Well, look who has had to resort to political blackmail to protect his boss's ass:
Congressional sources said Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove has threatened to blacklist any Republican who votes against the president. The sources said the blacklist would mean a halt in any White House political or financial support of senators running for re-election in November.The fact that some GOP aide is talking about Rove's tactics while they are still ongoing says to me that some folks in the party aren't happy about being pushed around by Karl. Or being told what they ought to think or do in terms of the Constitution -- by a fellow who clearly doesn't care one bit for protecting it, since his sole interest seems to be shutting down any potential for impeachment. Ends justifies the means, much?
"It's hardball all the way," a senior GOP congressional aide said.
The sources said the administration has been alarmed over the damage that could result from the Senate hearings, which began on Monday, Feb. 6. They said the defection of even a handful of Republican committee members could result in a determination that the president violated the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Such a determination could lead to impeachment proceedings.So, let's see: the Republican Party stands for (a) the Constitution, the nation and its principles or (b) whatever Karl Rove tells them to stand for, because they are big wimpy babies who aren't allowed to think for themselves and who pee in their pants every time Karl says jump? You choose.
Over the last few weeks, Mr. Rove has been calling in virtually every Republican on the Senate committee as well as the leadership in Congress. The sources said Mr. Rove's message has been that a vote against Mr. Bush would destroy GOP prospects in congressional elections.
Here's what I know about national security -- you paint it as a political issue, you weaken the nation as a whole. because you split the nation in half as people take sides on an issue where we should all be united. Why does Karl Rove want to help the terrorists by tearing the nation in two?
Guess Rove's "win at all costs and protect the boss" strategy means he doesn't give a rat's ass about the safety of the country -- or the long-term health and principles of the Republican party, for that matter. Isn't it time someone in the media started asking about this?
How's that political blackmail working for you now that your own side is outing your dirty tactics directly to the media, Karl?
Looks to me like a whole lot of GOP folks on the Hill are pulling back the curtain on the once powerful Oz, and letting the politicos in Washington get a gander at the smarm-merchant behind the curtain. Tough to maintain that veneer of power when no one respects your heavy-handed tactics any longer. Here's hoping.
(Photo via Bush's Brain. Hat tip to reader Stacyb for the article link.)
UPDATE: I meant to also point out the fact that Rove is more than willing to screw the party to save Bush. Witness the willingness to withdraw any party aid to people who don't do Karl's bidding. Screw the party and any re-election plans for those folks -- Karl's revenge is more important. Whatta team player.