August 14th, 2007
12:09 PM ET
13 years ago

Gergen weighs in on Rove

Could Karl Rove become the architect of a kinder, gentler politics?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - David Gergen, a former White adviser to several presidents, ponders What Karl Rove's ultimate legacy will be over at the Anderson Copper 360 Blog.

Filed under: Karl Rove
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Blanchard

    James, One problem with your, uh, logic. It leaves out the fact that all Intelligence reports state emphatically that both the numbers of hostile enemies and the risk of terrorism to the United States are far greater than they were when the Decider was told by his keepers it was ok to start wars on any pretext at all (remember, Al-Qaeda wasn't in Iraq before the U.S. began its ill-fated occupation; I won't bring up the WMD thing, because that's such an obvious lie at this point that even those in the administration jokes about it).

    And the second point, since you're so facile with numbers: You unfortunately stopped counting when you were toting up casualities - how about the millions - MILLIONS - of Iraqis and Afghanis whose lives have ended, or been disrupted by loss of their limbs, of their kin, loss of their livelihood (speaking of numbers do you know what unemployment is like in Iraq today compared to during Saddam's era?), loss of electricity (how would you do on an average of one hour of electricity a day?), water, medicine, and housing (millions of refugees displaced - a number that proporotionally would equal tens of millions in a population the size of the U.S.). Not to mention the trillion dollars spent to achieve all this - what? Increased security risk for the U.S.; and utter chaos and violence and misery by far worse for those actually doomed to live in Iraq (if they haven't already died). What planet are you on, man?

    August 14, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. d

    FAT HEAD!!!!

    August 14, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Tomas, Austin, Texas

    Hey James from Phoenix – ever wonder about all the hypocrisy by Bush supporters like you? Rush Limbaugh – drug addict. Bill O'Reilly – sex pervert more perverted than Bill Clinton. Bill Bennett – would you want him monitoring your gambling establishment? Wake up!!! Anyone still supporting the Bush administration has their watermelon so far up their backside that vision is severely impaired. 3 out of every 10 should tell you something. Get a clue. This administration is operating the largest crime ring in America out of the White House. This President has soiled the reputation of America more perverse than any in history. What a disgrace to America and all American people around the world. Wake up and get a grip on reality.

    August 14, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. thomas gardnerl

    Rats leaving a sinking ship

    August 14, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. Wolfgang Liedtke

    Karl "The architect" Rove leaves now, since he cannot contribute anything meaningful anymore from within the White House. He will put his formidable architectural talent to the drawing up and construction and irreversible implementation of a fictional reality in which President bush has served the country in a patriotic manner during a time of war.
    This is the best strategy in preventing the reality-based community from deconstructing the bush-disaster, the worst presidency in US history, a debacle of unprecedented dimensions. If the critics have to argue against a firmly established fictional reality, and their spirit equals that of House Democrats approving of Alberto Gonzales overseeing extended spying powers, they will never manage in pointing out that the emperor is indeed nude.
    That is true and only purpose of Rove's exit now. And his emotional voice-tremor on his final farewell in the Rosegarden, together with his president, bespeaks of nothing short of that inside Rove, the fiction that he is set out to create has already firmly established itself as a virtual reality.
    George W Bush- Airport, -Library, -Concert Hall, -Medal of Freedom, -Academy for Disaster Relief – you name it !!!
    – you just wait .....

    August 14, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. Yvan,Indio,CA

    What do we got here! Dum and dummer, the ideal couple of American Political deceiviness. Sheep in wolf clothes. What of a legacy, two idiots on their journey of changing the world.What do they have accomplished in six years. Let see 1)went to Irak and kill about 1/2 million people based on lies and more lies.Great Legacy,and leadership.LOL

    August 14, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. Ian McKechnie, Sherwood, Oregon

    There were people just like Rove working in and for Hitler's Third Reich, including a beast named Roverer, who built Hitler a concentration camp. Luckily Rove never collected enough absolute power like Goebbels had, although he did help build a concentration camp at Guantanamo!

    August 15, 2007 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  8. B.J.Gilbert Katy,TX

    I'm sorry Mr.Gergen, but as my grand dad used to say" A tiger don't change his stripes".as for james in Phoenix, republicommies sure didn't have a problem with name calling when Pres. Clinton was impeached. if he was impeached because he lied, then rove, bush, gonzo, and chairman cheeny, should be drawn and quarterd. they LIED about wmds in Iraq, if not then where are they? i know many, many vets that have come home and have said that they have not found any. Iraq is roughly the size of California. if wmds were buried or hidden there, do you think that it would take four years to find them, no it would not! but it does take four years to get all of bush\cheeny's oil company owning buddies pleny of time to start building oil refineries there. that is the real reason that we invaded Iraq.those same companies that made hundreds of billions of dollars in profits last year. i bet that they are real grateful to bush/cheeny/rove, so grateful that i bet that each of them gets a large ranch built for them by "friends" whose names will never be known to the public. i hope that all the DEATHS of all my comrades in arms, as i am a vet myself, haunt them for the rest of thier lives, for they haunt me in nightmares every night.

    August 15, 2007 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  9. Marble Falls Tx

    I speculate that you haven't heard the last of Mr. Rove. See if he goes to Texas to begin a campaign program for current Tx. Gov. Rick Perry's White House 2012 bid. Perry was one of Rove's first proselyted candidates in Rove's early days. Perry is now showing all the grooming signs.

    August 15, 2007 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  10. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    James from Phoenix, go apply for Rove's'd do great in this failure of a Presidency considering you suck up all the garbage they feed you on neo-con radio buddy.

    August 15, 2007 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  11. Rick, Chicago, Illinois

    Remember being taught in school "Caveat emptor-let the buyer beware...?" I wonder if those that financially supported the current administration's election bids believe they got what they paid for....?

    August 15, 2007 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  12. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    James, you are one funny guy! I would really respond to your comments but they are such a parody of Republican stepfordism that they are funny rather than fuel for debate. Get a life, become an adult then come and sit at the grown-ups table.

    August 15, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  13. xtina chicago IL

    People have called President Bush the dumbest man on the planet, the worst President, etc.

    If Karl Rove was able to get the dumbest man on the planet elected, the man is a genius.

    August 15, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. James, Phoenix AZ

    "What do we got here! Dum and dummer," ~ Yvan, Indio CA

    Yvan – dumb and dumber would spell Iraq I-R-A-K.

    If you're going to insult the President at LEAST spell it correctly!

    August 16, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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