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It's a Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Oh, what'll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what'll you do now, my darling young one?
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin',
I'll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest,
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty,
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters,
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison,
Where the executioner's face is always well hidden,
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten,
Where black is the color, where none is the number,
And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it,
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it,
Then I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin',
But I'll know my song well before I start singin',
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.
BuzzFlash Talks with Our Favorite Specialist on Karl Rove, Texas Journalist James Moore on "What's Next with Rove, America's Benedict Arnold of the New Millenium?"
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
"Bush cannot function without Rove. And the GOP is equally invested in his skills. I expect that, if the pressure gets too great, the president will move Rove out of the White House so he can continue to use his brain on congressional matters like Social Security and tort reform while not having to suffer quite as much politically with Rove still sitting in the West Wing. But I don’t think Bush will make such a move, if he can avoid it. His Achilles heel is his loyalty to his friends and it always has been. Bush will stick with Rove long past the point that he ought to have cut his losses and he will endure significant political harm."
-- James Moore, Co-Author of "Bush's Brain" and Author of "Bush's War for Reelection"
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BuzzFlash is a great admirer of James Moore, a rare journalist with integrity, courage and respect for the truth. We have come to know Moore over several interviews and commentaries that he has written for BuzzFlash. The man feels democracy in his bones. He's not an evangelist, partisan or flamethrower; he just respects the truth: straight up, no chaser.
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So we're proud to share with you Jim's take on the latest Rove outrage against decency, the law, and the interests of the United States of America.
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BuzzFlash: Let's put the legal investigation aside, because no one can read Patrick Fitzgerald's mind or know whether he has the goods and the courage to indict Rove at this time. But, let's suppose an outcome where Rove is indicted and Bush has no choice but to ask him to step aside. How could Bush function without Rove? Rove just got a promotion and is basically the President of the United State for domestic affairs.
Moore: Bush cannot function without Rove. And the GOP is equally invested in his skills. I expect that, if the pressure gets too great, the president will move Rove out of the White House so he can continue to use his brain on congressional matters like Social Security and tort reform while not having to suffer quite as much politically with Rove still sitting in the West Wing. But I don’t think Bush will make such a move, if he can avoid it. His Achilles heel is his loyalty to his friends and it always has been. Bush will stick with Rove long past the point that he ought to have cut his losses and he will endure significant political harm.
BuzzFlash: You are an expert on Rove, having covered him in Texas for years and co-authored the thorough and insightful book, "Bush's Brain." Given that Rove is now confirmed as one of at least two leakers in what we call PlameGate, how does his action -- which was an action of vengeance and a warning signal to other whistleblowers that everyone was fair game in Rove's world of counter attack -- fit in with prior dirty tricks and character assault that he launched since his young Republican college days?
Moore: He has done this kind of thing in the past. As a for instance, Rove worked with an FBI agent to launch an investigation into every Democratic officeholder in the state of Texas. None of them did anything wrong but they were all harmed by the news coverage of the probe. During the course of the investigations, reporters were constantly getting calls from Rove telling them about subpoenas that were being issued well before they had even been sent out by the FBI. There is a pattern of scurrilous behavior behind all of his political moves where he uses surrogates, cutouts, and other types of third party operatives to implement his plans and he keeps several layers of plausible deniability between himself and what he is doing. The ugly whisper campaign in South Carolina against John McCain, which questioned his mental health and suggested that he had a mixed race child out of wedlock, was classic Rove. He had done the same thing against Ann Richards, starting rumors about her sexual orientation based upon appointments she was making to state boards and commissions.
BuzzFlash: How do you think Rove could rationalize starting a war based on asserting that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction (which he didn't), while he neutralized a CIA operative whose job was to protect the United States by tracking Weapons of Mass Destruction and their illicit sales? He also exposed her "front company" in the process and possibly endangered her life.
Moore: Rove, most people don’t realize, is partly pathological. He believes many of the lies he tells. In that regard, his world is a construct where, even if there is no a priori evidence that Saddam was connected to 911, Karl can easily convince himself there was a link. Whatever he does, regardless of how unethical, is always justified as being necessary for a greater political good. Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame are citizens Karl decided needed to be sacrificed for the benefit of the larger American population. The case against Saddam and WMD was trumped up because it was simple and readily accessible for most Americans and was something they would believe. Telling the truth and making an intelligent political case for action in Iraq or a US presence in the Mid East was too complicated. The lie was an expeditious tool needed to accomplish a political end and was, in Rove’s mind, a much lesser sin than letting Saddam continue in power, even though he was not the greatest terrorist threat facing America.
BuzzFlash: The Republican National Committee issued talking points today that showed up in news coverage on the Republican leaning programs and radio commentators. Not only that, the Chair of the RNC launched a major attack on Joe Wilson's character once again, claiming that the controversy about Rove is all just a partisan witch hunt. Is Rove still "spinning away," with carte blanche from Bush to mount his own diversionary defense?
Moore: Nothing that is presently occurring will be happening without Karl’s imprimatur. He is the message maker for the party and the White House. He probably had Mehlman and a few others offer input, but Karl will not trust his argument or his positioning to anyone other than himself. In fact, when his attorney, Robert Luskin said Karl did not “knowingly