The Laconic Karl Rove
This NYT Magazine interview with Karl Rove is rather amusing, especially for the terseness of his responses.
Do you like Joe Biden?
I think he has an odd combination of longevity and long-windedness that passes for wisdom in Washington.
Do you regret anything that happened in the White House during your tenure?
You’ve been booed off stages recently.
No, I haven’t. I’ve been booed on stages. I’m a little bit tougher than to walk off a stage because someone says something ugly.
Do you think the era of negative politics is over?
Do you have any advice for [President Bush] at this point?
With all due respect, I don’t need you to transmit what I want to say to my friend of 35 years.
While one can’t help but admire Rove’s skills as a politico, I’ve never liked “Rovism” in terms of running the White House in such a way that everything was about partisan advantage and the next election. One does get the sense from reading the interview, though, that he’s prepared to take it as well as dish it out and that he can take losses without whining or throwing allies under the bus to bolster his own rep. There’s something admirable about that, too.