Monday, November 17, 2008

Snarky NY Timeser meets classic Rove

Thanks to Scott Johnson at Powerline I learned about the NY Times’ Deborah Solomon’s interview with Karl Rove.

It’s brief and begins - - -

Do you see the election results as a repudiation of your politics?
Our new president-elect won one and a half points more than George W. Bush won in 2004, and he did so, in great respect, by adopting the methods of the Bush campaign and conducting a vast army of persuasion to identify and get out the vote.

But what about your great dream of creating a permanent Republican governing majority in Washington?
I never said permanent. Durable.

Do you think John McCain attacked too much or not enough?
Dissecting the campaign that way is not helpful.

Have you met Barack Obama?
Yes, I know him. He was a member of the Senate while I was at the White House and we shared a mutual friend, Ken Mehlman, his law-school classmate. When Obama came to the White House, we would talk about our mutual friend.

Did you have lunch together? Talk in the hall?
We sat in the meeting room and chatted before the meeting. He had a habit of showing up early, which is a good courtesy.

Are you going to send him a little note congratulating him?
I already have. I sent it to his office. I sent him a handwritten note with funny stamps on the outside.

What kind of funny stamps?

Do you have any advice for him? You already criticized Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s new chief of staff, as a sharply partisan choice.
I raised a question as to whether this would be the best use of Rahm Emanuel’s talents. If you’re trying to work through a big legislative priority, it is sort of hard if you have a guy who has a reputation as a tough, hard, take-no-prisoners, head-in-your-face, scream-and-shout, send-them-a-dead-fish partisan.

What about you? You were always seen as very partisan.
I wasn’t the chief of staff. And you’d be surprised by the Democrats I actually met, got to know and worked with.

The rest of the interview’s here.

I wish I was there at the end of it to congratulate Rove on the way he handled the snarky Solomon who kept serving up “gotchas.”


Anonymous said...

Those pussilaminous little creeps from NYT and other dark, dank places keep making the same mistake of coming unarmed to a battle of wits with Karl Rove. He eats their lunch on a pretty regular basis and little twits don't even know they've been KOd. Kind of like the Black Knight in Monty Python's Spamalot. It's great fun watching them walk right into those Rove haymakers.
Tarheel Hawkeye