic of Rove's legacy. Perhaps even these conservatives now recognize that Rove's strategies are to a large degree indefensible in light of his recent failures...
In Republican circles you're only as good as your last stolen election.
"Good riddance," as John Edwards put it upon hearing of Rove's departure, and good riddance is the correct answer to the right's lie-encrusted drum majorette of hate.
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