February 8, 2005


Rove's new position will involve policy (The Associated Press, February 8, 2005)

Karl Rove, the senior political strategist who orchestrated President Bush's re-election campaign, has been promoted to deputy chief of staff, a job that will involve him in all White House policy and not just politics.

Rove will retain his title as senior adviser and continue to oversee political and intergovernmental affairs as well as strategic initiatives, but he will be even more involved in the development and coordination of all policy, domestic and international, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

The promotion has rankled a few Democrats who think it shows that Bush cares more about "political positioning" on issues than public policy decision-making.

"Empowering Rove in this way shows that Bush cares more about political positioning than honest policy discussions," Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe said.

Well, you do have to say this much for the Democrats, they show no interest in conforming their policy prescriptions to the political will of the American people.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 8, 2005 3:46 PM

The impotent fury of the frustrated autocrat is a beautiful thing. Rather than castigating (envying?)this move they would be better to examine how the forces of history could have left their progressive wagon without wheels. But this would be the mature thing to do and they are, for all their pretense, callow.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 8, 2005 4:52 PM

I'm sorry, but is there any reason to think that a new title increases Rove's power in the slightest, or increases the scope of issue on which he advises the President?

Posted by: David Cohen at February 8, 2005 6:48 PM

Does he now get a hot girlfriend like Josh Lyman?

Posted by: Bob at February 9, 2005 9:42 AM

Maybe Terry's finally realizing that advising the President as closely as Karl Rove is better than $100 million in stock.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 10, 2005 5:37 PM