In the pitiful performance by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in an attempt to save his job, the undercurrent of Karl Rove's role is obvious.
Rove has been behind about every act of political chicanery in President Bush's tenure and while Bush was governor of Texas.
How else can you explain Rove's missing E-mails that you can bet were incriminating to his part in the firings of eight federal prosecutors? Rove's fingerprints are all over this sorry episode.
He has orchestrated attacks on Democrats opposed to the war in Iraq. His message seems to be: Don't say they are unpatriotic but give strong hints of it. He has made no secret of his master plan to keep the GOP majority in place with whatever it takes.
That scheme took a nose dive last November, and this war could shatter Rove's dream for a long time.
Politics ain't beanbag, as one wag put it long ago. Some Democratic consultants can play hardball too. But Rove likes to go beyond the rough stuff.
Go back to Rove's early days in judgeship races in Alabama. One opponent said Rovewasn't just satisfied with your defeat. He wanted to destroy you in the process....
... If any Republican wants a consultant and strategist without a conscience, I've got your man.Posted at 04:35 PM by John W. Mashek