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March 30, 2007

The Prestige


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Political advisers have had a hand in picking judges and prosecutors for decades, but Mr. Rove exercises unusually broad influence over political, policy and personnel decisions because of his closeness to the president, tenure in the administration and long-standing interest in turning the judiciary to the right.

In terms of visual suggestion, it doesn’t get much better. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this shot of Karl Rove doing a rap skit (if you can believe that!) at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ dinner Wednesday night.  Married to a NYT article yesterday detailing Rove’s role in hiring and firing United States attorneys, we get a wonderfully imaginative composition of the two Karls.  Simultaneously, we experience “front and center” Karl, known for being smug, loose and playful in the spotlight, in tandem with “behind the scenes” Karl, wielding that magic hand behind his back, helping catch and toss those attorneys, and causing the right wing judiciary to flourish. 

The problem for Karl, though — as the photo also relates — is that that magic hand has suddenly caught the spotlight, too, illuminating the strobe effect of ugly partisan intrigue.

(image: Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images.  March 28, 2008.

  • tardigrade

    When Rove said he like to tear the heads off of animals I was struck by his honesty. Not by his humor.

  • MonsieurGonzo

    hmmm… i can think of better images (to depict the character of Mr. Rove) but this one is interesting, nonetheless. My first impression was something celestial, as these two figures were “as in orbit” about the shining sun in the upper left-hand corner…
    …their time in the sun is waning, however ~ only a sliver of light now energizes planet Bush and his Main Man Moon…
    …their destinies a tight, mutually exclusive orbit. that peculiar, swooping thing on the right suggesting either something ominous, about to strike, what ~ the Dark Side of the Moon ?
    YouTube => Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun :
    Little by little the night turns around
    Counting the leaves which tremble at dawn
    Novices lean on each other in yearning
    Under the leaves the swallow is resting
    Set the controls for the heart of the sun
    Over the mountain, watching the watcher
    Breaking the darkness waking the grapevine
    One inch of love is one inch of shadow
    Love is the shadow that ripen’s the wine
    Set the controls for the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun
    Witness the man who raves at the wall
    Making the shape of his question to heaven
    Whether the sun will fall in the evening
    Will he remember the lesson of giving ?
    Set the controls for the heart of the son
    The heart of the son
    The heart of the son

  • donna

    Turdblossom is an exceedingly ugly little man.
    Inside and out.

  • jtfromBC

    From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggetty beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord deliver us.

  • lytom

    The hand reaching from behind, from darkness…

  • cgd

    The Prince of Darkness

  • mugatea

    The comedians who brought this rap act to stage have done this rap act so poorly for so many years now, it’s been painful to watch for a looooooooooooong time. [ABC production]
    These ‘funny’ guys hang with Drew Carey (Bush pimper), someone mentioned Dennis Miller (Bush pimper) in a previous post . . .
    as a person who enjoys comedy and freedom of speech it blows me away how quickly I stopped laughing at thier attempted jokes when they became aggressively political.

  • jtfromBC

    If you missed Karl’s rap session you may add eight minutes and 29 seconds to your life.

  • readytoblowagasket

    “I follow him to serve my turn upon him:
    We cannot all be masters, nor all masters
    Cannot be truly follow’d.”

  • ryeland

    And just as the spotlight catches Rasputin Rove’s mischievous right hand, the appendage transforms into…not Rove’s right hand at all, but an appendage of the sinister Left, and connected to some shadowy unseen figure. It wasn’t Rove removing the blindfold from Lady Justice after all. It was those Democrats again, trying to blame poor Karl as they always do. Foiled again!

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