August 14th, 2007
12:09 PM ET
14 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. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Someone's comment that Rove ran the White House like a campaign was dead-on. When it was time to stop politicking and start working for America, all we got was clever tricks, outed spies, and "you're a traitor." I must confess I didn't expect the Bush presidency to be such a train wreck, but in all fairness I don't think anyone knew they were voting for a Rove-Cheney ticket. Now he's gone; what if Bush shakes it off and becomes a statesman at last?

    August 14, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Good riddance to fat-head Karl Rove once and for all!

    August 14, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. alex chapman ville platte,la.

    Hitler said that the Third Reich would lasr one thouand years. He missed it by over 950 years. Karl Rove said he would create a Republican Reign for decades by divide/conquer. I hope the American people provw him wrong.

    August 14, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. bkrane Pittsburgh PA

    Gergen says Rove has a "good mind". When someone uses a "good mind" to do bad things they are a monster.

    August 14, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. James, Phoenix, AZ

    Ever notice how democrats resort to name-calling of effective conservatives? Just to recount a few:

    Fat-Head/Monster (Karl Rove)

    Darth-Vader (Dick Cheney)

    Idiot/Criminal/Hitler/etc (President Bush)

    The Devil (Ken Starr)

    One would think most people grow out of the name-calling in the 4th grade. Guess not with Democrats?

    August 14, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. AirAmerican, San Clemente CA

    Another Republican who has earned his Presidential PARDON....

    August 14, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. D Adams

    If Rove lives to be 80 years old, he'll not witness the end of the harm he and this administration has done to the United States. Our grand children will still be paying their

    August 14, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. M J Meyer, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Anyone who is familiar with the autism spectrum disorder can tell you that Rove is a high functioning person with autism. He is a classic case.

    Hard to believe that someone like this achieved such power.

    August 14, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. bkrane Pittsburgh PA


    I have to agree with your observation – your heroes have been "effective" conservatives. You don't get it do you? THAT JUST HAPPENS TO BE THE PROBLEM!!!!

    August 14, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Toni Jo Kidd, Pittsburgh, PA

    So Rove is resigning to spend more time with his family--How many of the soldiers in Iraq would love to be able to do that? Toni Jo, Pittsburgh, PA

    August 14, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Matt, Miami, FL

    Oh James James James. It's only the Democrats that resort to name calling? Let's see, there are 83,000 references to "Defeatocrats" on Google right now. Smells like name-calling to me. Oh and how do you justify the Swift Boating of John Kerry? Worse than merely name-calling, it was deceitful and dishonesty of the highest degree by those on the morally bankrupt and soulless right.

    August 14, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. James, Phoenix AZ

    " have to agree with your observation – your heroes have been "effective" conservatives. You don't get it do you? THAT JUST HAPPENS TO BE THE PROBLEM!!!!"

    ~ bkrane, Pittsburgh

    I see, you're now the grammar police? You might wish to look up the difference between EFFECT and AFFECT.

    Effect: The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result.

    Affect: to influence. (2) act on emotions.

    The conservatives I shared are ones that achieved results. But I really never expected critics such as yourself to understand the implication.

    Now hurry along ... recess is almost over.

    August 14, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. C.LyOns, New York, NY

    The damage "we" allowed the neo-conservatives to do to this country hopefully has come to an end. Wolfowitz-resigned, Rummsfeld-fired, Rove-quit, Cheney-on the way out...their "fear-mongering" has lasted 3 decades-first we were supposed to fear the Iranians (then armed Saddam),then the Soviets/Communism (arming/financing Bin Laden) all blew up in their face....and we are now left to clean up their mess.....that's why we need a visionary leader that will change the old ways of doing things and be willing to meet with these leaders instead of resorting to these subversive tactics (Nicuragua Contras see George H.W. Bush) and more this world to a more cooperative society.......

    Vote Obama 08....!!!

    August 14, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Connie, Tn.

    I guess Rove will now make it his life work to re-write history in favor of this Administration. Then he can finally conclude his destroying of America.

    August 14, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Is it just me or are the two faces of Godzilla posing for a New Horror Flick?

    August 14, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. bkrane Pittsburgh PA

    Dear James,

    I quoted your useage of the word "effective" – that's why I used the quotes. Suggest that get out of the sun and do the rest of us a favor!

