November 19th, 2007
09:57 AM ET
6 years ago

John Dickerson: Rove continues role as 'mischief-maker'

President Bush comforted Rove as the two men announced his resignation in mid-August.

(CNN) - In an interview Monday, Chief Political Columnist for Slate.com, John Dickerson weighed in on Karl Rove’s Op-Ed piece in Newsweek magazine – calling the former top Bush aide a “mischief-maker.”

The article, “Hillary can be beaten in the 2008 election,” gives advice to the Republican candidates on how to move forward with their campaigns assuming New York Sen. Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination.

Rove who is often referred to as the ‘brains’ behind the Bush administration said, “The American people want their president to be authentic. And against a Democrat who calculates almost everything including her accent and laugh, being seen as someone who says what he believes in a direct way will help.”

Dickerson says Rove has a lot of “smarts whether you like him or not,” but adds the column shows how Rove continues to play the role of “mischief-maker.” He says the column repeatedly takes aim at Clinton. Rove also refers to the way she was characterized by a questioner at a John McCain event last week, while calling that description ‘tasteless.’

“The advice to be authentic, to talk about the future that’s […] the advice you learn to give candidates in political spin 101 but, his role as a mischief-maker came back in that ad,” Dickerson said.

The article is Karl Rove’s first column as a contributing opinion writer to Newsweek magazine.

Related video: Watch Dickerson discuss Rove

Related: Rove: Obama missing opportunities to knock Clinton

–CNN’s Emily Sherman


Filed under: Karl Rove
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    QUESTION for Hillary Supporters:

    Does it bother you her campaign is being funded and orchestrated by George Soros?

    The fact is the Progressive Party is OWNED by a hand-full of wealthy socialists: George Soros, Peter Lewis, Steven Bing, Andrew and Deborah Rappaport.

    These few individuals created Moveon.Org.

    In June 2004 Moveon.Org organized 110,000 members to support seeing Michael Moores Fahrenheit 9/11 – and then had "house parties" to invite non-members for one-on-one procelytizing.

    The NAME of this effort (in 2004) by Moveon.Org was "Turn Up the Heat".

    Hillary Clinton just weeks ago in her 2008 Presidential campaign came out with the slogan "Turn Up the Heat".
    Hillary refused to rebuke Moveon.Org's "General Betray Us" Ad.

    Bottom line – John Edwards is correct.
    Hillary Clinton is owned by Corporate Democrats and Socialists. But you blind supporters pretend she has "grass roots" appeal while the rest of us will watch – eyes open – to this political "Theater" called the Clinton Campaign.

    Doesn't this bother you Clinton Supporters???

    November 19, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Bob, Syracuse, NY

    Hasn't Karl done enough damage to this Country and the world with his advice?

    November 19, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Don't forget, Karl Rove didn't help GWB "win" the election in 2000. However, he is responsible for some of the "mischief making" by this administration. I wonder if Bush wished he had never listened to Rove or Cheney because we know he didn't create this mess alone.

    November 19, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Mike,Panama City,FL

    The line where Rove talks about a democrat adjusting answers and even accents , reminds me of the whole image attack on a candidate in 2004 .

    Rove is more about image its sleazy , Well rove the words you just have said ,apperanty represent Guilliani , who never was a nascar fan , all of a sudden he is all nascar , he is all neo conservative .

    The republicans will lose everything in 2008

    Rove used to matter , not anymore after 2006 it was over and still is !

    November 19, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Zeus Racine, WI

    Karl Rowe is what we a putting on our spit and roasting this THANKSGIVING!

    Nothing more needs to be said...

    November 19, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    Jon in Sacramento – Until there is meaningful campaign finance reform that includes publicly financed campaigns we will continue to have the problems that both parties have with regard to who is funding them. If you think the same type of funding doesn't exist on the Republican side, you are living in a dream world.

    I'll take a socialism over fascism any day.

    November 19, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. David, Dallas Tx

    Karl Rove said, The American people want their president to be authentic.

    Great advice!–but nearly 7 years too late.

