Last week, Karl Rove was pretty candid about a number of topics. He said these things at a conference, where the press was not invited, but a great number of public figures were.
He said (pretty much in order)
On Katrina: The only mistake we made with Katrina was not overriding the local government...
Which local government? With hundreds dead in five states, there were quite a few local governments involved. And overrule how? If you, Karl, had a plan to evacuate, who was in place to handle it? As it was, FEMA took two weeks to even show up in parts of southern Mississippi. Perhaps you mean overrule the local governments in El Mirage, Arizona and San Diego, California as in tell them to call off their police overtime since those are the locations where the President actually was during the first two critical days of Katrina?
Karl's nose is growing longer on that one.
On The Anti-War Movement: Cindy Sheehan is a clown. There is no real anti-war movement.
I'll let today's demonstration answer that. Of course, police, especially Washington police, are used to people overstating crowd sizes, so the comment of Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey is significant. Ramsey, noting that organizers had hoped to draw 100,000 people, said, “I think they probably hit that.” Obviously this has gone way beyond Cindy. She may have started it, but the whole anti-war movement grew beyond her last month, when she had to leave her camp for several days after her mother had a stroke. And the camp grew bigger without her.
On Bush's Low Poll Numbers: We have not been good at explaining the success in Iraq. Polls go up and down and don't mean anything
What success in Iraq? We have fought for two years, at a quarter of a trillion dollars, 1900 American troops killed and over ten thousand wounded, and the most we can hope for is that the Iraqis will approve the new constitution and form an Iranian style republic where Sharia is the law and women can't even go to high school. And that is the BEST outcome we can realistically hope for. Hmmm. Wasn't this what the Reagan administration's greatest fear was in the 1980's when they supported Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war?
This is only success by the standards of the Bush administration, which has failed on the economy, jobs, bringing the 9/11 perpertrators to justice, healthcare, protecting the public, and education.
And most amazing of all:
On Judy Miller And Plamegate: Judy Miller is in jail for reasons I don't really understand...
On Joe Wilson: Joe Wilson and I attend the same church but Joe goes to the wacky mass...
Rove is being investigated by a special prosecutor to see if he committed treason by intentionally blowing the cover of a CIA agent, and he is so arrogant that he has the nerve to crack jokes about Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame? You'd think at least his lawyer would have told him to not comment on it.
Well, I have a quote he may have heard in that church.
Pride cometh before the fall. And some at the conference should know. Among the attendees was Bob Novak (who Rove allegedly leaked the story to, but who has been since following the advice of HIS attorney and keeping his mouth shut about it), and Martha Stewart, whose recent experience probably had her wondering about his precarious perch.