Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Split Personality

The American Right Wing can't quite figure out what to do with Karl Rove's departure from Washington D.C.

On the one hand, they believe Karl Rove to be harmless non-partisan think tank guy who engendered such rage in liberal America that it shows the mental instability on the American Left.

On the other hand, they also want to believe that Karl Rove's politics were very effective and damaging to Democrats (which would explain why we don't like him).

David Limbaugh's latest article is on Rove and exemplifies this split.
What drives them to this persistent state of unmitigated and unforgiving rage? I'll tell you what it's not. It's not that he's an unfriendly, hateful, uncompassionate, unlikable ogre -- because he is none of those things.

. . . The only way you can win with the left is if you let them win. And Rove, as long as he can help it, is never going to let that happen.
I note though, that there are those on the right who see Ann Coulter as a moderately toned and reasonable participant in our national discourse. The truth is that Karl Rove's policies were hand in glove with Ann Coulter's rhetoric (and David Limbaugh's for that matter). All three (and many others besides) envision an America in which Liberals are a persecuted minority.

The difference is that Ann Coulter isn't in a position of power. And Karl Rove is. So it's kind of understandable that we wouldn't be keen on him.

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