    Still, apparently Republicans can be taught, after all.

    It just takes losing Congress, your boss’ approval ratings, your control of Iraq, your control of the national debt, and subpoenas for a top White House aide to get the message home.

    And your job, of course.

    Maybe if this advice had been part of White House strategy all along, Rove would still have his old job, instead of being forced to contribute opinion pieces to periodicals for some fast cash. ;)

    Still, good advice.

    November 19, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. KD, cherry hill NJ

    QUESTION for Hillary Supporters:

    Does it bother you her campaign is being funded and orchestrated by George Soros?

    The fact is the Progressive Party is OWNED by a hand-full of wealthy socialists: George Soros, Peter Lewis, Steven Bing, Andrew and Deborah Rappaport.

    These few individuals created Moveon.Org.

    In June 2004 Moveon.Org organized 110,000 members to support seeing Michael Moores Fahrenheit 9/11 – and then had "house parties" to invite non-members for one-on-one procelytizing.

    The NAME of this effort (in 2004) by Moveon.Org was "Turn Up the Heat".

    Hillary Clinton just weeks ago in her 2008 Presidential campaign came out with the slogan "Turn Up the Heat".
    Hillary refused to rebuke Moveon.Org's "General Betray Us" Ad.

    Bottom line – John Edwards is correct.
    Hillary Clinton is owned by Corporate Democrats and Socialists. But you blind supporters pretend she has "grass roots" appeal while the rest of us will watch – eyes open – to this political "Theater" called the Clinton Campaign.

    Doesn't this bother you Clinton Supporters???

    Posted By Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca : November 19, 2007 12:33 pm

    -
    I am a loyal democrat. Actually what bothers me more is that obama getting advise from right wing republican smear machine to bring down hillary Clinton.
    I am really dissapointed in obama! he actually took novak's word over hillary! I mean really he trusts NOVAK over HILLARY?. what is hapenning to this brilliant man.
    1st he takes advise from chris mathews -"hit her hard" then advise from carl rove and now from Novak. who is next kenneth star? you bet
    shame on obama!

    November 19, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    Jon in California-
    NO! None of those things bother me!
    What bothers me is that Bush is still running the country! What bothers me is a vicious war based on lies! What bothers me is the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer! What bothers me is that this is not "America" anymore because of the mess the Republicans have made!
    Lets hear it for some moderate socialism!! Yea!

    November 19, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    That's all he had to call him...a "mischief maker"! Heck I could think of a lot more ways to describe him!!! It is nice to see he got a job that requires only commnentary–he won't have need for "pesky" annoyances like crediblity, and truth.

    November 19, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Rove should go to prison – period!!!

    He trained under Donald Segretti, who went to prison for his antics in Watergate.

    November 19, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Jed in Texas

    two more orange jump suits coming soon.lmao

    November 19, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. diane

    These guys must be so isolated not to realize how much America despises them and what they've done to the country. In a few years we will be living the worsening repercussions of the Bush era, and all the nasty "secrets" will be coming out, and Rove, Cheney and Bush will be sitting back with cigars on a yacht somewhere laughing. So much for the "patriots". Shame on Newsweek.

    November 19, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Ruth Bethinger, NYC

    Karl Rove is known to have pushed to help Kerry win in the 2004 primary because Rove knew Kerry was easiest to beat. So remember, when Rove is trying to help Clinton win by saying attacking Obama and saying Obama is "missing opportunities", we must ask if Rove has a bigger plan.

    I, for one, cannot vote for Hillary Clinton – she is my senator and I voted for her, but I deeply regret making that mistake and will never vote for her again.

    November 19, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Jackson, Morongo Valley, CA

    I find it disgusting that the media still sees this almost treasonous political pitbull as worthy of printing his comments.

    November 19, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. James, Phoenix AZ

    KD ~ Cherry hill, NJ,

    Sun-Tzu (400 BC) declared, "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer".

    An Arabian Proverb states, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend".

    Don't fool yourself into thinking Hillary is looking out for the best interest of Obama. Hillary is looking out for HILLARY. Obama is WISE to consider multiple sources of information – and yes – including Novak or others.

