July 8th, 2008
03:37 PM ET
14 years ago

Dem wants to ban future Roves from the White House

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/08/art.rove.gi.jpg caption="Rove is a former top Bush aide."](CNN) - The future Karl Roves of the world may be outlawed from working in the White House.

Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, the chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, suggested to a Capitol Hill newspaper that he is considering legislation that bans the use of federal money to fund a position similar to the one the longtime Bush aide held in the White House.

Rove, who orchestrated both of the president's successful electoral victories, headed the White House's Office of Political Affairs and the Office of Public Liaison during Bush's first term. Democrats have long accused Rove of using those offices - which include interacting with political committees and interest groups - to essentially run the president's 2004 reelection campaign.

“Why should we be using taxpayer dollars to have a person solely in charge of politics in the White House?” Waxman told The Hill. “Can you imagine the reaction if each member of Congress had a campaign person paid for with taxpayer dollars?”

Ethics rules in the Senate are considerably clearer when it comes to conducting political business: congressional aides are banned from using government phones, e-mail, and computers for any politically-related job.

Waxman's office confirmed the accuracy of the quotes, but would not comment further.

Filed under: Karl Rove
soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Franky

    Yep, you gotta love this country.....

    July 8, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. ARB


    July 8, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Cher

    NObama wants to add Wright and Rezco to his staff.

    Dems messed up by voting for Obama. Hillary was our only hope.

    July 8, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Is there anyone out there who thinks Karl Rove ever had the best interests of his country at heart?

    Seems his entire political existence has been devoted to getting his people in office and keeping them in office. What they do while in office is completely beside the point. What lies must be told, or laws broken to get them there is beside the point.

    "Rovian" is entering the national lexicon as an adjective meaning, "dirty, underhanded, and despicable." It makes "Machiavellian" sound like a compliment.

    July 8, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. If not Hillary....then McCain

    Then I think Obama should also be banned for allowing illegal and thug activity to infiltrate his campaign in caucus states and for trying to stack the decks with delegates and committee appointees. Also for buying superdelegate votes and for lying to the American people.

    I do not see a big diffeence in underhanded activities here.

    Waxman is a yes man.

    July 8, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. todd

    Typical liberal democrat way to 'level the playing field', ban it. You idiots can't win without making a new law to ban something you can't do on your own. You guys took control of welfare and look what it's done to our country. You guys took over the education dept during Carter's reign, and look at the uneducated sponges coming out of our schools. What you touch you break, what you can't do on your own efforts you ban the competition so they can't do it either. BABIES!!! Rove is smart and knows what he's doing so let's criminalize him.

    July 8, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Matt

    The Dems need their own Rove, and never mind Sam of Muncie's stupid comment about Democrats not stooping to Republicans' levels. Political parties that are out of power and don't play for keeps, going below the belt if need be, stay out of power. I agree Rove is a scum but the Dems could learn a lot from him if only they weren't blinded by hate. Waxman's proposal is just sour grapes and I hope it is defeated. Politics is a dirty business and it's payback time!

    July 8, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Jeffrey Allen Miller, NY

    Rove was the most brilliant PR spin man the nation has seen in and out of politics. He kept his hands on the pulse of the average voter (christian, fearful, diminished education) and used these stats to the advantage of the administration's strategy. It didn't backfire immediately... but more did catch on recently (in my opinion) and they will be more observant of spin coming from the White House for a few years... should this role be banned? No, don't think that solves the problem. Voters must become educated. That is what a true leader would propose.

    July 8, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. RC

    I clear my nose in your general direction, you wiper of other peoples bottons, you ninny twit. Rove is obscene.

    July 8, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Chris, San Diego

    I recently heard from a Washington insider that Dick Cheney's pet name for GW (when he's not around) is "The Intern" – further evidence of the big Dick running the show. Rove, Rumsfeld and all the other sleaze balls that America's confused republicans decided to burden this earth with are a typical reflection of the party's base, which is essentially biggotry and greed. Greed at the expense of the environment, greed at the expense of the neediset amongst us.

    How did they turn "environmentailst" into a bad word? Havign concern fo rour oceans, air, forests and the rest of God's creatures is a horrible thing?

    I'm proud to be a latte drinking, birkenstock wearing, prius driving progressive environmentalist with a social consciousness and disdain for weapons, wars and greedy corporations and individuals who pollute and foul our plant with their consumeristic behavior that seeks to devour and conquer all in it's path.

