PAYING TRIBUTE….James Fallows recommends going to the movies to memorialize Karl Rove’s departure from the White House. Which movie? No End in Sight, of course:

My wife and I watched it again this evening, while eating dinner. Pretty soon it was hard to eat. Nothing in the film is “new” in a technical sense — we all have heard that there was too little preparation for occupying Iraq, we all know that it was idiotic for Americans not to have stopped the scorched-earth looting of Baghdad, etc. But to see it all take place again, accompanied by the feckless comments of our national leaders….

I actually recommend mass viewings of this film as a way to mark Rove’s departure and reflect upon the way he has changed America. He is the unacknowledged offstage actor through much of this drama, and not simply in winning reelection for the team that created the disaster. He is also there, in spirit, as the occupation staff in the Green Zone is re-populated by 23-year olds whose main qualification was service in College Republicans. In honor of Karl, check this movie out.

Consider it done. Maybe tonight.

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