    You're upset Obama gave weight to Robert Novak? Hillary took 2 weeks and 4 different positions on Drivers Licenses for Illegals – what makes Hillary's word so meaningful now?

    Hillary says she never knew Norman Hsu when the story first broke. LATER we find out he was a prestigious "Hill-raiser", raised $850,000 for her campaign, and had a personal photo with her. But she never knew him??

    I have MORE respect for Obama because he IS running a smart campaign.

    By the way... wasn't it BILL CLINTON that accused Obama and the other "boys" of swiftboating Hillary??

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander, right??

    November 19, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Z, St. Louis, MO

    "Mischief maker".. I'd prefer to use
    the term criminal.He's a scumbag that
    has a lot of peons that do his dirty
    work.He loves Machiavelli and he sees
    himself in a "Princely" role.I'd just
    call him a coward that cant do his own
    dirty work.

    He, along with Pearle and Armitage and these other "mischief maker" scumbags that have helped create the disaster with Iraq and enriched themselves in the process, need to be sent to the gallows.After a close
    encounter with a cattle prod and
    some waterboarding while they answer
    some questions..Because that's not
    "torture" to them, it's just "mischief"..

    November 19, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. J. Niles, Trenton, NJ

    "Rove who is often referred to as the ‘brains’ behind the Bush administration..." Brains? Yeh, like the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain manipulating the bells and smokescreens of deceits and lies.

    November 19, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Frank Honolulu HI

    This man should be in jail just like O.J. Simpson. He broke the law and should be paying for it.

    November 19, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Tricia Charlottetown PEI

    Rove can write and comment till Dooms Day but I doubt any American or even International Citizen would believe one word he utters!

    They got his adjective correct for sure. "Mischief Maker," but that is a mild description. I was wondering when he resigned what his new role would be, guess we all know now.

    November 19, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Lance in Monrovia CA

    I think Karl Rove has a crush on Hillary Clinton. He can't stop talking about her. Why not? I'll tell you categorically, the absolute honest truth... Karl Rove is desperately afraid of Barack Obama. If he doesn't prop Hillary up as the inevitable nominee every chance he gets, he's afraid that Barack may just sneak in there and take away his legacy.

    Rove knows that Hillary can be beat. Every tactic he just named to defeat her, would never hold water against Obama. Obama would eat Karl Rove and his neo nut cronies for breakfast.

    It's widely known and even admitted to by Rove that he attacked Kerry in 2004 during the primaries because he was afraid to go up against Edwards, who would have outshined Bush and Kerry both.

    Now Karl Rove is doing the same old thing, and the code of his article was, "FOCUS YOUR ATTACKS ONLY ON HILLARY IF YOU WANT TO WIN NUMBSKULLS!!!"

    However, the right wing will have a rude awakening when Obama is the nominee, because they will have wasted all their fire on Hillary.

    bottom line, Republicans don't have a big issue with Obama. I've met a few Republicans at volunteer meetings for Obama, they like him, they like his message of bringing the states together and they figure he's the only hope they have of having a voice in the next eight years.

    The only thing the Republicans have to unite them as a party is Hillary Clinton. You take that away, and Karl Rove is suddenly facing war crimes charges, along with Bush, Cheney, Gonzalez and the rest.

    he knows that Obama would cut him no slack. So therefore, he'll just keep on attacking Hillary.

    Obama 08.

    November 19, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. steve, Lyons, CO

    "QUESTION for Hillary Supporters:

    Does it bother you her campaign is being funded and orchestrated by George Soros?"

    Of course not. Soros is a liberal billionaire. End of story.

    Does it bother you that Bush's campaigned was funded by Rupert Murdoch?

    November 19, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. ED winter park fl

    hey karl does larry craig know you left the potty stall in minnesota

    November 19, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    To use the word "authentic" in the same sentence as "Rove" is just wrong. This man is the biggest and most corrupt man in America. This guy is evil.

    November 20, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |

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