    August 14, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Matt, Miami, FL

    I'm sorry my friend, but I'm afraid the joke is on you, or as it were, ON ALL OF US. Your "effective" conservatives have had the power to produce an outcome or achieve a result that has destroyed America's long-term security by CREATING the presence of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, of letting Osama Bin Laden escape from Tora Bora only to go after Saddam and by allowing nearly FOUR THOUSAND young men and women die in Iraq. So exactly what have we accomplished in Iraq?
    Why don't you go on and continue to cry that the Vice-President is nick-named Darth Vader and let the grown ups try to fix this CONSERVATIVE DEBACLE!

    August 14, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    I have heard so many comments from the right calling Karl Rove brilliant. I don't get it. He should be behind bars. He's only brilliant if brilliant means repeatedly getting away with stealing elections.

    I have so much to say about this crook, but I don't have the time to say it correctly just yet. i've been brooding on his resignation for two days now, trying to find the best way to articulate my outrage at this guy in general. The fact we even know his name, him being a political operative, says all of it.

    You should never need a "brilliant architect" to win an election. You should win elections because the majority of people agree with you and like you.

    Even talking about Rove gives me the creeps.

    I hope the next caging list he writes has his name at the top and its sent to Rikers.

    August 14, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. Chuck Ladouceur Trenton Ontario Canada

    James from Phoenix you are what Americans fear HITLER REBORN. That Nazi leader Bush and Chainey General in charge of Consentration camps will find themselves in court in due time and will share cells with Rove and that brain cramp Rumsfeld. Then the USA will try to regain some sight of sanity in this world.
    Your Republican party action is why tourism is at a new low and as a Canadian we will never visit your communist run country until real men and women get elected and run the Republicans and FOXNEWS into the ocean.

    August 14, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. James, Phoenix AZ

    Matt, Miami

    Little girls now attend school in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda was removed. OBL (if not dead) is no longer producing videos and (at best) is likely living the remainder of his life on-the-run or in the same type of hole Saddam was found.

    Saddam is dead. Iraq has the opportunity to create a representative government which recognizes Sunni's, Shiites, and other views. It is THEIR choice whether to join the civilized world or continue barbaric means of self-destruction.

    The good men and women of our armed services have served nobly and honorably. The have been successful in completing the orders given and (unless you believe Nancy Pelosi) have made more friends than enemies in these lands.

    250,000 soldiers died in WW2
    50,000 soldiers died in Vietnam
    4,000 in Iraq

    Call this a "debacle" and count yourself as team member of the cut-and-run club... but history will record our efforts as liberators.

    Nice to know you, OBL, and the the islamic terrorists all agree.

    August 14, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Dorothy, Hood River, Or

    James in Phoenix says that the Democrats have pet names for the Republicans – he thinks everyone should have outgrown this by 3rd grade. Well James – the President's favorite pet name for Karl Rove is Turdblossom.. guess he is still acting like a 3rd grader, playing GI Joe and all that goes with it.

    August 14, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Dr. Robert Coleman

    Bubba, seriously...are you kidding?!? There would first need to be evidence of ability before something like that could take place.

    August 14, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. Andrew, Jakarta, Indonesia

    In terms of national security Democrats still cannot work their way past the Clinton policy of trying to achieve results by inadequate means – whether it's a cruise missile or a cigar. History will show that the Bush policy of drawing Al Quaeda onto a battlefield where conventional forces have an advantage is a correct one. As far as Hilary in the White House? With a Clinton there you know someone is getting screwed.

    August 14, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Matt: Noticed how after 9-11 the Islamic World was sensitive about military action because of the hard feelings that still persist from The Crusades. How soon do you think they will "move on" from being invaded & occupied by an oil hungry empire based on the allegation of WMDs that weren't there & an el qida connection which THEY know never existed? Body count was the wrong measure for judging success in Vietnam & it's the wrong measure for this 4+ year wae.

    August 14, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. KD, Dallas, TX

    Brilliant people don't always have brilliant outcomes. I do think Karl Rove is brilliant. He is capable of manipulating the masses for sure....James included. His means of manipulation if ever really looked at could earn him a place in prison. Bush should have never been elected. The outcome has been terrible for our country. We are heading towards a totalitarian state and not the freedom of our constitution as we knew it growing up. I really don't think it's a Republican Democrat thing regarding feelings towards this administration. If it were Bush's ratings wouldn't be so low.

    Karl Rove is a brilliant man, what he has been able to pull off few others could have. Please don't get me wrong. I have much disdain for what this administration has done to our country.

    August 14, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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