Garbage In, Garbage Out —Matt Taibbi on the irony of Karl Rove bemoaning the level of wingnuttery in today’s GOP:
Men like Karl Rove and Dick Armey practically invented the politics of stupid …
To see these same Beltway Svengalis trapped now in this crazy role reversal, denounced by the far right for being the same kind of condescending establishment snot-bags they themselves spent decades trying to find and campaign against – well, that’s just seriously funny.
The situation with Rove is particularly delicious. This is someone who foisted upon the world the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush, a man who couldn’t speak English, didn’t read books or newspapers, and won his second term via the political version of an Inspector Clouseau routine, rallying middle America behind an enraged invasion of the wrong country in retaliation for 9/11.
For a political adviser, getting a blockhead like Bush elected president not once but twice was a major accomplishment. It’s the sort of thing that impresses industry insiders, the same way PR professionals genuinely admire the job Burson-Marsteller did hushing up the Bhopal disaster for Union Carbide, or whitewashing Indonesia’s image after the East Timor massacre…
Rove’s sole insight as a political thinker was that if you completely dispense with the patriotic aspects of governing – you know, that whole doing-what’s-right-for-the-country thing – then winning elections is no different than selling cheeseburgers or scoring high sitcom ratings. You give people what they want, and it doesn’t matter if it’s bad for them.
But now it’s coming back to bite them with the likes of Todd Akin, Ted Cruz, et al: people who actually drank the Kool-Aid and are begging for seconds, instead of those who understood that it was all bullshit designed to appeal to the racist rubes. What goes around comes around. Unfortunately, what goes around might also go swirling down the drain, taking a lot of us with it.