Oh please. Responding to Kos's assertion that Karl Rove was a good choice to offset Kos at Newsweek because Rove was a "movement" conservative, Sam at Save The GOP comes back with this:
Now real conservatives know that George Bush is not one of them and Karl Rove played Natasha to his Boris. Sure Rove deserves credit for pulling off some miracles in 2004, getting Bush reelected and orchestrating the southern sweep of the Senate by Republicans, but a movement conservative? Please.
Where was Karl Rove advising Bush when he was signing away at earmark after earmark? Where was Karl advising against the biggest expansion of government in American history, in the form of Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, and Campaign Finance Reform? Sure, Rove was sleek. He was able to get social conservatives to the polls with marriage protection amendments, but where was his fiscal brilliancy, the lack of which lead to the Congressional cleansing we witnessed a year ago?
The idea that Rove is part of the conservative movement is patently absurd. Rove is a Republican strategist, but I have yet to see him do anything that indicated he had any allegiance to the conservative movement. His actions have always been those that were politically expedient. If he thought conservative principles would work for him, he'd use them. If they got in the way of his goals, he chucked them.
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