No electorate in any democracy wants one man, at first blush not even a working part of the process, calling the shots. It's the rule of the majority, not the rule of the one, right? Perhaps not in the U.S. where one man seeks to be kingmaker.
Karl Rove, a backroom boy extraordinaire who dreams of a nation with one party, the Republican Party, is that man. The 61-year-old Rove - 62 on Christmas Day and guess what he'd like from Santa - is hard to pin down when it comes to describing what he does. Wikipedia, an apt source for the ever-shifting Rove, calls him "a political consultant and policy advisor." Add 'political spinmeister' and 'backroom shaman' and you've begun to describe Karl Rove.
Karl Rove: Scandals and Super PACS
It's likely very few Americans would like a man like Karl Rove to play the role of kingmaker in their country; after all, as a political operative he's been accused of all manner of dirty tricks, including distributing false campaign material, planting negative and false stories about opponents and falsely accusing, or having others accuse, opponents of wrongdoing; much of what he's alleged to have done has been shown to be true, some he's even admitted to. But many Americans remain unaware of how shady his past really is and the degree of involvement Rove, now often referred to as the de facto leader of the GOP, has in their country's fortunes. He is leading the GOP's charge to November 6, front and center - in the background.
After years of working with George W. Bush, and Bush's father before him, Rove resigned from Bush Jr.'s White House in 2007 under a hail of accusations. He was almost indicted for two scandals, the Valarie Plame affair and the firing of U.S. attorneys. Since Barack Obama and the Democrats victory the following year, Rove has worked behind the scenes to create and direct the GOP Super PAC, 'American Crossroads', a massive structure with contributions from corporations and wealthy individuals that attacks Obama with funding that never runs out.
There's been dozens of pieces written about him this election cycle and they detail a man hungry for power but satisfied to pull the strings rather than be the marionette in the public eye. Craig Unger wrote in Vanity Fair in September that: "Not long ago, Karl Rove seemed toxic: the brains of a disastrous presidency, tarred by scandal. Today, as the mastermind of a billion-dollar war chest - and with surrogates in place in the Romney campaign - he’s the de facto leader of the Republican Party."
Rove seeks GOP one-party rule
Others have made similar pronouncements with the consensus being that Rove seeks to create a one-party country, a GOP victory that lasts ad infinitum. It is certain that he intends this 2012 election to be the beginning and to achieve it each day he'll grow his Super PACS, appear at fundraisers, shake hands and make backroom deals. He'll work with Fox News and other organizations; he'll marshal the operatives he has all over the country.
He will tirelessly employ tried and true strategies to denigrate Obama, spew out unsubstantiated talking points - "I am astonished (Obama is) projecting weakness when we need to be projecting strength" - and use money and shady practices hidden from public view to influence how Americans think about their president. Those Americans must become cognizant of the fact that his work may lead to what millions of them will do when they step into the ballot box.
Because the way it looks now if the GOP manages to retake the White House so soon after such a disastrous final term from George W., one that saw 2 million jobs lost in the last 3 months of his presidency, and after their candidate refused to disclose suspect personal financial details and dissed 47 percent of his country as "victims," Rove will be as responsible for it as Mitt Romney himself.
It may not be a scenario any electorate wants, but if the American electorate doesn't wake up, and Karl Rove is working to ensure they don't, it may well be what they get.
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