    No more Roves in the White House is a no brainer however it's the least of our problems.

    July 8, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Jim

    Of course EVERY congressman has a communications director who's sole purpose is to reelect his boss.

    Everyone one of these congressmen including Waxbrow pays this guy with tax payer money.

    But of course. let's cast stone.

    I love the knee-jerk CNN treason trial posts on every article about White House.

    Change the album, the song is old.

    July 8, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Tony

    I've always wondered why my tax dollars are paying for political operatives in the White House. Waxman is one of the few in Congress willing to stand up to the Bush mafia.

    July 8, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    The thought that we paid Rove with our tax dollars to systematically destroy this country in the name of partisan politics just turns my stomach.

    July 8, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. dick bohanon

    karl rove is why decent people dont vote republican.
    they may actually care about others.
    funny how cheney/rove voters
    scrapped off those bumper stickers so quickly.
    when you can admit you voted TWICE
    for the cabal then you may
    have some credible insight about anything .
    you have held your breath for over 7 years
    so i wont hold mine waiting

    July 8, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Not fooled by distractions

    Hey t –

    "Well of course they don't want another Rove, he's a genius who's not on their side. Naturally, if someone in the democratic party was as smart as Rove, this issue wouldn't even come up."

    He wasn't so smart in 06, huh? "His numbers" just never did mesh with reality. I don't think he's such a genius – his slash and burn tactics aren't working so well this year. He's transparent – and now everyone can see through him and his bull. I'd say that Obama is running a smoother campaign than Rove could ever dream of – and he's not going scum bucket nasty like Rove did. Oh yeah, Obama's much better than Rove could dream of being.

    July 8, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Nia - Phoenix, AZ

    Future....Shouldn't they be focusing on the present?! Shouldn't his bloated rear end be in jail months ago?

    July 8, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. proud army and navy mom

    Rove is a devil helper, bush is the devil; Cheney is satan. They have been spoonfeeding bush for 8 years. these are the people the repugs look up to.. very scary.

    July 8, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Dan Sczepanski, New York

    Guaranteed. If Karl Rove were a Democrat apparatchik, he would be hailed by Waxman and all the left-coasters as a dedicated public servant. DON'T INSULT MY INTELLIGENCE!!!!

    July 8, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Mat

    It shouldn't be that there shouldn't be another 'Karl Rove' just that 1) The Dems need to be better at standing up to them and 2) they should hold the real Karl Rove acountable for all that he has done. It's a joke how he's been aloud to get away with basically murder and the mugging of the Presidency of the United States.

    July 8, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. mhm

    republicans should be sent to guantanamo.they are the real terrorists.9/11 was a fraud,perpetuated by republicans and corporate interests,to crank up the old war machine and rape our own country.liars,thieves and murderers.rove and bush leading the way.

    July 8, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. I Cant Recall

    "Office of Political Affairs and the Office of Public Liaison"

    Otherwise known as Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.

    July 8, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Mary


    Republicans trying to be Hillary supporters that will vote for McCain…….ya, a Hillary supporter who is defending Karl Rove. Its just too funny!

    And the other ones that desperately try to bring up things that American’s don’t care. Fear card, Flip Flop, Rezko, Wright, muslim, Orange Alert………… See I even mentioned them for you……………. It may have worked in 2000 & 2004 but this year its just not going to work.

    America has finally smartened up. NOT THIS TIME!!!

    Too funny, Hillary supporter defending Karl Rove……….I am going to laugh all day with that one!!!

    July 8, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Lee, Mays Landing New Jersey

    Just send Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Bush, and their cheerleaders at Faux News to an International Tribunal similar to Nuremberg after WW2 or the Hague and let them serve as a reminder that actions, including lying and propaganda, have consequences.

    July 8, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. scrambler

    What Rove said about Obama:

    "Even if you never met him, you know this guy," he said at a Capitol Hill breakfast, according to ABC. "He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone."

    The best part: Rove made this SNIDE comment about Obama while he was at the Capitol Hill country club."

    What an IDIOT.

    July 8, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    After the Bush Cabal is finished in January, 2009, the war crimes trials should start immediately for Bush, Cheney, Rove, Wolfowitz, Bremer, Rumsfeld, etc.

    I know they won't, but I can dream, can't I?!

    July 8, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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