Is Karl Rove Kidding? He Can’t Be Serious!

Karl Rove has taken to the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal to do what Karl Rove does best – projection.

The man who rightfully earned the nickname, “Bush’s Brain” (as in George W. Bush), is all a-flutter about remarks President Obama made to Steve Inkeep about ISIS. And so the advisor to the president who destabilized the Middle East by invading a country that had no weapons of mass destruction under the illusion that we would be greeted with hearts and flowers, accuses the current occupant of the White House of lacking foresight.

The Obama administration seems clueless about ISIS’ catastrophic potential and has no long-term strategy to bend events to America’s benefit.

Does this statement by Rove remind you of anything we’ve heard before?

Whenever events undermine his view of the world, he has the habit of retreating to an alternate reality. Mr. Obama is a man with an uncommonly rigid, anti-empirical mind.

Back in 2004, Ron Suskind wrote the definitive article about Dubya’s “faith-based presidency.” Included was a quote from an aide that everyone understands to have been Karl Rove.

The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

So…how’d that “create your own reality” work out for you, Karl?

But he ends the article with a real doosey:

Because of his lack of vision, the mop-up operation his [Obama’s] successor will face is unlike any in living memory.

You mean like the mop-up operation President Obama faced with the mess your boss left – including 2 wars and the greatest recession since the Great Depression?

Karl Rove has become a comical figure. That’s all there is to it.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.