Irony is dead

IRONY IS DEAD…. Have I mentioned lately how entertaining Karl Rove’s Wall Street Journal op-eds are? Take today’s, for example.

On the campaign trail, Barack Obama criticized Washington for being “obsessed with the perpetual campaign.” As president he is the first occupant of the Oval Office to give his director of political affairs — who coordinates the president’s involvement with his party and other campaign related activities — an office in the West Wing.

Many Americans may assume that the president’s entire staff is in the West Wing. It’s not. The West Wing is actually a very small place, so the vast number of people who work “at the White House” actually have offices across the street at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB).

Under Mr. Obama, the political director won’t be in the EEOB, where other presidents have placed him. He’ll occupy a West Wing office usually given to the head of presidential personnel. That’s a sign of the importance of politics for Team Obama.

So, to summarize, Karl Rove is accusing someone else of emphasizing politics too much in the White House.

Keep ’em coming, Karl. You’re a laugh-riot.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.