The next Rove scandal
Karl Rove, driven into the shadows after Plamegate, has recently slithered back into the light. And while it’s nice to see The New York Times welcome him with the domestic spying scandal, I would like to propose a more salacious scandal — one that would obliterate Rove’s God-fearing, gay-fearing base. In short, I think Rove has a monster man-crush on George W. Bush.
You may have noticed how when Bush stands at a podium Rove always stands behind, eyes moving up and down the commander in chief’s posterior portions. Rove’s hands are always folded discreetly over his groin. He is always half-smiling, like this:
That is such a porn-watching face.
But here’s the smoking gun, buried inside a May 2003 New Yorker profile. The writer, Nicholas Lemann, had asked Rove about his first memory of George H.W. Bush, to which Rove responded blandly: “Great character. Very thoughtful. Really generous in his openness and attitude.”
Then Lemann asked about Rove’s first memory of George W. Bush, which led to this:
I can literally remember what he was wearing: an Air National Guard flight jacket, cowboy boots, bluejeans, complete with theóin Texas you see it a lotóone of the back pockets will have a circle worn in the pocket from where you carry your tin of snuff, your tin of tobacco. He was exuding more charisma than any one individual should be allowed to have.‚ÄĚ
Seriously, does that leave any doubt?